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Album Review

Though Joe Nichols has had a fair amount of country chart success, he's had terrible luck with record labels, which has made much of his output spottily available at best. The Early Years is, rather shockingly, the third time that Nichols' debut album has been released. First issued as Joe Nichols in 1996 and then as Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other in 2002, The Early Years is simply the same ten songs in a new package with a slightly different running order, plus the mild inducement of a bonus DVD featuring the music videos for the album's four singles. The songs are solid post-Alan Jackson mid-'90s Nashville country with a little more depth than the average hat act of the era, and there are a few minor gems here like the dryly humorous "Wal-Mart Parking Lot" and the fine country-rocker "She Could Care Less." Still, the average Joe Nichols fan has probably bought this album at least once, and he doesn't need it again. Newer fans might be interested, however.


Born: 26 November 1976 in Rogers, AR

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Joe Nichols took the roundabout way to country success, scoring his first major hit six years after landing his initial record deal. A native of Rogers, Arkansas, Nichols grew up watching his father play bass in a local country band. He himself played in a rock band during his teenage years but soon came back to country, and after high school took a night job as a DJ while supporting himself as a mechanic by day. He met producer Randy Edwards at the latter job, and under Edwards' guidance, he performed...
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