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Nichols to play tunes from ‘Brokenheartsville’

The four-time Grammy Award nominee will perform at the Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival

Published: Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 22:07

There are a few things synonymous with being an Aggie, such as Midnight Yell practice and saying "howdy" to the passer-by. Alongside these traditions, cowboy boots and country music are parts of the Aggieland package deal.

"I never really grew up on country, but I can appreciate good music when I hear it," said sophomore business major Preston Bateman, . "Country music, I think, really defines Texas and its history, including A&M. Through the culture that surrounds it, there are definitely huge influences here in Aggieland."

Country scene newcomers and long-time followers will have a chance to hear four-time Grammy Award nominee Joe Nichols at the Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival on Saturday. Nichols will headline the main stage on Main Street in Historic Downtown Bryan.

"He has a great voice and some good lyrics," said freshman psychology major Katie Oliver. "In my very basic country music opinion, his songs have a nice traditional country feel to them."

Never heard of Joe Nichols? You may recognize some of his most played songs, "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," "Brokenheartsville" or "Shape I'm In." Recently, Nichols released a new single, "Take it Off." In his career, Nichols has released eight albums, and 14 of his songs have made the Top-40 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart.

Joe Nichols is known for his ballad-esque songs, baritone voice and range in style.

Country music veteran Lydia Petersen, sophomore history major, appreciates Nichols' individuality.

"I think he is a really diverse artist," Petersen said. "His songs cover a pretty wide variety of topics. He isn't like the singers whose songs all sound alike. He keeps the listener interested,"

More than 20 groups will perform Friday and Saturday. In addition, the group Midnight Express will headline with Nichols.


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