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Joe Diffie

Live at Billy Bob's Texas – 2009 (Smith)

Reviewed by Michael Sudhalter

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The album recorded at the world famous venue in the Fort Worth truly gives the listener the experience of a live Joe Diffie show. He usually starts off with the tongue-in-cheek, Third Rock From The Sun and performs a strong mix of older hits like the ballads, So Help Me Girl and to newer songs like the rollicking, Next Thing Smokin'

He may have been overshadowed during the 1990's by bigger-name acts like Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson, but this album - and other Diffie hits packages - prove that he was one of the most impressive artists of that decade. No live Diffie show would be complete without a performance of his most popular song, Pickup Man. It's fun to listen to and sing a long with - even almost 15-plus years after it was released.

Diffie was also one of the more traditional-sounding acts of the 90's country acts, so it's no surprise that he does an excellent cover of Charlie Rich's Behind Closed Doors, a song he performed on The Tribute To Tradition album. He also did a humorous impersonation of Willie Nelson during the intro of Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die) .

To his credit, Diffie makes the album a family affair - spanning three generations. He sings with son (and band member), Parker Diffie, on Willin and with his father, Joe Diffie Sr., on the Johnny Cash classic, Folsom Prison Blues. Both cuts are good, but they don't compare to the aforementioned songs recorded during Diffie's heyday.