"…On a hot summer night
He wrote Billy Bob loves Charlene
In letters three -foot high
And the whole town said that he should have used red,
But it looked good to Charlene,
In John Deere green…"
GEORGETOWN, Ohio — It may not be a hot summer night, but country singer and songwriter Joe Diffie is bringing songs, like "John Deere Green," to Georgetown on this cool fall evening.
Diffie said he is "looking forward" to entertaining his Ohio and Kentucky fans tonight at the Brown County Fair in Georgetown. Diffie said he hopes to give his fans "a relief from reality" for a couple hours.
Although Diffie has had much success in country music, he started off with humble beginnings. His first job was working in a Oklahoma foundry.
"After they laid us all off," Diffie said he headed to Nashville in 1986 to pursue his country music dreams and has been there ever since.
Diffie's long stint in Nashville has produced 10 chart-topping records, $6 million in sales and some extremely memorable ditties that country music fans can relate to and sing along with, such as: "Tougher Than Nails," "A Night to Remember," "Third Rock from the Sun," "Pickup Man," "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox," "Bigger Than the Beatles," "So Help Me Girl," "Honky Tonk Attitude," "If the Devil Danced in Empty Pockets," "Is it Cold in Here," "Ships That Don't Come In," "John Deere Green" and many others.
Diffie said his songs possess a "bit of Americana," which makes them relatable to the American public. Diffie said he loves to see his fans relate their own lives to the music. He also loves to see people sing along.
The singer has been busy this past year. Diffie said he has been in the recording studio, prepping for a new project, "in the midst of touring."
Diffie said he had about 70 shows scheduled this year and the summer was his busiest time.
In his free time, Diffie said he enjoys golf, cooking, reading and hanging out with his family and friends.
Diffie is married and has five children, his youngest is a 2-year-old daughter named Kylie. His oldest is his 25-year-old son named Parker. Parker works on the road with Diffie as his stage manager. He will be with Diffie prior to and during his performance tonight.
"We have a big time," said Diffie of himself and his family.
Diffie also plans on having a big time tonight at the Brown County Fair.
We are "not any good, but we're really loud," joked Diffie of he and his band.
Any Diffie fan will certainly tell you otherwise.
Diffie takes the stage in the main ring at 8 p.m. Cora Keller, Ripley native, will open for Diffie at 7 p.m. The concert is free, with the $7 general admission.
For more information about Diffie, visit his Web site at http://www.joediffie.com.
Contact Carrie Carlson at 606-564-9091, ext. 271.