January 31

Joe Diffie Celebrates 25 Years in the Grand Ole Opry

Joe Diffie has always been a staple in the country singer/songwriter roster. He was a hitmaker in the ’90s. He had hits such as “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die), “Home,” and “John Deere Green.” And on the 25th of January, he celebrated his 25th year as an Opry member.


Between the ’90s and the early 2000s, Diffie charted 35 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Five of those peaked at number 1. Some of those are “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets,” “Third Rock From the Sun,” and his longest-lasting number 1,“Pickup Man.”

Listen to “Pickup Man” now!


As an Opry Member

Diffie is a member of the Opry since 1993. He celebrated his silver anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member with a big performance and a slice of cake! This was during the Opry at the Ryman showcase on the 25th of January. The showcase also included performances from Micheal Ray, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, and more.

In the official website of the Grand Ole Opry, his words of gratitude and passion are front and center:

“All other achievements pale in comparison and for the first time I feel like I really belong to the country music family. I’m so overwhelmed with the emotion of that [my] dream becoming reality.”

Diffie gleefully posted his heartfelt thanks on his social media accounts Monday evening.

“25 years at the @opry !! What a great night!!!! Had a bunch of family to celebrate with and cake!!!! @thepuffymuffin great job!!!! Good seeing my buddies @michaelraymusic and his dad and @vincegillofficial. Thanks to everyone who came out!!!”

via Joe Diffie’s Official Instagram Account

Diffie was nominated for a Grammy award for “Best Country Collaboration with Vocals” for his song “Not Too Much to Ask” with Mary Chapin Carpenter. He was also nominated for Vocal Event of the Year back in 1993 for “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair with George Jones and other artists. He won a Grammy Award for “Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “Same Old Train.” It was a collaboration with Marty Stuart and other artists.


Joe Diffie

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