During a recent tour stop in Calgary, Alberta the band received an official accolade and was presented with the prestigious white hat honor bestowed on visiting visiting musicians, actors, dignitaries, heads of state, prime ministers, presidents, and royalty since 1948. The White Hat is a symbol of friendship and western hospitality on behalf of the City of Calgary and The Calgary Stampede. It is an honor bestowed upon our visiting guests and dignitaries as a token of their experience in Calgary. Recent notable recipients include: the Dalai Lama, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate), former U.S. presidents: Clinton and Bush, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and the Rolling Stones.
The 8th Annual Team Rio Participates in the 2012 St. Jude's Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Diamond Rio's Jimmy Olander and Gene Johnson both celebrated firsts on Saturday while participating in the St. Jude's Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon. Olander completed his first full marathon (26.2 miles) and Johnson completed his first half marathon (13.1 miles). Team Rio 2012 had over 100 adult runners and 60 Team Rio Kids participants from several local schools.
Last year Olander, Team Rio's Celebrity Running Captain, accomplished his goal of finishing the half marathon in less than two hours, but this year the high temperatures in Music City slowed him down.
"I finished about 30 minutes later than I had anticipated," explains Olander. "The heat zapped me this year and my hamstrings said, 'no sir!' around mile 14. That and my Chatty Cathy nature probably added another half an hour to my finish time. I am probably the biggest gossip runner you'll encounter. So to run the full I got a brand new set of ear phones that interfaces with my iPhone to pick up calls with friends and family during the race. They were awful! Mostly I couldn't hear my callers and our conversations boiled down to me yelling into the phones, 'What? Speak up I can't hear you?' I picked a call and after three attempts to get the caller to speak up I heard him yell back at me, 'I said this is Ryan from Verizon Wireless. Is your wife there? I need to speak to her about some overages!' Before I knew it I had cussed him out. 'I'm running a Marathon here! But hey, Dude, we need to get this straightened out. Try her at home or on her cell.' Then he wished me luck and I went back to cramping. I mean running. Well, cramping and running, cramping and walking, cramping and talking...yada, yada...."
Olander tweeted on race day: "It was a full day... 3:40 am coffee, 7am Country Music Marathon, 12:30pm ice bath, 4:00pm coach baseball, 7:30 and 10:00 pm Grand Ole Opry performances."
Diamond Rio's, Gene Johnson proudly finished his first half. He trained to participate in the last few CMM's but injuries always kept him from running. "Last year around marathon time I decided I was going to [run] in 2012. I trained to walk it before, but never to run. I hadn't jogged in 20 years. Take 20 years off from jogging and it's not like it was when I was younger! I spent most of my time race day trying not to get caught up in the excitement. I didn't want to change my pace from training. I heard some great bands out there, but I don't know if heat stroke set in because I couldn't remember where any of them were."
New this year, Team Rio added a spinning component to the fitness and fundraising efforts at the official Team Rio cheer station, FIT in the Gulch. Situated at the mile two marker, spinners participated by spinning 13.1 miles, while DJ Silver spun his own musical mashups to help pump up not only the spinners, but the passing marathon runners. "Ebie and I came up with this idea last year while cheering on the runners and wishing there was a way for us non-runners to be active while supporting Team Rio," shares Bryan Berndt, the owner of FIT in the Gulch. "We had an amazing time and we're looking forward to an even bigger spin-off next year!" Passing runners showed their appreciation for the spinners with waves, thumbs up, and dancing to the music as they ran.
Tickets on Sale January 27 at 10:00 a.m.
NASHVILLE, TENN. (JANUARY 16, 2012) 2005 CMA Entertainer of the Year and four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban, this year joined by an all-star lineup of some of country music's most loved groups, will return to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, April 10, for a concert to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Reserved seating tickets, which are priced at a family friendly $25 and $35 (does not include Ticketmaster surcharge), will go on sale January 27 at 10:00 a.m. A limited number of VIP ticket packages will also go on sale on January 27 at Ticketmaster.com. (Complete ticket purchase information is below.)
The show which will feature performances from an all-star line-up including Urban, Country Music Hall of Fame members Vince Gill and Alabama, Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Band Perry, Blue Sky Riders, Diamond Rio, Exile, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts and Thompson Square again promises to be a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime evening of music, friendship and camaraderie.
