COUNTRY STARS MOURN THE LOSS OF JOE DIFFIE
Photo Credit: Crystal K. Martel
Nashville, Tenn. (March 29, 2020) — The country music community is mourning the loss of Grand Ole Opry member Joe Diffie. The '90s country hitmaker passed away today, March 29, from complications of COVID-19.
"I was saddened to hear that my friend and fellow Grand Ole Opry member Joe Diffie passed away today. Joe was a great singer, songwriter, and entertainer that left his mark in Country Music. His clear voice and unique singing style made him immediately recognizable. We will all certainly miss him."
"Joe Diffie. A great friend. A great man. A great singer. A GREAT loss."
-Larry Gatlin, The Gatlin Brothers
"One of the best artists '90s Country ever served up. I worked fairs all over the country with Joe. It's sort of like losing a classmate. Recently he sang a song with me, Lorrie Morgan and Darryl Worley, 'Summer Wine.' It was a perfect performance. He never hit a bad note and was just a regular guy. We all loved him. RIP, Joe Diffie."
"I'm so sorry to hear about Joe Diffie's passing. We always met with a smile and we'll see each other again with a smile."
-Doug Gray, The Marshall Tucker Band
"So tragic to hear that another great legend's voice has gone silent. He was and will remain one of country music's great vocalists. It's truly a sad day for our industry. Joe please tell our friends Kenny Rogers and Jan Howard we love them and to send down a prayer for all of us during this difficult time on earth. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Tara and their family."
"I am deeply saddened at the news of Joe Diffie's death. He and I were labelmates on Sony Epic Records for many years. We worked together a lot over the years. I can honestly say that Joe was one of the truly good guys in our business. A real gentleman, and obviously, one of the greatest Country Music singers who ever lived. His records, 'Home' and 'Ships That Don't Come In' are among my favorite records of all time. I am honored, and humbled, to have known him. May God Bless and comfort Joe's family and welcome him into Eternity. We'll miss you, Brother."
"I am in total shock and disbelief at the passing of my friend, tourmate and Country legend, Joe Diffie. My heart is broken and I'm praying for his family and for our country as we deal with this horrible pandemic. You will be missed, Joe. Rest in Peace."
"I keep saying almost every night on stage Joe Diffie is the best Country voice in Country Music today. Gonna miss Joe. God bless him. Love you brother."
"I knew this was bound to hit close to home. Today it did. I just heard the news of Joe Diffie's passing. I am sick in my spirit because I can't bear the thought of not hearing that voice for a while. He was a dear friend and he understood me and my convictions. Most of all, he accepted me for who I am and I felt the same about him. There's no filling his shoes and he will be missed by many. I loved him like a brother, and I'm thankful that I know where he is. My brother, I look forward to seeing your sweet face again. Please pray for the family and loved ones devastated by this terrible loss."
"Joe Diffie, he was a singer's singer. I have been a fan since his first single, 'Home,' hit radio. Condolences to the family. He will be missed in our hearts as well."
-Marty Raybon, Shenandoah
"So sad to hear the news of Joe Diffie's passing today. He and I were both born on the same day, December 28, 1958. We would always talk about that when we were around each other. Rest in peace, my brother. You will be missed."
-Mike McGuire, Shenandoah
"I'm so sad to hear of the passing of a brother in music, Joe Diffie. What a voice! We have worked around each other for decades. Really one of the good guys. I'm so shocked. Thoughts for his family, his team and friends from myself and the entire Restless Heart
-Larry Stewart, Restless Heart
"First we lose the legendary Jan Howard, and now we've lost Joe Diffie. It's a heartbreaking time for Nashville and Country Music fans worldwide. Restless Heart started out in the business around the same time as Joe, and our paths crossed many times over the years. Joe blended humor and music better than anybody, and he always went out of his way to be kind and supportive. Sending our love and prayers to Joe's family and friends."
-Dave Innis, Restless Heart
"I don't really know if people realize how great a singer Joe Diffie was. We were buddies before we ever had our record deals. He had a great sense humor. He proved that to me when he recorded a funny tune I wrote called 'Good Brown Gravy' and invited me to sing on the record with him. Joe Diffie set the standard for our Country sound back in the 90's. He was just a regular Joe, as he would put it, but he also will go down in history as one of the greats, I do believe."
"Joe was a simple man with a very kind heart. His aptitude and soulful command of a Country song was unparalleled. The memories of sharing the stage with him are indelible. We all love you Joe, and our heart breaks for you and your loved ones."
-Henry Paul, BlackHawk / The Outlaws
"His album, Average Joe, was not a made up record company marketing idea. Joe was common as dirt and he never changed. He always loved it when he and the Kentucky Headhunters got to play together, he always said we made the day fun for him. Here's to a real Country guy who could sing with the best of them. Peace, Joe."
-Richard Young, The Kentucky Headhunters