Otsego JamFest: Joe Nichols starting a new book with his music career

Joe Nichols will be a featured performer at Otsego Jam Fest. (Photo by Ann-Marie Hensley Nichols)
Joe Nichols will be a featured performer at Otsego Jam Fest. (Photo by Ann-Marie Hensley Nichols)


by Jim Boyle, Editor

The fourth chapter of Jam Fest in Otsego includes national act Joe Nichols, who is opening an entirely new book in his musical career.

After a lapse in new material for the radio, the country and western singer is coming back strong under a new label and with a new record.

“The new music is going over awesome on the road, especially “Sunny And 75.” Nichols said of his new album in a press release. “The other new songs we play get an incredible reaction, too.”

The Rogers, Ark., native will headline country night at the Rockwoods JamFest on Saturday, Aug. 10. Josh Thompson and Greg Bates will open for him. The Tim Sigler Band and The Shane Martin Band will kick things off with shows at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Rockwoods will open the outdoor concert setting Friday, Aug. 9, with a night of classic rock.

Last year’s two-day event attracted thousands of people, and thousands more are expected for this year’s summer party.

Nichols has a following.

“People are still showing up in awesome numbers,” he said. “I’m impressed and incredibly grateful for country fans, because they are amazingly loyal.”

Nichols brings a nice catalog of his own hits – “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” “Brokenheartsville,” “The Impossible,” “Gimme That Girl” and the rest.

Under a new label, Red Bow, Nichols said he’s become more progressive with his music.

“They challenged me to change how I go about my music,” Nichols said in an a YouTube video. The singer said his voice still comes through, but there are some surprises with his new material.

“The biggest thing I feel is just that it’s a new day,” Nichols said. “I’m wiping the slate clean and starting something brand new.”

Rockwoods is trying a new formula for this year’s event, as well, with a heavy dose of some of the best tribute bands around Rockwoods JamFest night of classic rock on Aug. 9.

CCR Revisited, which features some of its original band members (see story on this page), will headline the Friday night show, while ZZ3, Satisfaction and the  Fabulous Armadillos will bring ZZ Top, the Rolling Stones and the Eagles to life on the Otsego stage.

Dave Peterson, the owner of Rockwoods, said the hope with this year’s Rockwoods JamFest is to make one big community party.

“We really want to see the locals come out and have a good time,” he told the Star News for an earlier edition.


4th Annual Rockwoods JamFest

Classic Rock Night
Friday, Aug. 9 … Gates Open 5 p.m.
ZZ3, a tribute to ZZ Top,  5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Satisfaction, a tribute to The Rolling Stones, 6:50 to 8:20 p.m.
Fabulous Armadillos, a tribute to the Eagles, 8:40 to 10:10 p.m.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited, 10:30 p.m. to midnight

*Times subject to change without notice.

Country Night
Saturday, Aug. 10 … Gates Open 4 p.m.
Tim Sigler Band, 430 to 5:40 p.m.
Shane Martin Band, 6 to 7:10 p.m.
Greg Bates, 7:30 to 8:40 p.m.
Josh Thompson, 9 to 10:10 p.m.
Joe Nichols, 10:30 p.m. to midnight