On October 12, 2022, Diamond Rio's lead singer, Marty Roe, spent 30 minutes talking with our David Rowell. Diamond Rio is giving a performance at Greek Brothers Oyster Bar and Grill in El Campo on Friday, October 21.
In a wide-ranging and thoughtful discussion, Marty spoke about his childhood and his surprising link to Loretta Lynn; his perception of the evolution of country music, from its cultural origins and on to its future with inputs from other musical forms; the difference between live and recorded music; and also added some heart-felt advice for new singers and groups getting started in the industry now.
He also had some very direct criticism of some other groups, and pointed to elements of what has contributed to Diamond Rio's great success over, now, more than 30 years.
Here is a link to the interview. (mp3 file)