Co-written by famed Nashville songwriters Ashley Gorley, Dallas Davidson and Ross Copperman, “Home Run,” finds Nichols reflecting on what’s really important in life and setting his sights on reconnecting with what matters.
“‘Home Run’ is a song about someone who’s been going through a rough time – someone who’s been striking out, so-to-speak – and who needs a win,” Nichols explains to Country Now. “It’s a universal story and one that we’ve all been going through over the past year and a half. It’s about getting back to your roots and reconnecting with the things that are truly important in life – like being able to hug a loved one that you haven’t seen in a year.”
Sonically, the track features the traditional production that Nichols has become known for and fits well within his wheelhouse.
The song’s clever wordplay uses baseball terms to convey the track’s timely message. “Been striking out/ It’s time I hit a home run,” the country hitmaker sings. In fact, the baseball terminology, along with the deep sense of nostalgia, is something that immediately caught Nichols’ attention.
“I loved this song the first time I heard it. It has a hooky melody and the lyrics are really cool and poignant,” he says. “I also grew up a baseball fan so I understood and appreciated all the puns in the lyrics and the meaning behind them. But then 2020 happened and the story and timing of the song felt even more important. It’s really special to be releasing this song when the world is kind of opening its eyes again. The message is 100 times more powerful today.”
Nichols brings the song to life with a brand new lyric video, premiering exclusively on Country Now. The clip, which can be viewed above, showcases the song’s lyrics intermixed with scenes of families reuniting and baseball imagery. Nichols’ mom even makes a cameo in the lyric video, appearing on Facetime with the country singer around the 30-second mark.
The release of “Home Run” is significant for Nichols in many ways. The new track finds him reuniting with legendary label head Benny Brown for his new record deal at Quartz Hill Records as well as with acclaimed producers Mickey Jack Cones and Derek George, who produced his 2013 Crickets album that features the back-to-back No.1 hits “Sunny and 75” and “Yeah.”
Joe Nichols is currently in the studio recording his first full-length album for Quartz Hill Records and if the lead single is any indication of what’s the come, it’s safe to say he’ll be hitting a “Home Run” with his next project.