This brand new album celebrates the old-school sound that kicked off his passion for country music.

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When you think of Arkansas native Joe Nichols, you likely start humming along to "Brokenheartsville" or "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off." Joe's been around the country scene for some time now, with nine albums, four Grammy nominations, and multiple awards under his belt. His latest album, however, shifts from the "instant success" model that so many current stars in the industry go after. "Full circle is the term I would use," he says. "Let's make something we're gonna be proud of 30 years from now." Never Gets Old is that heartfelt, classic country sound that "feels natural" to the singer-songwriter. Here's why this album is taking Joe back – back to his early career, back to true friends, and back to the simple perfection of pure country music.

Tell us about your new album. What's the inspiration behind the title?

"Never Gets Old" is the title track. I feel it represents the entire album. It's full of songs that never get old to me because each one is written and produced in a way that is true to country music.

How is this album different from your previous records?

With this album, I felt I had a little more creative control as compared to previous ones. We had the chance to really set the tone.

Is there one song on the album that you feel most drawn to?

Well, I love them all. I've said this before but these songs become my friends in a way. "We All Carry Something" has a special place in my heart. I grew up on traditional country music that touched your soul and this song hits me the same way. It just felt right. "Never Gets Old" is an obvious favorite, too. In today's fast-paced world, I love the message and the feeling I get singing it.

Tell us a little about your musical influences. Why do you love country music?

My musical influences have always been the traditional country artists like Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley, and Don Williams to name a few. My family grew up picking and singing country music so it was a natural fit for me. Country is a way of life for me. Historically, country music has been about storytelling and honest hardships for the common man. I'll never stop loving that about it.

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You were born in Arkansas – what did you love about growing up in the South?

I grew up in Northwest Arkansas–Walmart Country, as some call it. It's a beautiful place where my mother and little sister still live today. I have my childhood there to thank for my love of the Arkansas Razorbacks and the St. Louis Cardinals. I love the South! We love our sweet tea and a good football game. My wife will cook you up a casserole and bring it over in a heartbeat.

Are there any Southern values that you hope to pass down to your children?

It's important to me that my children are good people. My wife and I both grew up feeling blessed to grow up in this country and blessed to live with the freedom to do what we love for a living. My 5-year-old can recite the pledge of allegiance by memory already and I couldn't be more proud of her for that.

What's your favorite Southern food, and where can we get it?

It is absolutely fried chicken! I love Barbara's Home Cooking in Franklin, Tennessee.

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