By Pepper

With almond champagne flowing, Joe Nichols turned Wilson Creek Winery into a classic country honkytonk Sunday night (September 25th) with his signature traditional sound.

As the sun sank in the Temecula sky, opening bands Las Vegas-based Elvis Monroe (which features David Pichette of Emerson Drive) and JD Priest (who opened for Gloriana at Wilson Creek Winery a few years ago), got the evening started, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics was a poignant “half-time” moment, which included the culmination of the relay with an Olympic-style torch, and Special Olympics participants who took part in the run being honored. In addition, a silent and live auction raised additional funds for the non-profit.

Dancing in the aisles has always been one of the most fun parts of seeing any concert at Wilson Creek Winery, but Joe Nichols seemed to inspire even more dancing than usual. Following his surprise appearance opening for Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood at the Honda Center in Anaheim last weekend, Joe included such fun numbers such as “Hard to Be Cool,” “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” and “What’s a Guy Gotta Do,” which he says was written about trying to find a date while growing up in a small town.

Balancing out such light-hearted songs were more serious ones, like “The Impossible,” and “She Only Smokes When She Drinks,” and the sexy “Undone,” the first single from his next album. Also from that forthcoming album was “Something Like You.”


The biggest surprise of the night was Joe’s excellent classic country cover of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” which provided an unpredictably wonderful lead-in to two Merle Haggard covers, “Big City” and “Misery and Gin.”

Concluding the show was Joe’s most recent Top 5 hit, “Sunny and 75,” which despite the scorching weekend, summed up the happy disposition of the audience as they exited the venue.

joe nichols setlist e1474877790747 Joe Nichols Plays Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula [Setlist]

(Photo by: Pepper)


  1. Freaks Like Me
  2. Hard to Be Cool
  3. What’s a Guy Gotta Do
  4. Something Like You
  5. Take It Off
  6. She Only Smokes When She Drinks
  7. Size Matters
  8. The Impossible
  9. Baby Got Back (Sir Mix-a-Lot cover)
  10. Big City (Merle Haggard cover)
  11. Misery and Gin (Merle Haggard cover)
  12. Undone
  13. The Shape I’m In
  14. Brokenheartsville
  15. Yeah
  16. Gimme That Girl
  17. Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off
  18. Sunny and 75



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