Man with a Memory

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Man with a Memory
Studio album by Joe Nichols
Released July 23, 2002 (2002-07-23)
Genre Country
Length 45:09
Label Universal South
Producer Brent Rowan
Joe Nichols chronology
Joe Nichols
Man with a Memory
Singles from Man with a Memory
  1. "The Impossible"
    Released: March 11, 2002
  2. "Brokenheartsville"
    Released: November 4, 2002
  3. "She Only Smokes When She Drinks"
    Released: April 28, 2003
  4. "Cool to Be a Fool"
    Released: December 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Man with a Memory is the second studio album by American country music artist Joe Nichols, released in 2002 on the Universal South Records label. It produced four singles on the Billboard country music charts: "The Impossible", "Brokenheartsville" (his first Number One), "She Only Smokes When She Drinks" and "Cool to Be a Fool". Man with a Memory is ceritifed platinum by the RIAA for U.S. shipments of one million copies.

The album is the first production credit for session guitarist Brent Rowan,[2] with whom Nichols has worked on all subsequent albums.

"Everything's a Thing" was originally recorded by Craig Morgan on his 2000 self-titled debut album. "Life Don't Have to Mean Nothing at All" was recorded by Tom T. Hall on his 1997 album "Home Grown".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Impossible"   Kelley Lovelace, Lee Thomas Miller 4:05
2. "Joe's Place"   Mike Dekle, Byron Hill 2:40
3. "Brokenheartsville"   Donny Kees, Blake Mevis, Randy Boudreaux, Clint Daniels 3:51
4. "She Only Smokes When She Drinks"   Connie Harrington, Tim Nichols, Tony Martin 3:24
5. "Everything's a Thing"   Steve Dean, Wil Nance, Joe Nichols 3:18
6. "That Would Be Her"   Reed Nielsen, Jeffrey Steele 4:05
7. "Cool to Be a Fool"   J. Nichols, Dean, Nance 2:56
8. "Can't Hold a Halo to You"   Don Sampson, J. Nichols 3:41
9. "You Can't Break the Fall"   Mark McClurg, Jerry Salley 3:51
10. "You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet"   Tim Mensy, Tony Haselden 4:13
11. "Life Don't Have to Mean Nothin' at All"   Tom T. Hall 2:59
12. "Man with a Memory"   Charlie Black, Rory Michael Bourke 5:58

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2002) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 9
U.S. Billboard 200 72
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 1


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US
2002 "The Impossible" 3 29
"Brokenheartsville" 1 27
2003 "She Only Smokes When She Drinks" 17 72
"Cool to Be a Fool" 18 106


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[3] Platinum


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Man with a Memory review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ Stark, Phyllis (1 February 2003). "Nashville Scene". Billboard: 39. 
  3. ^ "American album certifications – Joe Nichols – Man with a Memory". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH