Crickets (album)

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Studio album by Joe Nichols
Released October 8, 2013 (2013-10-08)
Genre Country
Length 54:43
Label Red Bow
Joe Nichols chronology
It's All Good
Singles from Crickets
  1. "Sunny and 75"
    Released: May 13, 2013
  2. "Yeah"
    Released: January 27, 2014
  3. "Hard to Be Cool"
    Released: September 1, 2014

Crickets is the eighth studio album by American country music artist Joe Nichols, released on October 8, 2013 by Red Bow Records.[1] It includes a cover of Merle Haggard's "Footlights".[2][3] This album sold 12,330 albums its first week.

Mickey Jack Cones produced the entire album, co-producing with Tony Brown on "Yeah" and "Billy Graham's Bible", and Derek George on all other tracks.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
Country Weekly B[5]
Digital Journal A+[6]
Roughstock 4/5 stars[7]

Crickets garnered generally positive reception from the ratings and reviews of music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic rated the album three stars out of five, remarking how "All of Crickets is peppered with these kind of off-hand references to the modern world, but Nichols' true tell is the bright, affable sound of the record, how it finds a cozy middle ground between his burnished signature and the hyper-stylized, over-sized country of new millennial sports bars."[4] In addition, Erlewine says "his true strengths are rooted in the past, not the present."[4] At Country Weekly, Jon Freeman graded the album a B, indicating how "At times, the overstuffed (at 16 tracks) album struggles to keep the memorable hooks coming, opting instead for generic tales of women on creek banks."[5] Also, Freeman writes that "the beloved neotraditionalist may surprise some listeners by trying on some contemporary clothes."[5] Markos Papadatos of Digital Journal graded the album an A+, highlighting how the listener "can really hear Nichols' heart on this album and his love for the country genre" because Nichols' "leaves his fans yearning for more."[6] Furthermore, Papadatos states Nichols' is "stronger than ever" on a release that "contains 16 songs", which "is a real treat and its production is brilliant."[6] At Roughstock, Ashley Cooke rated the album four stars out of five, calling Nichols' a "completely underrated" musician, and this is evidenced by the "jammed packed album with many different songs and while some of the songs do fall within the cliché of country music out there, the delivery is different", which this is done with a "sound [that] is authentic and his vocals are smooth."[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Just Let Me Fall in Love with You"   Brett Beavers, Steve Bogard, Ryan Tyndell 3:56
2. "Hard to Be Cool"   Rob Hatch, Jason Sellers 3:06
3. "Baby You're in Love with Me"   Dylan Altman, Eric Paslay, Chris Wallin 2:51
4. "Yeah"   Ashley Gorley, Bryan Simpson 3:51
5. "Billy Graham's Bible"   Neal Coty, Chris DuBois, Jimmy Melton 3:07
6. "Better Than Beautiful"   Jason Delkou, Rich Herring 3:38
7. "Gotta Love It"   Dave Berg, Marla Cannon-Goodman, Clay Mills 3:11
8. "Y'ant To"   Justin Wilson 2:52
9. "Sunny and 75"   Michael Dulaney, Sellers, Paul Jenkins 3:26
10. "Hee Haw"   Michael P. Heeney, Tammi Kidd Hutton 2:33
11. "Love Has a Way"   Bogard, John Edwards, Jason Sever 3:37
12. "Smile on Mine"   Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip 2:43
13. "Open Up a Can"   Davidson, Gorley, Kelley Lovelace 3:17
14. "Old School Country Song"   Jim Collins, Rivers Rutherford 4:46
15. "Footlights"   Merle Haggard 4:13
16. "Crickets"   Brent Baxter, Lisa Shaffer, Bill Whyte 3:36


Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2013) Peak
US Billboard 200[8] 17
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[9] 3
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[10] 4


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country
2013 "Sunny and 75" 4 1 39 1 49
2014 "Yeah" 7 1 41 1 48
"Hard to Be Cool" 32 22 50


  1. ^ "Joe Nichols' New Album Arriving Oct. 8". Country Music Television. August 26, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (August 26, 2013). "Joe Nichols Reveals Cover Art, Release Date and Track Listing for New Album". The Boot. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ Stark, Phyllis (August 26, 2013). "Briefs: Joe Nichols sets Oct. 8 release date for new album". MSN. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Crickets - Joe Nichols | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Freeman, Jon (October 8, 2013). "Crickets by Joe Nichols". Country Weekly. American Media, Inc. ISSN 1074-3235. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Papadatos, Markos (October 3, 2013). "Review: Country star Joe Nichols charms on new album 'Crickets'". Digital Journal. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Cooke, Ashley (October 8, 2014). "Album Review: Joe Nichols - Crickets". Roughtstock. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Joe Nichols – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Joe Nichols.
  9. ^ "Joe Nichols – Chart history" Billboard Top Country Albums for Joe Nichols.
  10. ^ "Joe Nichols – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Joe Nichols.
  11. ^ "Joe Nichols Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2013.