#TST: Joe Diffie

  Time again for Two Step Tuesday!

Let’s just get right to it, shall we?

Wikipedia tells us this about Joe Diffie:

Joe Logan Diffie (December 28, 1958 – March 29, 2020) was an American country music singer. After working as a demo singer in the mid 1980s, he signed with Epic Records' Nashville division in 1990. Between then and 2004, Diffie charted 35 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, five of which peaked at number one: his debut release "Home", "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)", "Third Rock from the Sun", "Pickup Man" (his longest-lasting number-one song, at four weeks) and "Bigger Than the Beatles". In addition to these singles, he had 12 others reach the top 10 and ten more reach the top 40 on the same chart. He also co-wrote singles for Holly Dunn, Tim McGraw, and Jo Dee Messina, and recorded with Mary Chapin Carpenter, George Jones, and Marty Stuart.

Diffie released seven studio albums, a Christmas album, and a greatest-hits package under the Epic label. He also released one studio album each through Monument Records, Broken Bow Records, and Rounder Records. Among his albums, 1993's Honky Tonk Attitude and 1994's Third Rock from the Sun are certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, while 1992's Regular Joe and 1995's Life's So Funny are both certified gold. His album, Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album, was released in late 2010 through Rounder. His style is defined by a neotraditionalist country influence with a mix of novelty songs and ballads.

Today’s Two Steppin’ Playlist:

  1. If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)
  2. Home
  3. Third Rock From The Sun
  4. Pickup Man
  5. Bigger Than The Beatles
  6. If You Want Me To
  7. New Way To Light Up An Old Flame
  8. So Help Me Girl
  9. Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die)
  10. Texas Size Heartache

See you again soon! Share with me your thoughts about this playlist.  If you have a favorite country artist, let me know and I’d be happy to feature them.


  1. Though I was vaguely familiar with his name, I didn't know anything about him when I heard of his passing. I'd say I've probably heard some of his music before, but just never became a fan. Too bad that he left us so early.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  2. Mary,

    I read of Joe Diffie's passing a few months back. That was the first time to learn of this country singer. I'm glad to see you featured some of his mewsic today. I don't recall of these songs but that doesn't surprise me considering most of his success happened in the 80s and country wasn't my thing in those days. He has that classic country sound. His tongue in cheek lyrics are fun and something that wouldn't fly over easily nowadays. Oh the fun people could have in the 80s! Thanks for introducing Diffie's sound to my ears. Have tunetastic Tuesday!


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