Loved this Beautiful Mess
Born and raised on country music, Beautiful Mess is food for my soul. This is a fascinating story of each of the six members of Diamond Rio and blending these stories could not have been an easy task for writer Tom Roland. Nonetheless, he does a fine job of researching, compiling and weaving the story of six men who started as the Tennessee River Boys, twenty years ago.
The longevity of the band comes from old fashioned hard work, unwavering faith and commitment to each other. At one point, Arista Records asks lead singer Marty Roe to go solo and he sums up Diamond Rio's story with his response.
"I really think there's more uniqueness in the whole band and in the artistry of this band than I would bring myself."
Marty didn't quit on them and they stayed right by him through the darkest time in Rio's history. But then to me, that is what makes success. The ability to see and be a part of something bigger than yourself, even when it's just one big Beautiful Mess.
Hey, I grew up on country music too! The one radio station we had, that’s what they played! And I’m still a fan today, although I will say my music tastes have broadened, too…
Was not familiar with this info about Diamond Rio, and it’s good to hear the some of the life behind the band – not just what we see “on stage”. Thanks for sharing this, Audra!
I like the “all for one, one for all” mentality, and believe (and have been told) that we’re in an energetic period of that now. A time of partnerships, which for me – a typical loner – feels very good.
While I can’t say I’ve ever been a country fan outside of Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers or Willie Nelson (all thanks to my mom!), I appreciate great talent and stories of heart. That’s just what this feels like to me.
Have a great week!
Sometimes I feel like I’m in this whirlwind of a beautiful mess. I’m not sure what is up or done, but there is always something beautiful happening. That’s what I try to focus on when I feel like I’m spinning out of control.
Hi Megan, Well you are definitely an old school, hard core country fan. I recommend you try some of the new country, it sounds like the classic southern rock of the 80’s.
I often view life as a beautiful mess too, and it does help maintain a little feeling of control! Thanks for stopping by!