Diamond Rio Overview

Diamond Rio is an American United States country music band formed in 1984 in Nashville, Tennessee. Since its foundation, the group has comprised the same six members: Gene Johnson (mandolin, guitar, fiddle, tenor vocals), Jimmy Olander (lead guitar, Dobro, Danelectro, banjo), Brian Prout (drums drum kit ), Marty Roe (lead vocals), Dan Truman (keyboards keyboard instrument , organ organ (instrument) , synthesizer), and Dana Williams (bass guitar, baritone vocals).

Diamond Rio was signed to Arista Records in 1988. Due to a series of health issues affecting three of its members, however, the band did not make its debut until 1991, with the release of the single "Meet in the Middle". It reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts, making Diamond Rio the first country music group in history to reach Number One with a debut single. "Meet in the Middle" was followed by thirty-two more chart singles throughout the band's career, including four more Number Ones: "How Your Love Makes Me Feel" (1997), "One More Day One More Day (Diamond Rio song) " (2001), "Beautiful Mess" (2002), and "I Believe I Believe (Diamond Rio song) " (2003).

Diamond Rio has recorded seven studio albums, two Greatest Hits compilations, and an album of Christmas music. Three of the band's albums have achieved RIAA platinum certification in the United States. In addition, Diamond Rio has received four Group of the Year awards from the Country Music Association, two Top Vocal Group awards from the Academy of Country Music, and thirteen Grammy Award nominations.


 
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Most of the members of Diamond Rio had previous experience in music. Marty Roe, who was named for country music artist Marty Robbins, began singing country music at the age of three, Gene Johnson had previously played with David Bromberg, Jimmy Olander was a former backing member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Dana Williams was a nephew of the Osborne Brothers. and Roe met for the first time at Opryland USA, a theme park in Nashville, Tennessee. The two soon formed a bluegrass group, which was first named the Grizzly River Boys, and later changed to the Tennessee River Boys. Olander and Johnson, who previously worked with Keith Whitley, joined a year later, followed by Prout and Williams. The band's name was finally changed to Diamond Rio, because others had thought that the previous name made the group sound like a gospel music band. The name Diamond Rio came from the names of two truck manufacturers List of American truck manufacturers , Diamond T and REO REO Motor Car Company (the latter of which became misspelled in the band's name).

After assuming their new name of Diamond Rio, the band was discovered by Tim DuBois (a record executive at Arista Records) in May 1989. DuBois, who had just opened the label's Nashville division, signed Diamond Rio to a record deal that same month. Shortly after the band received its record deal, however, three members came down with health problems: Olander had discovered that he had a tumor, Williams was seriously injured while boating, and Johnson was injured in a carpentry accident.
First two albums

In 1991, after Olander, Williams, and Johnson had recovered, the six musicians set to work on their first album. Its first single, "Meet in the Middle", was released early that year; peaking at Number One on the Billboard Billboard (magazine) Hot Country Singles & Tracks Hot Country Songs chart, the song made Diamond Rio the first country music band in history to reach Number One with its debut single. Diamond Rio was later certified platinum by the RIAA for selling more than one million copies in the United States. Also in 1992, lead singer Marty Roe recorded a duet with Pam Tillis entitled "Love Is Only Human" on her album Homeward Looking Angel.

In 1993, Diamond Rio also contributed to Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, a tribute album to the Eagles, on which various country music acts performed covers of the Eagles' songs. They performed a cover of "Lyin' Eyes" on this compilation. In addition to peaking at #48 on the Billboard country charts, Jed Zeppelin's rendition of "Workin' Man's Blues" was made into a music video, which aired on the television networks CMT Country Music Television and TNN (now Spike TV).

In 1997, Diamond Rio contributed a recording of the gospel standard "Walkin' in Jerusalem" to a compilation entitled Peace in the Valley: A Country Music Journey Through Gospel Music. In 1999, TNN also filmed a television special about the band, entitled The Life and Times of Diamond Rio. "One More Day" also gained heavy rotation after 9/11 as a tribute song to the victims of the attacks. (Prout had previously been married to Nancy Given Prout, drummer for Wild Rose Wild Rose (band) , an all-female country band from the late 1980s-early 1990s.) Their first album for Word was a Christmas album entitled A Diamond Rio Christmas: The Star Still Shines.

The group released their very first contemporary Christian album, The Reason, on September 22, 2009. The first single released from the album is "God Is There".

More recently, the band performed a corporate event for pharmaceutical company Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida on February 3, 2010.Diamond Rio received the Academy of Country Music's award for Top Vocal Group in 1991 and 1992. In 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1997, they also received the Country Music Association's award for Vocal Group of the Year (an award for which they received fifteen total nominations, more than any other country music group). In addition, Diamond Rio has received thirteen Grammy Award nominations.In the modern age of the country music record business, Nashville Nashville, Tennessee record producers have exclusively hired session musicians to record tracks for an album for solo artists. And contrary to po***r belief, the same frequently applies even to self-contained bands, as opposed to rock and roll bands who record their own instrumental and vocal tracks on their albums. Diamond Rio has been one of few self-contained country bands to have followed the "rock band" route, each member playing their own instruments and singing their own vocals on all their albums themselves without any additional input from outside musicians; starting with the One More Day album, however, some of their songs have occasionally featured accompaniment from a string section, but the band members still perform their own parts nonetheless.

Their early music blended neotraditionalist country with occasional traces of country rock, primarily in the song's rhythm sections. The band's later material has tended towards pop-oriented ballads, such as "I Believe" and "One More Day" — songs which received critical acclaim for their often religious-themed messages, but were considered departures from the more traditional material of their first four albums. He refers to this instrument as the Taxicaster because of its yellow body and black-and-white checkered pickguard, which give it the coloration of a taxicab.Several of the members of Diamond Rio had experience in other bands before Diamond Rio's foundation. Lead vocalist Marty Roe was previously a member of a band called Windsong, which toured nationally in the early 1980s. Dana Williams, the band's bass guitarist, is a nephew of the Osborne Brothers, a bluegrass group which is a member of the Grand Ole Opry; Williams also played in a bluegrass band, and served as a backing musician for Cal Smith, Vassar Clements and Jimmy C. Newman. Dan Truman is a classically-trained pianist who had previously toured with Brigham Young University's Young Ambassadors musical troupe. Gene Johnson, the oldest member of the group, plays mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, had previously worked with David Bromberg, Keith Whitley and J. D. Crowe before joining Diamond Rio in 1985. Drummer Brian Prout was previously a member of the Hot Walker Band, before joining Heartbreak Mountain, a band whose lineup also included Marty Raybon (who would later become the lead singer of the band Shenandoah Shenandoah (band) ). Jimmy Olander had previously been a member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.*Gene Johnson - (born August 10, 1949; mandolin, guitar, fiddle, tenor vocals)
*Jimmy Olander - (born August 26, 1961; lead guitar, Dobro, Danelectro, banjo)
*Brian Prout - (born December 4, 1955; drums drum kit )
*Marty Roe - (born December 28, 1960; lead vocals, rhythm guitar)
*Dan Truman - (born August 29, 1956; keyboards keyboard instrument , piano, organ organ (instrument) , synthesizer)
*Dana Williams - (born May 22, 1961; bass guitar, baritone vocals)
 

 

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