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Begun in 1982 as the Grizzly River Boys, then the Tennessee River Boys, the group was one of several recurring performers at the now-defunct Opryland USA, a country music theme park in Nashville. Fronting the original lineup were Matt Davenport, Danny Gregg, and Ty Herndon, along with Larry Beard, Mel Deal, Al Deleonibus, and Ed Mummert. The band quit working Opryland in 1985 due to a perception that their status as a theme park attraction discredited them as "real musicians" to the Nashville community. After several membership changes and unsuccessful attempts, they became Diamond Rio in 1990 and established the lineup that has held ever since: Marty Roe (lead vocals), Gene Johnson (mandolin, guitar, fiddle), Jimmy Olander (lead guitar, banjo), Brian Prout (drums), Dan Truman (keyboards, piano), and Dana Williams (bass).

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Begun in 1982 as the Grizzly River Boys, then the Tennessee River Boys, the group was one of several recurring performers at the now-defunct Opryland USA, a country music theme park in Nashville. Fronting the original lineup were Matt Davenport, Danny Gregg, and Ty Herndon, Music/TyHerndon, along with Larry Beard, Mel Deal, Al Deleonibus, and Ed Mummert. The band quit working Opryland in 1985 due to a perception that their status as a theme park attraction discredited them as "real musicians" to the Nashville community. After several membership changes and unsuccessful attempts, they became Diamond Rio in 1990 and established the lineup that has held ever since: Marty Roe (lead vocals), Gene Johnson (mandolin, guitar, fiddle), Jimmy Olander (lead guitar, banjo), Brian Prout (drums), Dan Truman (keyboards, piano), and Dana Williams (bass).



* '''Ty Herndon''' – vocals (1982–1983)

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* '''Ty Herndon''' '''Music/TyHerndon''' – vocals (1982–1983)

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* GoodNewsBadNews: The chorus of "You're Gone."
-->And the good news is I'm better for the time we spent together\\
And the bad news is\\
You're gone

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* DarkerAndEdgier: "It's All in Your Head" has by far the darkest lyrical themes in the band's catalog, concerning (in order): an unwed teen mother dying in childbirth, a fundmentalist conspiracy theory-spouting preacher father who picks fights with "sinners" in bars and eventually dies of snakebite at a Pentecostalist revival, and the narrator of the song himself, the son who it all happens to.


* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: In 1994, they recorded a cover of Music/MerleHaggard's "Workin' Man Blues" with then-labelmates Lee Roy Parnell and Steve Wariner, which was credited to "Jed Zeppelin".

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* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: In 1994, they recorded a cover of Music/MerleHaggard's "Workin' Man Blues" with then-labelmates Lee Roy Parnell and Steve Wariner, Music/SteveWariner, which was credited to "Jed Zeppelin".


* MotorMouth: "Unbelieveable" has a series of very rapid-fire lyrics.

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* MotorMouth: "Unbelieveable" has a series of very rapid-fire lyrics.lyrics, as does "That's Just That".


The band's sound is defined by three-part bluegrass-style vocal harmonies, with an unsually heavy rhythm section for the country genre, alongside a myriad of solos on piano, mandolin, and Telecaster. While later albums borrowed more heavily from pop and Christian music, the same six-man lineup has held since 1989, and other than string sections, they have never used session musicians on recordings.

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The band's sound is defined by three-part bluegrass-style vocal harmonies, with an unsually heavy rhythm section for the country genre, alongside a myriad of solos on piano, mandolin, and Telecaster. While later albums borrowed more heavily from pop and Christian music, the same six-man lineup has held since 1989, and other than string sections, they have never used session musicians on recordings.
recordings. Their fourth album, 1996's ''IV'', was the first country album to be recorded entirely on a digital console.



* CareerEndingInjury: Subverted by half of the membership. Before their debut album, Gene Johnson slashed his thumb in a carpentry accident, Dana Williams injured his legs in a boating accident, and Jimmy Olander developed a tumor on his esophagus. However, all three were able to heal in time for their first album.

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* CareerEndingInjury: Subverted by half of the membership. Before their debut album, Gene Johnson [[{{fingore}} slashed his thumb in a carpentry accident, accident]], Dana Williams injured his legs in a boating accident, and Jimmy Olander developed a tumor on his esophagus. However, all three were able to heal in time for their first album.



* {{Fingore}}: Gene Johnson seriously cut his thumb in a carpentry accident not long before the band's debut album was to be recorded.

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* HomesicknessHymn: "Mama, Don't Forget to Pray for Me" is sung from the perspective of a man who's moved away to a new job where he is very successful, yet he's unhappy because he bitterly misses his home and family, and fears that the pressures of his current life may change him for the worse.


