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Thursday To-Do: Joe Nichols

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JOE NICHOLS
7:30 p.m., Electric Cowboy. $15.

Joe Nichols
is coming home, new album in tow. It's called “Old Things New,” which is probably an apt summation of Nichols and his music. For more than a decade, the Rogers native has eschewed Nashville gloss for traditional country sounds — pedal steel, fiddles, twangy guitars. Nichols' voice, warm but gritty, harkens back to a rougher time, too (the Washington Post recently said that “no one in Nashville has a ‘countrier' voice” than Nichols). Couple that voice with songs like “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” and “Cheaper than a Shrink” (“About 18 bucks will get you four six-packs/No pouring out your heart to some high-dollar quack”), and it's not hard to see why Nichols is steadily emerging as country superstar. Admission on Thursday includes a copy of “Old Things New.”

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