Diamond Rio releases ‘I Made It’ through Rio Hot Records, LLC

The band that plays together stays together. Known as one of the first country bands to play on every one of their studio projects, Diamond Rio made country music history when their first Arista Nashville single, “Meet In The Middle” landed them in the No. 1 spot. Now, 25 years later Diamond Rio is releasing I Made It, their tenth studio album. The title track was co-written by the band’s lead guitarist Jimmy Olander and features 11 new songs. Produced by Olander and Michael D Clute, I Made It is available Friday, September 18th at iTunes and through Rio Hot Records at diamondrio.com. I Made It is a follow-up to their 2014 first-ever live album release, Diamond Rio Live.

“As artists producing music as long as Diamond Rio has, fresh subject matter tends to get more and more difficult to come by,” says Jimmy Olander. “As a writer on the title track ‘I Made It,’ simply telling our story is freeing. This is a very specific story, the autobiographical melding of the migration stories my partners and I share about moving to Nashville. Collectively, we have achieved the amount of success that dreams are made of, but at the end of the day have learned having someone to share this amazing life with – ‘love’ and ‘be loved by’ is the real measure of success. It’s true, ‘I Made It.’”

“We were fortunate to not be rushed with this project,” shares Gene Johnson. “Over the past few years we’ve taken the time to work on several projects that were on our bucket list; a Christmas album and our first-ever Christian and live albums.” Dan Truman further explains, “Instead of cutting the album in a 2 week period, or 2 month period we’d cut a few songs every year. What that allowed us to do is be very selective about what we cut and to take the time to live with these songs, making the proper edits and decisions.” Marty Roe and Dana Williams both agree that, collectively, this may be the best group of songs the band has ever recorded.

“We’ve always had a sense of excitement when a new CD was being released. However, since this is our first ‘new music’ from Diamond Rio in many years, it almost feels like it did when our very first record came out 25 years ago. At least for me, there is some nervous tension anticipating what our new and long-time fans think about it.” Brian Prout concludes saying, “We are proud of this CD and we hope that our fans will enjoy listening to it as much as we did recording it.”


Track Listing:

1. I Love This Song (Writers: Jeffrey Steele, Marcel Chagnon)
2. Ride The Range (Writers: Bobby Terry, Catt Gravitt)
3. I Made It (Writers: Jimmy Olander, Josh Shilling, Michael Dulaney)
4. I Can’t Think Of Anything But You (Writers: Skip Ewing, David Fertitta, Allan Dennis Rich)
5. Crazy Life (Writers: Peter Kevin Fisher)
6. Beckett’s Back Forty Acres (Writers: Ashley Gorley, Matthew Rossi, Hugh Bryan Simpson)
7. Lay Your Lovin’ On Me (Writers: Ben Hayslip, Jimmy Yeary)
8. Findin’ My Way Back Home (Writers: Craig Wiseman, Chris Stapleton)
9. If You’re Willing (Writers: Jason Sellers, Stewart Harris)
10. I’ll Wait For You (Writers: Shane Minor, Shannon Brown, Joshua Stevens)
11. Walking By Beauty featuring Joshua Bell (Writers: Patrick Jason Matthews, Jason White)

To catch Diamond Rio live in concert, check out one of their 2015 tour dates:

Sept 25 Jackson County Apple Festival Jackson, OH
Sept 26 Lawrenceburg Fall Fest Lawrenceburg, IN
Oct 10 Abilene Cattle Baron’s Ball Abilene, TX
Oct 17 Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel Tama, IA
Nov 5 Gold Star Gala Killeen, TX
Nov 13 Boulder Station Casino Las Vegas, NV
Nov 14 Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Stateline, NV

Author: Buddy Iahn

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