All for the Hall is the museum's first-ever non-bricks-and-mortar fundraising initiative. The campaign addresses the not-for-profit educational institutions need for long-term financial security and provides a safety net for its work. Through ongoing exhibit schedules, scholarly publications and hundreds of school and family programs annually, the museum teaches its audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music. Museum Board President Gill created and has led the institutions All for the Hall fundraising initiative since 2005.
Reserved Seating Tickets
Tickets ($25 and $35, plus Ticketmaster surcharge) go on sale January 27 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, the Bridgestone Arena box office or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Phone, internet and outlet orders are subject to a convenience fee.
The Real Winning Edge features real-life high school and college students who face challenges such as substance abuse or being abandoned by their parents. Each of the young people selected represents a sport or a field in the arts. The series documents how these youth have conquered the odds to achieve victory in their field of talent, and also how they battle difficult circumstances to achieve victory in their personal lives. The Real Winning Edge is unique in that it also features high profile celebrities who introduce the students.
Be sure to catch Marty Roe and Dan Truman as they appear on The Real Winning Edge January 7th! To find stations and airtimes for The Real Winning Edge in your area visit www.realwinningedge.com
Team Rio is a group of dedicated, energetic runners and walkers who train together and will participate in the Country Music Marathon or Half Marathon on April 28, 2012 in Nashville. These runners and walkers are special because they also raise pledges for the children of Big Brothers Big Sisters while also serving as excellent role models and promoting physical fitness to Middle Tennessee's youth. Founded in 2005 by Diamond Rio member Jimmy Olander, Team Rio has raised over $750,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. This year, Diamond Rio's Jimmy Olander is Team Rio's Celebrity Running Captain. YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE IN THE MIDDLE TENNESSEE AREA TO JOIN TEAM RIO. Train on your own and join us the day of the marathon. Our coaches will get you prepared by providing weekly training schedules, group training clinics and expert advise. Join Team Rio today and make a difference in the lives of children in your community.
Visit www.teamrio.org to sign up!
Diamond Rio's Marty Roe hit the golf course this week supporting "Littles on the Links," a children's golf clinic chaired by Roe and held in conjunction with Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Classic at Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Nashville coming up this fall.
Shown with the First Place trophy are, from left: Roe; Little Brother Raymond; and Raymond's Big Brother in the mentoring program Will Trohanis. The young golfer had never even picked up a golf club prior to his instruction with Roe last night, and scored a birdie on his first hole and then won the children's three hole mini-tournament. Diamond Rio has raised over one million dollars through various events for the local charity.
For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters and to sign up for the adult Golf Classic, visit mentorakid.org or call (615) 329-9191.
Diamond Rio were presented an award in recognition of lifetime advocacy for children and families everywhere by Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Wildhorse Saloon during the Nashville Rotary Luncheon.
Catch Diamond Rio's Marty Roe and Jimmy Olander along with Steven Dale Jones on Music City Connection: Heroes Behind The Hits. The show will air on Prime Country; Sirius Channel 61, XM Channel 17, DISH Network Channel 6061as follows:
Sunday, February 27th - 8am Eastern/7am Central
Tuesday, March 1st - 3am Eastern/2am Central
Thursday, March 3rd - 11pm Eastern/10pm Central
Music City Connection: Heroes Behind the Hits is a monthly radio show recorded and produced by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau in Music City.
Taped live before audiences at various Nashville venues, the series presents songwriters of all genres during an informal "in-the-round" showcase - performing their hits, revealing their influences, and sharing their personal stories of writing, recording and living in Music City.
Multi-platinum Selling Group Wins The Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album For Their Latest Release The Reason at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY(r) Awards
NASHVILLE, TN - (February 14, 2011) - After two decades of making music and 14 Grammy nominations, Word Records' Multi-Platinum selling act Diamond Rio found the "reason" to celebrate last night when they scored their first Grammy award. The critically acclaimed country music band won the Grammy for the Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album for their first-ever full-length Christian Music release entitled The Reason, featuring the hit single "God Is There." And making the win even more meaningful is that this album is one of the most personal projects the band has released during their 20-year career span and includes mostly songs co-written by band members Jimmy Olander and Marty Roe.Diamond Rio was previously awarded the Dove Award for Country Album Of The Year and nominated for two more categories, including Song Of The Year for "God Is There" in 2010.
