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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Joe Diffie left Sony after 2001's In Another World, and three years later he released Tougher Than Nails, his first independent album. The switch from major to indie hasn't altered the essential sound of Diffie's music -- he's still a good-time neo-traditionalist, as comfortable with a twangy country-rocker as he is with a sweet ballad -- but there are some subtle changes. He co-writes five of the 12 songs, the most since 1999's A Night to Remember, and he co-produces the album, keeping the sound bright and accessible, but just a little more country than current contemporary country radio constructs. Apart from that, there's nothing new, but there doesn't need ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Joe Diffie left Sony after 2001's In Another World, and three years later he released Tougher Than Nails, his first independent album. The switch from major to indie hasn't altered the essential sound of Diffie's music -- he's still a good-time neo-traditionalist, as comfortable with a twangy country-rocker as he is with a sweet ballad -- but there are some subtle changes. He co-writes five of the 12 songs, the most since 1999's A Night to Remember, and he co-produces the album, keeping the sound bright and accessible, but just a little more country than current contemporary country radio constructs. Apart from that, there's nothing new, but there doesn't need to be, since Diffie is still a satisfying straight-ahead country singer, capable of delivering solid records on a regular basis. Tougher Than Nails is no exception to the rule, and while only a handful of songs truly stand apart from the pack -- the sentimental Jesus tale in the title track, the nostalgic "Nothin' But the Radio," the rolling and summery "Movin' Train," and, best of all, the rowdy barroom raver "The More You Drink, the Better I Look" -- there are no bad tunes, either. Of course, that makes it no different than most Diffie records, but that's hardly something to complain about, since this is a solid and enjoyable collection of neo-traditional country, as enjoyable as most records he's made.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • Label: Broken Bow
  • UPC: 697487750827
  • Catalog Number: 7508

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Diffie Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Prim Piano
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Paul Franklin Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar
Gary Lunn Bass, Bass Guitar
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Randy McCormick Piano
Steve Nathan Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Larry Paxton Bass, Bass Guitar
Scott Sanders Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
John Willis Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson Percussion, Drums
Glenn Worf Bass
Jonathan Yudkin Strings
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Tim Akers Piano
Audrey Haney Fiddle, Mandolin
Jason Roller Electric Guitar, Soloist
Technical Credits
Joe Diffie Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Chip Davis Composer
Harley Allen Composer
Mike Bradley Engineer
Shawn Camp Composer
Buddy Cannon Producer, Audio Production
Frank J. Myers Composer
Billy Sherrill Engineer
George Teren Composer
Craig White Engineer
Lonnie Wilson Producer, Audio Production
Billy Yates Composer
Benny Quinn Mastering
Leslie Satcher Composer
Bobby Tomberlin Composer
Wynn Varble Composer
Jimmy Yeary Composer
Robbie Wittkowski Composer
Craig Morgan Composer
Chris Wallin Composer
Jason Roller Contributor
Phil O'Donnell Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best release from Diffie in years

    Not a clunker on the whole album. "What Would Waylon Do" is a fun duet with the great George Jones...traditional country at its finest! Honkytonk flavor in "The More You Drink the Better I Look" and "My Redneck of the Woods," and some fancy pickin in "Movin' Train." If you like the classic Diffie hits "Prop Me Up..." and "Pick Up Man" you'll love these tunes, too. Like Diffie ballads, like "Home" and "Ships...?" Well that's here, too, especially in "Something I Do For Me." All in all, a terrific album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love this CD!

    This is a great cd. I really enjoy Joe Diffie's music - and was very excited to get this cd. I think it's a great cd with many good songs. I especially like the title track "Tougher than Nails" with not only a great sound - but true meaning behind it.

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