Wednesday, April 11, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Diamond Rio

Artist:Diamond Rio
Song:Meet In The Middle
Album:16 Biggest Hits

Diamond Rio started out in bluegrass in the 80s and had mainstream country music success in the 90s. Meet In The Middle was their first number one country hit in 1991. Lead singer Marty Roe was a member of Windsong which toured nationally in the early 80s. In 1984, he met keyboard player Dan Truman at Nashville's Opryland USA theme park and they decided to form a bluegrass band. At first they were called the Grizzly River Boys and then the Tennessee River Boys. Lead guitarist Jimmy Olander and mandolin player Gene Johnson joined and then bassist Dana Williams and drummer Brian Prout. They decided to change the group name to something more mainstream. The name Diamond Rio came from truck manufacturers Diamond T and REO. They signed with Arista in 1989 but things were put on hold when Olander, Williams and Johnson all had health issues. Meet In The Middle was their first single in 1991 and it topped the Country Singles chart. The song was written by Nashville songwriters Jim Foster, Chapin Hartford and Don Pfrimmer. All three have written plenty of hits. Diamond Rio was the first country group in history whose debut single reached number one. Their debut album was certified Platinum. Diamond Rio had great success in the 90s with a total four number one country hits. You can get all those hits on this budget comp. When the 2003 album Can't You Tell was cancelled when the first two singles didn't chart, Diamond Rio left Arista after the 2006 release of Greatest Hits Vol. 2. They signed with Word Records and have gone in a country gospel direction. They last recorded in 2009. Diamond Rio were notable for taking bluegrass harmonies to mainstream country music. Here's the video for Meet In The Middle by Diamond Rio.

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