In my experience, 90% of the concerts I have been to sound nothing like the recording. It's rare to find a performance better live; this is one of them.

I have been to many a concert in my day...many.  Although most acts write their own songs and the same musicians you see on the road are the same on the album.  Not so for most country music including every superstar you can think of.  Country music is traditionally written by someone else and the musicians who record the studio album in most cases, if not always, are not the same band you see on tour.

No idea why that is...

Back to the business at hand.  Joe Nichols is one of those acts who I think sounds as good, if not better, live. Check out this 'Sunny & 75' video from last year recorded at the Blackbird studios and you'll see what I mean.