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Joe Diffie signs with Rounder

Sunday, September 28, 2008 – Country singer Joe Diffie signed to Rounder Records and will result in a return to bluegrass music. Prior to his moving to Nashville, Diffie spent several years touring and recording with the bluegrass band Special Edition. Rounder will release his album in the spring 2009.

Since he first topped the charts in 1990 with Home, Diffie has delivered hit after hit totaling 12 number 1s, 20 top 10s and 4 gold and platinum albums. Some of his most popular hits include Ships That Don't Come In, Pickup Man, John Deere Green and If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets). Diffie has been identified as singing novelty songs, which sometimes has worked against him.

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Homecoming CD review - Homecoming
With a album titled "Homecoming," one may conjure up thoughts of days long gone behind us and the hopes of rekindling some of those old emotions and feelings as we go back to reminisce. That is exactly what Joe Diffie has done with his label debut. Diffie has long been a staple in country music, charting 12 number 1 songs and writing several other hit songs for other country artists as well. He did, however, cut his teeth in bluegrass as a young man. Diffie returns to this genre here, »»»
Live at Billy Bob's Texas CD review - Live at Billy Bob's Texas
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 »»»
The Ultimate Collection CD review - The Ultimate Collection
Start a conversation about country music in the 1990's, and Joe Diffie's name may not be at the top of the list. But continue on for a minute or two, and the Oklahoman will definitely get mentioned. From 1990-99, Diffie was one of the most consistent artists in the Top 10. He achieved that success with traditionalist ballads like Is It Cold In Here and barnburner novelties, like Pickup Man and Honky Tonk Attitude Diffie closed out the 2000-decade by releasing a pair of albums in its »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: For McCoury, Grisman, music still matters – One condenser microphone, a music stand, a mandolin, rhythm guitar and more than 100 years of bluegrass experience: that's all David Grisman and Del McCoury need to put on a show. It's quite a show, too. The artists' backstories are well known: McCoury was a logger in Lancaster County, Pa., who came to New York City to see Bill... »»»
Concert Review: Ely wears well – Joe Ely is the prototypical rambler. It comes through in his music and in his life. There are lots of elements in the music about travels, riding the rails, small town scenery and getting away from it. In fact, after playing "I'm Gonna Strangle You Shorty" as the first song of his encore, Ely opined, "The only thing I got out of... »»»
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