"Grammy Award Winner...wow!" exclaims guitarist Jimmy Olander. "I'm stunned! After 20 plus years of making records and then, 'here's your first Grammy' well that is an incredible honor. To celebrate I'm providing juice for both of my sons Valentine's Day Parties at elementary school. Where I was once only Max and Tank Olander's Dad...I am now Grammy Award Winning Max and Tank Olander's Dad!"
Lead singer Marty Roe shares, "Wow, this is something I never thought we'd accomplish. We have been doing this a long time and to get this particular notice, I don't even know what to say..."
Formed in 1984, Diamond Rio features lead singer Marty Roe, guitarist Jimmy Olander, drummer Brian Prout, keyboardist Dan Truman, bassist/harmony Dana Williams and Gene Johnson on mandolin/harmony. The band signed with Arista in 1988 and embarked on one of the most successful careers in country music. The band has sold over 10 million albums earning three platinum and five gold records and won the Country Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year award four times as well as netting two Academy of Country Music Awards in the top Vocal Group of the Year category and fourteen GRAMMY(r) nominations. When they debuted in 1991 with the hit "Meet in the Middle," Diamond Rio became the first group in the history of country music to have a debut single reach No.1. They continued to place 32 more singles on the Billboard chart, including "How Your Love Makes Me Feel," "Norma Jean Riley," "Beautiful Mess" and "Love a Little Stronger." Their last recording, A Diamond Rio Christmas: The Star Still Shines, was released in 2007 and marked their debut with Word Records.
There's no better way for you and your valentine to celebrate the holiday that falls on February 14th than with 14-time Grammy-nominated and multi-Plantinum selling act, Diamond Rio! The 6-time award-winning Vocal Group Of The Year will be hitting the Opry stage on Friday, February 11th, and their album THE REASON is nominated for Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album at the 2011 Grammy Awards on February 13th! To celebrate the big weekend, they want to give you a chance to win an awesome Valentine's Day prize package! Enter below for your chance to win:
Valentine's Day Prize Package:
* Autographed copy of Diamond Rio's Grammy-nominated album, THE REASON
* Autographed mandolin signed by Diamond Rio
* Voucher for two tickets to the Grand Ole Opry in 2011
CLICK HERE TO ENTER once per day now through February 28!
Click here to purchase tickets to see Diamond Rio, plus Ronnie Milsap, Mel Tillis, The Grascals, Terri Clark, and more at the Opry on February 11!
We posted a few photos from our 2010 Christmas Shows in Bartlesville OK. Just click on the photos link above.
NASHVILLE, TN (December 2, 2010) After two decades of making music, Word Records six-time award-winning Vocal Group Of The Year and multi-Platinum selling act Diamond Rio showed the exact reason why as they received their 14th GRAMMY award nomination last night. The critically acclaimed country music band was nominated in the Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album category for their first-ever full-length Christian Music release entitled The Reason, featuring the hit single God Is There. Diamond Rio was previously awarded the Dove Award for Country Album Of The Year and nominated for two more categories, including Song Of The Year for God Is There in 2010.
Like most of my favorite moments in life, this GRAMMY nomination came right out of the blue and knocked me out! Wow...the blessings just keep coming for Diamond Rio, exclaimed Jimmy Olander when he first heard the news. God is good! I'd like to congratulate Mike Clute, Word Records and Modern Management for helping us with The Reason. Tonight we celebrate!
Formed in 1984, Diamond Rio features lead singer Marty Roe, guitarist Jimmy Olander, drummer Brian Prout, keyboardist Dan Truman, bassist/harmony Dana Williams and Gene Johnson on mandolin/harmony. The band signed with Arista in 1988 and embarked on one of the most successful careers in country music. The band has sold over 10 million albums earning three platinum and five gold records and won the Country Music Associations Vocal Group of the Year award four times as well as netting two Academy of Country Music Awards in the top Vocal Group of the Year category and fourteen GRAMMY nominations. When they debuted in 1991 with the hit Meet in the Middle, Diamond Rio became the first group in the history of country music to have a debut single reach No. 1. They continued to place 32 more singles on the Billboard chart, including How Your Love Makes Me Feel,Norma Jean Riley,Beautiful Mess and Love a Little Stronger. Their last recording, A Diamond Rio Christmas: The Star Still Shines, a 2007 holiday album marked their debut with Word Records.
