Joe Nichols Revelation: Daughter Named After Song Playing When She Was Conceived

Joe Nichols headlined Sunday, the final night of WYCD’s Downtown Hoedown, and during a backstage interview he revealed a tidbit his daughter probably hopes he forgets by the time she’s a teenager.

A new dad to baby girl Dylan River, Nichols was asked about the origin of his  13-month-old daughter’s name.

“It’s a long story, but when she was conceived, there was a song playing, it’s one of my first, a song off my first record, called ‘That Would Be Her’ and the first line of the song is ‘Have You Ever Seen a River,’  so we named her Dylan River,” he explained.

His hits include “Gimme That Girl,” “Brokenheartsville,” and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes fall Off.” His latest song “Sunny and 75” debuted earlier this month. USA Today put it on their summer playlist, writing, “Nichols’ new one spreads on summery nostalgia so thick it smells of suntan oil, but it also hints of darker memories.”

“The song’s doing really well for us, it feels like a really great time for a song like that, the song feels like a really fun, up-tempo summer song that seems really obvious, especially when it’s 105 in Texas where I live,” he said.

What’s his dream Father’s Day gift? “Absolute silence,” he said, laughing.

Nichols isn’t a stranger to hard work. Before he signed his first record deal at 19  years old, he spent time selling steaks door to door and installing cable TV. But what was the last chore he did around the house that he wishes he had just paid someone else to do?

“I don’t remember the last time I did a chore I didn’t expect to do … Of course I do chores, you know what, cleaning gutters, I had to clean the gutters the other day,” he said. “My wife is obsessed with cleaning the gutters in springtime and I know that there is probably a million people out there who would love $50 or $100 for a 30 minutes of work, but it takes me all day because I know nothing about cleaning gutters.”

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