Nichols to headline Chingawassa

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Chart-topping country star Joe Nichols will perform at Chingawassa Days on June 7 in Marion, becoming the second headliner to sign for the 2013 festival, joining early ’90s rockers FireHouse, who will perform June 8.

Nichols’ biggest hit was 2005’s “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.” The video for the song has more than 6 million views on YouTube.

In the words of Chingawassa Days Committee Chairman Michael Powers, organizers are “stoked” to have a contemporary star for a concert.

“He will be by far the most current act we’ve ever booked,” Powers said Tuesday. “You hear his hits on the radio. It’s going to be a big, current production of an artist who is currently relevant.”

Nichols released his first album in 1996. Starting with “The Impossible” in 2002, he has had 15 consecutive singles make the top 30 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including three No. 1 singles. “Brokenheartsville” from his 2002 album Man with a Memory was his first No. 1 single on the country charts.

His second No. 1 hit was “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” from his 2005 album, III. His most recent No. 1 hit was “Gimmie That Girl” from 2009’s Old Things New.

Nichols has released seven studio albums, a Christmas album, and a greatest-hits album. In October, Nichols signed a new record deal with Red Bow Records.

Nichols and Chingawassa Days have a basic agreement ready for his appearance, and the final details of a contract are expected to be hammered out any time. But until a contract is signed, the concert isn’t set in stone.

Powers said Chingawassa Days was able to make an agreement with Nichols because he will be on his way from Tennessee to Colorado at the time, and Marion is conveniently along the way.

 

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