Toby Keith Hits #1 – Sugarland is Hired -Joe Nichols is Fired — A Day in the Country – July 23[Video]
On this date in 2003 Sugarland — Jennifer Nettles, Kristian Bush and Kristen Hall — performs a showcase at Nashville’s 12th & Porter (pictured) club and gets a record deal with deal with Mercury Records. Their first hit is Baby Girl. Three years later Kristen leaves the trio. You can read about it and the ensuing lawsuit here.
I owned a radio station consulting firm for a number of years. One of our client stations was Beaver 105 located near Fayetteville, AR. Our overnight deejay was Joe Nichols, affectionately referred to as “Little” Joey Nichols. Pictured above with Joe Nichols and me is Scott Woodson. Scott worked at Beaver 105 at the ame time as Joe. This photo was taken at Joe’s appearance at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, where Scott and I worked at KVOO. Joe was fired from Beaver 105 and tells the story to the guys at Kiss Country in Shreveport. It is about two minutes in.