Joe Nichols has been one of my favorite artists since his sort-of debut album Man With a Memory came out in 2002.
I loved his second single Brokenheartsville.
After a 1996 independent eponymous release, Nichols hung around Nashville until signing with Universal South (now merged with Toby Keith at Showdog Nashville).
Now, after one platinum album and another gold album, Nichols brings us the second single from Old Things New.
Joe Nichols | Gimmie That Girl
Nichols has consistently delivered songs that sounded like well-produced Nashville fare.
Gimmie That Girl is catchy and is a rare song that plays to both men and women.
Women seem to be able to put aside the lack of complexity or demanding-ness in the lyrics as they allow themselves to be taken aback by Nichols’ smooth and crooning voice.
I’ve caught gals singing right along with the melodies as they seem to imagine that Joe is singing right to them about all of the little things that women tend to worry about that men mostly miss.
Nichols sings Gimmie that girl with her hair in a mess/Sleepy little smile with her head on my chest/That’s the you that I like best/Gimmie that girl.
It can come off as demanding if you read too much into it, but to the casual listener it seems like Nichols is simply letting his woman know that all she has to do is be herself to make him happy.
The song has a little rock edge, which seems to be found in most country songs these days (see Jason Aldean). There is nothing particularly wrong with this. It adds a little extra layer to the track.
This song is a hit.
People are loving the catchy melody and unique delivery from a great singer who delivers George Strait consistency in his vocals.