The Lincoln County Fair welcomes Diamond Rio to the main stage on July 15 at 7:30.
Since 1991, the country music band have recorded 10 albums and have sold 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 number one singles, 22 top 10 singles, three certified platinum and five gold album number ones after a 25 year career.
Starting in 1989 as the Tennessee River Boys, the band changed its named to Diamond Rio when they signed to Arista Records. It was then that the band released their debut single “Meet in the Middle” where they became the first country music group in the history of the genre to reach number one with a debut single.
Throughout the years, the Diamond Rio has several hits including, “How Your Love makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mes,” “Unbelievable,” “In a Week or Two,” and “Norma Jean Riley.”
In 2009, the group released their autobiography titled “Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio” in 2009.
Diamond Rio has also been involved with several charity commitments. Over the years, the band has raised over $1,000,000 for non profit organizations and have received the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award.
The band has also been long-time spokespersons for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, a 501 non-profit organization whose goal is to help all children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors. The band has also supported the organization through various golf tournaments and Team Rio, a marathon and a half a marathon.
The band recently released their newest Album “I Made It,” which has 11 brand new songs.
Lead vocals Marty Roe says that while it is good to reflect on the achievements of the past, he and the rest of the band strive to keep moving forward in their music career.
“You want to feel with each album project when you sit back and listen to it that you can say, ‘I like where we have come from, but I love where we are going.’ We keep it fresh by trying new things and going new places,” he said. “As long as we’re doing that, I’ll stay with it.”
Roe is joined with Gene Johnson (mandolin, tenor vocals) Jimmy Olander (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo,) Brian Prout (drums.)