Joe Diffie and Paul Harris

I normally tell you, “we went to see the show the other night”.  This time was different, we brought along a friend of mine cause she was a long time Joe Diffie fan.  I should start this review with her words – “The show was AWESOME!”  I have to agree with her, the show was awesome.  Joe started and ended the show with some of our favorite songs.

Can you guess what song started off the show – of course it had to be “Third Rock from the Sun.”  How appropriate “Welcome to Earth…….”  He kept the tempo high as he sang “Pickup Man” and “If the Devil Danced in Empty Pockets”.  Slowing things down a bit he sang, “Home” and “So Help Me Girl”.  I had never seen Joe in concert before and it was nice hearing him sing those songs live.

Paul Harris took the stage several times throughout the night and kept the whole crowd laughing.  He is one talented comedian.  I had just seen him in his own show the week before and a lot of the jokes were the same, but some were different.  There is certainly enough differences to warrant seeing both shows he is in.  A special instance to note is his reciting of "Ragged Old Flag".  It was very inspirational. 

Melody Hart, who plays the violin and guitar in the band and also sings backup for Joe, takes the stage singing Jolene.  I had seen Melody several times before this night and her voice just keeps getting better every time I hear her – a real treat.  Later Melody sings “Put Yourself in My Place”.   Following Melody is Christy Crisp, Joe's other backup singer, singing “Look At Us”.  I thought it was sweet that every so often, she would glance at her husband – Terry – playing the steel guitar.  Later in the show she sang “What Part of NO Don’t You Understand”.

Overall, Joe sang 14 of his Hits during the show.  Some of my other favorites were “Good Brown Gravy”, “A Night to Remember”, and “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox”.  It looked as if the show had ended, but OH NO.  Joe was not done for the night.  The crowd was cheering as Joe came back out for an Encore – “John Deere Green”.  I thought it was good thinking on the part of the lighting guys to change the background from red to green to match the words of the song.  A wonderful way to end a wonderful show.

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