It's been six weeks or so since Joe Diffie passed away from complications arising from COVID-19. In that time our writers are taking a deep dive into the catalog of the iconic honky tonk singer/songwriter. Check back here to access each review of his core albums (and if his previously planned album for 2020 gets released, we'll cover that here as well).
On his third album, Joe Diffie unleased one of his most-popular songs, "Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die)." It's a complete album and one of his more timeless efforts. See what we think of the project as part of our deep dive into his star-making career.
By the time Joe Diffie recorded this album, he was at the height of his country radio height, though he did barely scrape the Top 40 with his fifth and final single, "The Road Not Taken," from the album.
His first Gold-certified album, "Regular Joe" also served up a sophomore slump on the radio charts as there were "only" two Top 5 hits and no #1's out of the four singles and one failed to hit the Top 40. See our thoughts on the album here.
Released in 2010, "Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album" was his return to his youthful roots after his days as a country radio hitmaker were over. Sadly, it would prove to be the final all-new album released in his lifetime.