Wednesday, 30 June, 2010 1:34 PM
star Joe Diffie to perform at the Bay City Fireworks festival
Diffie will perform at the Bay City Fireworks Fest on Thursday,
July 1 at 8:30 p.m.
CITY, Mich. -- Joe
Diffie is known for the hit songs "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox
(If I Die)," "John Deere Greene" and "Pickup
Man." He has released 35 singles and nine studio albums during
his career. Diffie has just finished working on a new studio record,
Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album, with a scheduled release
date of Aug. 24. The country music star is currently signed to Rounder
Records. Look for him to perform on Thursday, July 1 at Wenona Park
during the Bay City Fireworks Festival. Admission is $5 and tickets
are only available at the gate.
this be your first time performing in the mid-Michigan area?
I've performed just about everywhere you can perform in Michigan,"
Diffie said in a e-mail interview. "Love it! It's been awhile
since I've been in your area, though."
give me some highlights of your new studio album, Homecoming:
The Bluegrass Album?
to do without you hearing it and knowing what I'm talking about,"
he responded. "I guess the highlights for me were having such
great musicians play on the record and having such stellar bluegrass
vocalists, such as Rhonda Vincent, Bradley Walker, Alicia Nugent,
Sonya Isaac, Carl Jackson, etc. sing harmony with me. It was also
way cool to have a guest appearance by the Grascals play and sing
on a song I wrote. Everyone did such a great job!"
story behind your latest single? If there isn't one, the story behind
your next single.
we're hoping to pull something off the Homecoming project,"
the country singer answered. "A song called 'Rt. 5, Box 109.'
Just a wonderful song that I think would really fit on country radio.
Just dripping with a nostalgia that I think everyone can relate
to in some way."
many hit songs over the years, but which is your favorite to perform?
like to sing 'Ships That Don't Come In,'" Diffie said. "It's
such a powerful, poignant song and it gets such a good response
everytime I do it. It's also fun to sing 'John Deere Green!'"
fans expect to see at your performance at the Bay City Fireworks?
like to have fun and play my music like you remember hearing on
the radio and CD, (and cassette tape!)" he responded. "We
do most of the hits I've had and we also do a couple of songs you
haven't heard before. We have a couple of surprises, too!"
it like performing with Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Lawrence on the
Rockin' Roadhouse Tour?
really enjoyed getting to know both of them," the country singer
answered. "Great guys! It was interesting from my perspective
to be around other artists for an extended period of time to see
how they dealt with things, like not enough sleep, tired voices,
employees, business, etc. Good experience."
to return to the metro Detroit area?
love playing in Michigan and have lots of fans and fond memories
from playing there," Diffie said. "We'll be there as soon
as someone decides to hire us! (hint, hint)."
you think of some of the talent coming out of American Idol
and Nashville Star?
think there are some very talented singers," he responded.
"My only issue would be that they are so inexperienced and
their fan base is artificially created. They haven't paid their
dues in most cases. Obviously, it doesn't preclude them from integrating
into the music scene. Seems like only a few are 'sticking' though,
due to the audience being created by hype."
your advice to people looking to break into the industry?
few years ago it might have been different than it is now,"
the country singer answered. "I guess surrounding yourself
with good people is still important. Practice your craft as much
as you can and have your ducks in a row. You don't get many chances
at making a good first impression."
more information on the Bay City Fireworks Festival, visit www.baycityfireworksfest.com.
more information on Joe Diffie, visit www.joediffie.com.
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
country music group The Steel Wheels Band will open for Joe Diffie
at 6:45 p.m.