* CareerEndingInjury: Subverted with Gene Johnson. Despite injuring his left thumb in a carpentry accident in 1990, he eventually regained use of that thumb.

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* CareerEndingInjury: Subverted with by half of the membership. Before their debut album, Gene Johnson. Despite injuring Johnson slashed his left thumb in a carpentry accident accident, Dana Williams injured his legs in 1990, he eventually regained use of that thumb.a boating accident, and Jimmy Olander developed a tumor on his esophagus. However, all three were able to heal in time for their first album.


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* ProductPlacement: "Bubba Hyde" name-drops A&P supermarkets and Hai Karate aftershave.

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* EpicFail: The narrator in "Beautiful Mess" put salt in his coffee and his shoes on the wrong feet.


!Albums:
* ''Diamond Rio'' (1991)
* ''Close to the Edge'' (1992)
* ''Love a Little Stronger'' (1994)
* ''IV'' (1996)
* ''Unbelieveable'' (1998)
* ''One More Day'' (2001)
* ''Completely'' (2002)
* ''The Reason'' (2009)
* ''I Made It'' (2015)



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!Tropes present !!Principal Members (Founding members in their work:'''bold''', current members in ''italic''):

* '''Larry Beard''' – guitar, fiddle, banjo (1982–1985)
* Anthony Crawford – vocals (1983)
* '''Matt Davenport''' – bass, lead vocals (1982–1988)
* '''Al [=DeLeonibus=]''' – piano (1982–1983)
* '''Danny Gregg''' – guitar, lead vocals (1982–1986)
* '''Ty Herndon''' – vocals (1982–1983)
* ''Gene Johnson'' – mandolin, guitar, fiddle, tenor vocals (1987–present)
* '''Ed Mummert''' – drums (1982–1983)
* ''Jimmy Olander'' – guitar, banjo (1985–present)
* ''Marty Roe'' – lead vocals, guitar (1984–present)
* ''Brian Prout'' – drums (1989–present)
* Virgil True – vocals (1984)
* ''Dan Truman'' – keyboards (1983–present)
* Jimmy "J. J." Whiteside – drums (1983–1985)
* ''Dana Williams'' – bass, baritone vocals (1989–present)

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!!Albums:
* ''Diamond Rio'' (1991)
* ''Close to the Edge'' (1992)
* ''Love a Little Stronger'' (1994)
* ''IV'' (1996)
* ''Unbelieveable'' (1998)
* ''One More Day'' (2001)
* ''Completely'' (2002)
* ''The Reason'' (2009)
* ''I Made It'' (2015)
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A CountryMusic band founded in Nashville, Tennessee, and one of the most prominent in the genre in TheNineties.

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A Diamond Rio is an American CountryMusic band founded in Nashville, Tennessee, and one of the most prominent in the genre in TheNineties.


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* CareerEndingInjury: Subverted with Gene Johnson. Despite injuring his left thumb in a carpentry accident in 1990, he eventually regained use of that thumb.


* {{Fingore}}: Gene Johnson seriously cut his thumb not long before the band's debut album was to be recorded.

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* {{Fingore}}: Gene Johnson seriously cut his thumb in a carpentry accident not long before the band's debut album was to be recorded.

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* {{Crunchtastic}}: "Unbelieveable" contains the word "gotta-have-able".

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* VocalEvolution: Marty Roe's voice started slipping at the TurnOfTheMillennium, with the band noticing that he was giving dreadful performances in concert. They tried lowering the key on some songs, having Dan Truman sing lead a few times, and employing AutoTune, but nothing worked. His voice was ultimately restored after he consulted a vocal coach who determined that he was straining his voice by trying to overcompensate for a small degree of hearing loss, and was able to restore his voice to the way it sounded in TheNineties.


* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: The albums from ''Unbelieveable'' onward, their sound began taking a much stronger pop influence.



* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: In 1994, they recorded a cover of Music/MerleHaggard's "Workin' Man Blues" with Lee Roy Parnell and Steve Wariner, which was credited to "Jed Zeppelin".

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* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: In 1994, they recorded a cover of Music/MerleHaggard's "Workin' Man Blues" with then-labelmates Lee Roy Parnell and Steve Wariner, which was credited to "Jed Zeppelin".


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* SignatureStyle: As one of the only country bands to rely almost exclusively on their own members for musicianship, they were able to develop a more coherent sound than most of their contemporaries. Most of their songs combine elements of country (twangy guitar solos), rock (heavier drums and bass than typically found in country), and bluegrass (three-part vocal harmony, prominent mandolin).

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