Diamond Rio Releases New Studio Album Tomorrow Sept 18

I MADE IT Available at iTunes September 18
Offering Free Download of Title Track for Limited Time

I MADE IT CD available exclusively through Rio Hot Records, LLC.

Diamond Rio (l to r): Dana Williams, Jimmy Olander, Marty Roe, Dan Truman, Gene Johnson, Brian Prout Photo credit: Russ Harrington
Diamond Rio – (l to r): Dana Williams, Jimmy Olander, Marty Roe, Dan Truman, Gene Johnson, Brian Prout, Photo credit: Russ Harrington

Nashville, TENN. (September 17, 2015) – 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 will be available tomorrow Friday, September 18 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. In celebration of the release for a limited time, fans can receive a FREE MP3 of the title track, “I Made It” by visiting www.diamondrio.com.

“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.”

Diamond Rio 'I Made It'
Diamond Rio ‘I Made It’

I Made It Track Listing
“I Love This Song”
Writers: Jeffrey Steele, Marcel Chagnon

“Ride The Range”
Writers: Bobby Terry, Catt Gravitt

“I Made It”
Writers: Jimmy Olander, Josh Shilling, Michael Dulaney

“I Can’t Think Of Anything But You”
Writers: Skip Ewing, David Fertitta, Allan Dennis Rich

“Crazy Life”
Writers: Peter Kevin Fisher

“Beckett’s Back Forty Acres”
Writers: Ashley Gorley, Matthew Rossi, Hugh Bryan Simpson

“Lay Your Lovin’ On Me”
Writers: Ben Hayslip, Jimmy Yeary

“Findin’ My Way Back Home”
Writers: Craig Wiseman, Chris Stapleton

“If You’re Willing”
Writers: Jason Sellers, Stewart Harris

“I’ll Wait For You”
Writers: Shane Minor, Shannon Brown, Joshua Stevens

Bonus Track: “Walking By Beauty” featuring Joshua Bell
Writers: Patrick Jason Matthews, Jason White
Track Benefiting: do Terra Healing Hands Foundation

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

Formed in 1989 in Nashville, TN the band consists of Gene Johnson (mandolin, tenor vocals), Jimmy Olander (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo), Brian Prout (drums), Marty Roe (lead vocal), Dan Truman (keyboards), and Dana Williams (bass guitar, baritone vocals).

Diamond Rio signed to Arista Records and in 1991 with the release of “Meet In The Middle” became the first country music group in history to reach No. 1 with a debut single. The band is also known for their hits “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess,” “Unbelievable,” “In A Week or Two,” and more. They released their first-ever autobiography, Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio on Thomas Nelson in 2009.

The band known for playing every note on every album recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary, has sold more than 10 million albums, won a Grammy Award, a Dove Award, six Vocal Group of the Year wins (CMA and ACM), released two Greatest Hit albums, a live and Christmas project, earned five multi-week no. 1 singles, 22 Top 10 singles, three certified Platinum and five gold albums, released an autobiography – and with zero band member changes. Known for their charity commitments including long-time spokespersons for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the band has raised over $1,000,000.00 for non-profits and received the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award.

To find out more about Diamond Rio go to DiamondRio.com.

SOURCE: Diamond Rio