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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio...Review

About the book:
Can a band comprised of six very talented but very different musicians make a difference with their music?

What made it possible for Diamond Rio to weather the storms inherent in the fickle world of fame and fortune and go more than two decades without a single lineup change? Any reader in search of transparency and a behind-the-scenes look into the life of the band as a unit as well as the individual lives of the players and singers will be well satisfied. Can true loyalty exist within the competitive, seemingly unforgiving music industry? In A Beautiful Mess, Marty Roe, Dan Truman, Jimmy Olander, Brian Prout, Gene Johnson, and Dana Williams each has an entire chapter devoted to his personal and professional life. A Beautiful Mess is a wild ride from the edge of disaster and a little-known secret to an ongoing heart-warming revival.

I love Diamond Rio. They're one of my favorite bands. I had an opportunity to meet them after a concert and I can attest to the fact that they are the genuine article: warm, friendly and down to earth.

In this entertaining story, we see the early beginnings of the band and find out how Diamond Rio became Diamond Rio. Through beginnings at Opryland, circumstances beyond their own control and decisions they made, the band molded itself into the fabulous group they are today. Each member has his own chapter that details the important issues and experiences that brought him to where he is today. We learn about Marty's struggle with his hearing and voice and how he finally faced his fears and sought help when his band members confronted him. The band members are also straight forward and unabashed about sharing their faith in God.

Here you learn that faith and family are important, that perseverance pays off, and that giving back to the community is an integral part of these guys' lives. I was not aware of the amount of charity work that Diamond Rio does.

With family and band photos, this is a fantastic book for any Diamond Rio fan. A terrific story about a terrific group of guys, who truly can be called role models. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thanks to the Thomas Nelson Book Blogger program for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about the book here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 12/09

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4/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. My mom's a fan of Diamond Rio, too - I bet she'd love this book.