Yesterday afternoon I got to spend some time with my friend, Neal Hager. Neal is an amazing songwriter and musician and just an all around good guy.
After we caught up about our families and what we've both been up to, Neal told me about his recent involvement with a company called "Live Intentionally". I checked this website out and was very pleasantly surprised. I got a couple of the T-shirts, and I will wear them proudly! It is refreshing to see a company that has more than the bottom line as a goal. I am hooked on the real stories that people have contributed, and the articles by creator David Litwin are beyond inspiring.
I am very proud that Neal is involved and feel challenged to live my life more "intentionally". The entire thing seems more like a "movement in a positive direction" than a place to buy shirts. Very Cool~! I encourage you to check it out! http://www.live-intentionally.com/
See you at the next gig~"
Littles on the Links the newest component of the Arbys Charity Tour Golf Tournament benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
Diamond Rios Marty Roe is hosting two Childrens Golf Clinics in conjunction with the Arbys Charity Tour - Nashville. Littles on the Links provides children in Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program, the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of golf while having some fun. Eight matches will join Marty Roe on the links at Gaylord Springs Golf Links on August 16th and a different group will join Marty on August 17th.
Best score wins on each day. Grand Prize: One Complimentary Playing Spot in the Arbys Charity Tour Nashville on September 14th at Gaylord Springs Golf Links.
The two clinics are scheduled for August 16th and 17th with 8 matches playing on each day.
Schedule of Events:
20 minutes on swing
20 minutes on chipping
20 minutes on putting
Three holes in a scramble format with four pairs of matches
About Big Brothers Big Sisters and How the Arbys Charity Tour Supports the Agency
The Arbys Charity Tour will help Big Brothers Big Sisters raise the funds to assist children in our program overcome adversity and better position them to reach their full potential.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a volunteer and donor driven organization that matches children in need with a positive adult role model. Revenue generated by this event is used to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety, and provide ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. In essence, the positive outcomes as a result of these relationships and the impact they have in the community is your return on investment.
Middle Tennessees youth are making decisions right now that will affect education, public safety, and community health today and in the future. Its a big responsibility, and they could use a little help.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is changing the way kids grow up in Middle Tennessee. Through one-to-one mentoring services, our volunteers are empowering children with the tools, confidence and guidance to make decisions that will affect their safety, well-being and their overall potential. Its a social profit enterprise that requires investment from individuals whether time, talent, or treasure to make a powerful community impact.
It takes about $1,000 to mentor one child for one year. Your investment in Big Brothers Big Sisters will help provide the resources needed for volunteer recruitment, the application and screening process, reference checks, background checks and supporting the match between the Big and Little.
This year Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee is celebrating forty-one years of successfully serving Middle Tennessee children with a mentor in their lives. By supporting the Arbys Charity Tour, you are supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters and helping change a childs perspective - for the better.
About the Partnership of Diamond Rio and Arbys
Arbys long-term partnership of over 20 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee continues to add additional opportunities for Middle Tennessees childrens development. The Company and its Employees have supported Big Brothers Big Sisters through many different fundraising events Bowl for Kids Sake, Team Rio, and has been a partner in the Arbys Charity Tour since 1999 raising important funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.
Diamond Rio has supported Big Brothers Big Sisters since the 1980s and has also been a partner with the agency. Raising funds through The Rio, The Arbys Charity Tour and most recently Team Rio raising more than a million dollars for the children of Middle Tennessee served through Big Brothers Big Sisters
About The Arbys Charity Tour - Nashville will tee off with a celebrity tournament featuring music, sports and broadcast celebrities. Trophies and door prizes will be awarded during a small reception following the tournament. Golfers and their guests will join us for a cocktail reception and finish the evening with a performance at the Grand Ole Opry.
To learn more about the Arbys Charity Tour Nashville, visit:
Diamond Rio's lead guitarist loves being an older parent. "I enjoy fishing with my boys backyard camping and super hero cartoons", says Jimmy Olander. Be sure to check out the entire article.
The 2010 CMA Music Festival kicks off on June 7th in Nashville. Don't miss your opportunity to see Diamond Rio at these great events!!
