Nichols ready for Elvis Festival

Joe Nichols, photo by Ann-Marie Hensley

Joe Nichols, photo by Ann-Marie Hensley

TUPELO – Life is, for Joe Nichols, like his hit song, “Sunny and 75.”

His latest album, “Crickets,” is a hit with fans and critics alike, and he’s been on the road both solo and with country superstars Lady Antebellum. To top it all off, he and his wife just welcomed a newborn, and he’s coming to Tupelo on Saturday to perform at the Tupelo Elvis Festival.

“I grew up an Elvis fan,” he said in a phone interview with the Daily Journal. “I was just telling somebody, my favorite Elvis music was his gospel music.”

Nichols will headline the Saturday night Fairpark concert, and country singer Dustin Lynch will open. Nichols doesn’t have any Elvis tunes picked out for his set list, but instead has included both new hit singles as well as fan favorites.

“We’ll probably have 5 or 6 things from the record, and the rest of the songs the people are familiar with. We’ll do the hits, we’ll do the new songs, and we’ll throw them a curve ball,” he said.

Nichols plans to release at least one more single from “Crickets,” and continue touring throughout much of the year. He’s had a blast riding his wave of success.

“It’s been terrific, and a very whirlwind 16 or 18 months,” he said.

He hopes his fans enjoy what he offers at the Tupelo Elvis Festival and that he finds a few new fans there, too.

“I think we have a pretty diverse show. If you’re a traditional fan, you’ll like it, and if you’re a today’s country fan, you’ll enjoy the show as well,” he said. “It’s high energy, and we’re not too serious about it. It’ll be fun.”

The concert in Fairpark kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with an Elvis tribute artist, Dustin Lynch and Joe Nichols and it’s $20. Visit the Tupelo Elvis Fest website for more festival events and details.