Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album

Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album

by Joe Diffie Joe Diffie




During his career as a country singer, Joe Diffie always walked on the traditional side of the street, or maybe the long lonesome highway. He was known as a hit songwriter before he started his career as a country music singer, but before that he played in rock bands and gospel groups. He also spent six years touring and recording with a bluegrass band called Special Edition. When Rounder asked him if he'd like to make a bluegrass album he jumped at the chance. With Grammy-winning producer and engineer Luke Wooten at his side, Diffie assembled an impressive cast of super pickers like Rhonda Vincent, Alecia Nugent, Rob Ickes, and the Grascals, who add their chops to a new tune penned by Diffie and pal Shawn Camp, "It's Raining on Her Rubber Dolly Now." The song is a take on divorce with the kind of over the top emotion that often gives country a bad name, but Diffie's understated vocals and Jeremy Abshire's weeping fiddle strike the perfect balance between pathos and despair. He revives the shoulda-been hit "Tennessee Tea," a tune he wrote in his days with Special Edition, and takes it at a faster than light tempo. His phrasing on this ode to illegal drink suggests George Jones at his wooziest. Diffie settles down into a relaxed grove for a cover of Flatt & Scruggs' "Somehow Tonight" and pulls out all the emotional stops for Camp's "Lonesome and Dry as a Bone," the tale of a man mourning for his deceased lover without the aid of alcohol. There's not a weak track here, and Diffie's wailing lead vocals and name recognition will hopefully fan the fires of the current revival of interest in traditional bluegrass.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2010
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661064928
catalogNumber: 610649
Rank: 120473


  1. Somehow Tonight
  2. Lonesome and Dry As a Bone
  3. Tall Cornstalk
  4. Fit For a King
  5. Route 5 Box 109
  6. Rainin' On Her Rubber Dolly
  7. I Know How It Feels
  8. Tennessee Tea
  9. Free and Easy
  10. Stormy Weather Once Again
  11. 'Til Death
  12. Hard To Handle

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Diffie   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Rhonda Vincent   Background Vocals
Mike Compton   Mandolin
Harley Allen   Background Vocals
Rob Ickes   Dobro
Carl Jackson   Background Vocals
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Charlie Cushman   Banjo
Mark Fain   Bass
Sonya Isaacs   Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Monica Stiles   Background Vocals
Alecia Nugent   Background Vocals
Bradley Walker   Vocals
Joe Parker Diffie   Background Vocals
James B. Stewart   Background Vocals
Michael L. Rogers   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Earl Scruggs   Composer
Joe Diffie   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Otis Redding   Composer
Larry Cordle   Composer
Harley Allen   Composer
Shawn Camp   Composer
Carl Jackson   Composer
Jim Rushing   Composer
Patrick Murphy   Engineer
Luke Wooten   Producer,Engineer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Billy Joe Foster   Composer
Kerry Kurt Phillips   Composer
Matt Lindsey   Composer
P.J. Fenech   Engineer
Galen Griffin   Composer
Jimmy Stewart   Composer
Stevan Pippin   Composer
Rusty Morrell   Composer
Lonnie Levin Tillis   Composer
Jon Wesiberger   Liner Notes
Allen Jones   Composer

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