Joe Nichols is, and has always been, one of the most underrated artists in the country music mainstream. It’s a shame that voice is not heard on the radio more often these days.
He continues to show his love for real country music with his new video series titled, Merle Mondays, where Joe covers various songs from the great Merle Haggard.
“There’s been a few voices that have come along that have really set the standard in Country. Certainly for males. George Jones, Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley – singer’s singer. The other part of it for me is also his ability to make a song seem real, the lyrics the guy writes and sings you actually can just taste it in the air,” Nichols said.
“It’s very weird, very few songwriters and singers can pull that off. And when he sings about the Tulare dust in a farm boy’s nose and the ‘Sing Me Back Home’—the warden leading the prisoner down by his cell. To me it seems real and that’s a sign of a true artist when music connects with the listener so much that you actually feel a part of the story. Merle has the voice—amazing vocal talent and ability, but that lonesome realness that most people don’t have, that’s what in my opinion makes him the best.”