Revelation (Music - Joe Nichols) Can Joe Nichols, whose 2002 debut garnered three Grammy noms, really be the next master traditionalist, fit to rub elbows with Haggard and Jackson? Certainly… Revelation (Music - Joe Nichols) Can Joe Nichols, whose 2002 debut garnered three Grammy noms, really be the next master traditionalist, fit to rub elbows with Haggard and Jackson? Certainly… 2004-06-29 Joe Nichols
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Revelation (2004)

Joe Nichols | 'REVEL'-ING IN IT Grammy nominated Nichols
'REVEL'-ING IN IT Grammy nominated Nichols
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jun 29, 2004; Lead Performance: Joe Nichols

Can Joe Nichols, whose 2002 debut garnered three Grammy noms, really be the next master traditionalist, fit to rub elbows with Haggard and Jackson? Certainly he's not playing it safe in Revelation, covering the audacious title track, a 1972 Waylon Jennings song that fuses politics, sex, and the Second Coming. But if Nichols' bruised baritone can't convey the numbness of Iris DeMent's ''No Time to Cry,'' he's nothing short of eloquent in hoisting a beer to ''Farewell Party,'' a tune made famous by Gene Watson. Pull up another bar stool, fellas. This new kid's here to stay.

Originally posted Jul 23, 2004 Published in issue #775 Jul 23, 2004 Order article reprints