The Essential Joe Diffie

The Essential Joe Diffie

by Joe Diffie


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The Essential Joe Diffie

In the '90s, Joe Diffie had little competition when it came to putting a contemporary spin on traditional honky-tonk, a fact abundantly evident on The Essential Joe Diffie, a hit-packed retrospective of his work in that decade. An expressive male baritone crooner in the style of Frizzell-Jones-Haggard and his contemporaries Randy Travis and Alan Jackson, Diffie exhibits an immaculate sense of the song in his interpretive choices, whether the tunes require a straightforward expression of longing, as on the gentle ballad "Home," or some lighthearted philosophizing, as on the lively western swing two-step "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)." A weeping pedal steel sets the mood on the devastating "Is It Cold in Here," as Diffie relates the scathing details of love coming apart, his voice climbing from a whisper to an anguished cry. Diffie and Mary Chapin Carpenter exchange vows of trust and commitment on the classic country (and Grammy-nominated) duet "Not Too Much to Ask," backed by a honky-tonk piano, a romantic Spanish guitar, and soaring pedal steel lines. On the rowdy side, drinkin' songs don't rock much harder or get more sensible than "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)," whereas "Honky Tonk Attitude" is a Brooks & Dunn–style dance-floor scorcher and "John Deere Green" blazes a southern rock trail for Diffie, who belts out a jubilant story of small-town love. Joe Diffie's got a lot more good music in him, but The Essential puts a big exclamation point on the important body of work he laid down during the '90s.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998906921
catalogNumber: 89069

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Diffie   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Matt Rollings   Piano,Keyboards
Tim Mensy   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar
Walt Cunningham   Piano,Keyboards
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Yvonne Hodges   Background Vocals
John Hughey   Steel Guitar
Bill Hullett   Acoustic Guitar
Carl Jackson   Background Vocals
John Jennings   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Larry Keith   Background Vocals
Robbie Magruder   Percussion,Drums
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Mike McAdam   Guitar (Tremolo)
Randy McCormick   Piano,Keyboards
Kenny Mims   Electric Guitar
Kim Morrison   Background Vocals
Steve Nathan   Piano,Keyboards
Ron Oates   Piano,Keyboards
Larry Paxton   Bass
Dave Pomeroy   Bass
Michael Severs   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Billy Joe Walker   Acoustic Guitar
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Glenn Worf   Bass
Lee Bogan   Background Vocals
Terry MacMillan   Percussion,Drums
Kenny Bell   Acoustic Guitar
Clay Keith   Background Vocals
Mike Chapman   Bass

Technical Credits

Joe Diffie   Composer,Producer
Larry Williams   Composer
Dennis Linde   Composer
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Composer,Producer
D. Gibson   Composer
John Jennings   Producer
Danny Morrison   Composer
Paul Nelson   Composer
Johnny Slate   Producer
Lee Bogan   Composer
Sterling Whipple   Composer
Kim Williams   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Fred Lehner   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Andy Spooner   Composer
Jeb Stuart Anderson   Composer
Rick Blaylock   Composer
Steve Dukes   Composer
Brian Mansfield   Liner Notes
John Greenebaum   Composer
Ken Williams   Composer
Kerry Kurt Phillips   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer
William Morrison   Composer
Howard Perdew   Composer
Ken Spooner   Composer

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