My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Thank God For Believers

Joe Nichols

Joe Nichols

Sometimes world events or personal events pile up and the needle on my emotional dashboard veers into the red “overwhelm” zone.  Depending on the day and the circumstance, I might dial up my favorite “drown your sorrows” country songs in order to know I’m not alone in the “overwhelm” zone.

However, there are other days when I’ve wallowed enough and am ready to move forward.  I need a dose of optimism. I was having one of the latter this past week when I caught Joe Nichols’ latest, ‘Believers’, on the radio.

I like Joe’s voice. It always catches my attention for some reason – reminds me a bit of Randy Travis (he opens for Randy Travis this week at the Minnesota State Fair). He’s got that rich sound that can’t be anything but country. But in addition to Joe’s honest vocals, the lyrics kept my attention. The catchy chorus seemed to say what I needed to hear:

They got a little more faith than the world has doubt
The earth might shake, but they stand their ground
And God only knows where we’d be without

Corny? Maybe to some. But perhaps that’s the point. Believers often are the ones the world pokes fun at. They have faith and optimism when the cynics can’t see the forest for the trees.

The song has 3 verses – one about protestors advocating for change in the face of those solid courthouse walls (great image of how it feels to go up against the powers that be), one about a young couple that takes the leap of faith to get married, and the final verse about a mother praying for her son:

Eighty nine years old and a momma still prays
That her wayward son will find his way
There’s a telephone call that makes her cry
Its her son sayin’ momma I’ve seen the light
Aww, everybody told her she was wastin’ her time

Too much of a happy ending? Too formulaic? Maybe for some, but I’m a sucker for happy endings. I believe they happen – not all the time – but enough of the time to keep me believing.

In a world where people make a living on news talk shows out of negativity and what’s not possible, I’m thankful for the quiet (and not so quiet) believers that continue to move us forward “with a little more faith than the world has doubt.”

What songs give you hope during those days in the “overwhelm” zone?

Sirius XM video of his fan club party performance during CMA Fest. I like this acoustic version.

The Believers Challenge From Iraq video. Stories and clips from the soldiers on Joe’s tour in Iraq.

‘Belivers’ was written by Bill Luther.

2 responses to “Thank God For Believers

  1. highwayman3 September 2, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Speaking of Joe and hope, I just went to his website and listened to the title track from his upcoming album, ‘Old Things New’ and this song gives me hope that the future of traditional country music is in good hands, and is still surviving So during these overwhelming watered down pop days, this song gives me hope.

  2. LDenemark September 15, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I loved reading what you thought of “Believers” by Joe Nichols. I’m sure he’d like to read it too.

    And in response to highwayman3 the title track to the new album “Old Things New” is just incredible. I have listened to it many times since his new website launched on 9/1. Based on the songs that I have heard so far “Old Things New” could be Joe’s best album yet.

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