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Diamond Rio Finds Fans Among Peers

Rascal Flatts and Blake Shelton are among the band’s many followers.

photo courtesy Modern Management

When you’ve had more than 30 hit songs, it’s hard to remember them all. And Diamond Rio admits they forget they cut some songs, but others, not only do their fans remind them, but their industry peers do, too.

The band’s Dana Williams tells Country Weekly, “The last time we saw Rascal Flatts, they came up to me and said, ‘Hey, do you do “Misses Him On Sunday” live?’ And I said, ‘We did at one time!’ And they said, ‘You don’t do that anymore? Shame on you!’ And the four of us proceeded to sing it right there. We hear that all the time.”

Lead singer Marty Roe also admits that he’s been busted by Blake Shelton. “He always hits me up to sing ‘Mama, Don’t Forget to Pray for Me.’ We do a small portion of it in the show, but he’s like, ‘That’s the best country song of all time.’ He’s a big boy and he’ll kick my butt if I don’t do it.”

The guys laugh and Marty adds, “We’ve been blessed with so many great tunes and it’s hard to fit them all into one show. We do our best and this live project is probably our best attempt to do the lion’s share of the hits that we’ve had along with a lot of stuff we do in our live show that’s never been recorded.”

To catch up with the band and read about their forthcoming live album, Diamond Rio: Live, pick up the June 23 issue of Country Weekly, on stands now.

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