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Joe Diffie is back with a new recording label and a new album but has returned to his old "tried and true" traditional country music roots..,. the stuff that made us all love him when his first album, "A Thousand Winding Roads" was released in 1990. 

I fell in love with Joe's voice, his style and the heart and soul that he poured into his ballads. Joe says that most of his fans still loved his first album the most and he wanted to return to the roots that made that one so popular for so many fans over so many years.

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During the '90s, Joe Diffie was a #1 star hailing charted songs. Among the first of those hits were "Home", "If You Want Me To" and many more from his first album, "A Thousand Winding Roads". This album helped to establish Joe as one of the great balladeers of the time. One of my all time favorite hits was one that appeared on Mary-Chapin Carpenter's album, "Come on, Come on" (1992) in which Mary invited Joe to do a duet with her on, "It's Not Too Much To Ask". He continued to have great success and charted 17 top ten hits, two platinum albums and two gold albums. 

"Tougher Than Nails" proves to be of that caliber that we came to expect from Joe so long ago.. before the studios started cryin' for bubble-gum country to cross over into the rock charts, which were suppose to bring more fans to the country genre. I could go into my long tirade about that, but that was then, this is now.... so movin' along...

After Joe's contract expired in 2001 he signed up with a new label independent label, Broken Bow Records. I've got to give a thumbs up to Broken Bow Records for knowing talent and being willing to allow Joe to create his kind of music and for the first time produce it his way... which adds up to "our way of lovin' Joe Diffie"! Aiding Joe in this endeavor was the revered Lonnie Wilson and Buddy Cannon who worked with Joe as co-producers. That's just the beginning of the array of talent that jumped on board with this project.

Joe wrote or cowrote 5 out of the 12 songs on "Tougher Thank Nails" with some of the top talents such as Harley Allen, Frank Meyers, Leslie Satcher, Bobby Tomberlin and Shawn Camp, who had one album released (that I know of), self titled in 1993. I'm very happy to say I have it and love it! Just a note to all of you fans out there... when you get a new album, don't just put it on and play it, get into the habit of reading the credits and you'll be amazed how you come to know these folks just through their work on so many different projects. Last but never least, the ol' possum,George Jones appears with Joe for a duet on "What Would Waylon Do?" Now tell me, how could things get any better???

Another aspect of "Tougher Than Nails" is that it combines Joe's great diversity in all aspects of his talent and song stylings. You'll want to sing along, dance a little, cry a little but most of all, simply enjoy it, whichever song is playing.

An important part of this album for me is a song that you won't get to hear on this page... thanks to Joe's PR personel with Webster & Associates, his manager and BBR label, "If I Could Only Bring You Back" is being featured on the front page of the "Child Alert Foundation"; a project that any of you who know me at all, know that I am highly involved in.. well, I am after all a cofounder and board member. I want to thank Joe Diffie and all of his people for making this possible. Believe me, it's a rare thing when a star allows you to showcase a full song for any reason.... but this is for one of the best reasons ever and when you hear the song, you'll know why.

"If I Could Only Bring You Back" will be the next song released to radio so I urge you all, hear the song on the "CAF" site, and start calling your radio stations to play it day in and day out!

Don't forget... the title of the album is "Tougher Than Nails" and it comes from one of the most tender hearts in country music, Joe Diffie.

Marlene Slater (Marli)
My Kind of Country
8-14-04

1.  Tougher Than Nails

2.  Nothin' But the Radio

3.  Good News, Bad News

4.  The More You Drink, The Better I Look

5.  Am I

6.  Movin' Train

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7.  If I Could Only Bring You Back (on front page of CAF)

8.  What Would Waylon Do

9.  Something I Do For Me

10. Daddy's Home

11. This Time Last Year

12. My Redneck of the Woods

p & 2004 Broken Bow Records All rights reserved.

Buy "Tougher Than Nails" and Other Joe Diffie CDs Here

Be sure to visit:
Joe Diffie's Official Website

For more information, media requests, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Jeremy Stroop / Webster PR
615.777.6995, ext. 23 / Jeremy@websterpr.com
OR
Summer Harmon / Broken Bow Records
615.244.8600 / summer@brokenbowrecords.com
"Media Marketing Specialists to the Entertainment Industry"
Webster & Associates Public Relations
Nashville: 615.777.6995 / Hollywood: 323.822.0168 / www.websterpr.com  

 

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