Real Things

Real Things

by Joe Nichols



Joe Nichols is a great singer and a nice guy. So on his terrific new album, Real Things, he's not altogether believable singing about "when I was stoned out of my mind" on "My Whiskey Years," and his demure delivery hints that he doesn't believe it, either. But when he sings about matters seemingly closest to his own experience -- the burnished memories of family, friends, and seasonal passages recounted in the title song, a good woman's enduring love trumping a fling in the velvety "She's All Lady" -- Nichols is positively mesmerizing. There's no artifice in his wrenching account of a man left alone with his memories in the surging reminiscence "The Difference Is Night and Day," or in the heart-tugging yearning he chronicles in the honky-tonk tear-jerker "If I Could Only Fly." That latter cut is practically an homage to the duets of Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens, with Lee Ann Womack in the Owens role, knocking her parts clean out of the park. The close-to-the-bone feeling Nichols conjures when he digs into a sensitive lyric is a mark of country's finest vocalists and writers since back in the day. Meshing tradition and contemporary style into a classic and timeless sound, Joe Nichols sets an imposing standard with Real Things -- both for himself and for country music as it is defined today.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2007
Label: Universal South
UPC: 0602517324930
catalogNumber: 000888802

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Nichols   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Percussion,Drums
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Jim Hoke   Horn
John Hughey   Pedal Steel Guitar
David Hungate   Bass,Bass Guitar,Upright Bass
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Gordon Mote   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Brent Rowan   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Sitar,Mellotron,Slide Guitar,6-string bass,Wurlitzer,Hi String,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Lee Ann Womack   Background Vocals
Craig Young   Bass,Bass Guitar
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Mandocello
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Morgane Hayes   Background Vocals
Universal Records South Family Singers   Background Vocals
Byran Sutton   Mandocello

Technical Credits

Billy Dean   Composer
Blaze Foley   Composer
Walt Aldridge   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Greg Droman   Engineer
Ben Fowler   Engineer
Brent Rowan   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,Tic Tac,Audio Production
John Scott Sherrill   Composer
Craig White   Engineer
Mark Wright   Producer,Audio Production
Tom Hambridge   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Joe Nichols   Composer
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Karen Cronin   Art Direction
Carson Chamberlain   Composer
Mark Nesler   Composer
Earl Bud Lee   Composer
Chris Lindsey   Composer
Aimee Mayo   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Annie Tate   Composer
Sam Tate   Composer
Scotty Emerick   Composer
Clint Daniels   Composer
Aaron Lines   Composer
Rob McNelley   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
Jamey Johnson   Composer
Lynn Hutton   Composer
John Paul White   Composer

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Real Things 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most amazing cd from such an outstanding singer! He also does an amazing cover of a Merle Haggard song, I would definately recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am ready to meet joe nichols. These songs are beautiful and that darn voice pierces my belly. Thanks a lot Joe for wonderful fantasies. we'll meet someday. This cd is the best...