Tuesday, June 8th
Country Music Hall of Fame
Diamond Rio will sign copies of their latest CD The Reason and their autobiography Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio
visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org for more details
Thursday, June 10th
GAC TV Booth Autograph Signing
Greased Lightning Fan Fair Hall
CMA Music Fest Live Performance
Riverfront Park Stage
WORD Recording Artist, Diamond Rio and members of Team Rio celebrated the finish line at an award ceremony in Nashville this week. Picture (l-r) are The Arby's Foundation's Lizzy Seymour and Leann Dominy, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee Lowell Perry, Diamond Rio's Jimmy Olander and Marty Roe, Modern Management's Renee Behrman and Big Brothers Big Sisters Board President James Crumlin.
Diamond Rio's Marty Roe pictured with golf legend Johnny Miller at The Vinny held in Nashville this week. Roe's team also included former Titan's alumni Al Del Greco. The six-some took home first place in the Texas Scramble tournament.
"It was the first time I got to play with Johnny Miller who is a golf icon. I really admire Johnny. When you talk about Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus you talk about Johnny Miller. Our team shot 25 under and came in first place. It was great fun."
Are you going to the 2010 CMA Music Festival in Nashville? JOIN DIAMOND RIO'S CMA MUSIC FEST STREET TEAM and to thank you for your support, you'll get a FREE AUTOGRAPHED copy of Diamond Rio's album The Reason along with an AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO!
HERE ARE THE DETAILS:
- You must be in Nashville for the CMA Music Festival June 10-12
- Street team members will be required to hand out Diamond Rio postcards for ONE day June 10, 11, or 12 between 12-4pm OR 4-8pm.
- All participants must be 18 years of age or older
- Participants will receive a FREE AUTOGRAPHED copy of Diamond Rio's album The Reason along with an autographed photo
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SIGN UP, PLEASE EMAIL THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO firstname.lastname@example.org
HOURS AVAILABLE 12-4 or 4-8
All emails from interested participants must be received no later than May 28th
This Friday and Saturday The Trendy Trunk in Hendersonville, Tennessee, co-owned by Diamond Rio's Dana Williams, will be collecting donations for families affected by the flooding on behalf of The Red Cross in Sumner County. If you would like to make a donation please drop your items off at the store between 10am - 6pm or you can make a financial donation online @ www.thetrendytrunk.com. All monies will be given directly to The Red Cross.
Requested Items: cleaning supplies, toiletries, linens, shoes and socks, clothing of all sizes. Donations can be made through the website below.
The Trendy Trunk
203 N Anderson Lane, Ste 105
Hendersonville, TN 37075
During last night's 41st Annual Dove Awards, Diamond Rio took home "Country Album Of The Year" for The Reason, co-produced by the band's lead guitarist Jimmy Olander and their long-time producer Michael D. Clute. The Reason, released in September of 2009 on WORD Records is the band's first release on the label. The Dove Awards will be broadcast on the Gospel Music Channel Sunday, April 25 at 8/7c.
On March 15, revered country radio icon 650 AM WSM kicks off a series of new midday shows hosted by award-winning artists. Listeners will enjoy an insider's view of the artist-hosts' musical passions and personalities and can expect a mix of Country, Bluegrass and Americana music. A variety of guest artists and WSM favorites will take the mic on Thursdays including Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor and Diamond Rio's Dana Williams.
"We look forward to having these diverse artists as part of the station line-up," WSM Operations Manager Joe Limardi said. "lt'll be exciting to listen to them taking their turn on the other side of the microphone, stepping into the shoes of renowned station DJs that have filled the airwaves for 85 years. WSM continues to be on the cutting edge of programming like no other radio station in the country through digital media and an expanded playlist to encompass 'all things country.'"
Life on the road isn't always as glamorous as you might think. Yesterday while in Florida playing a show at the House of Blues our bus caught on fire. After loading in for the show, our production manager Tony was moving the bus when he looked in the rear view mirror and saw flames!!! We had an electrical fire in the engine compartment. Luckily, we were able to get the flames out before too much damage happened. The tow truck came and hauled the bus off around 6pm. We got a new bus to the venue around 9pm and got ready to load out and head home. We noticed the lights on our trailer were a little dim and while heading down the road, we saw smoke coming from our trailer tires!! Turns out, the tires on the trailer were dragging and not turning. We thought we needed new bearings so we sent someone to get them an hour away. We got the bearings but then realized that wasn't the problem. The hub was sheered off and we couldn't get the parts we needed last night. So there we are sitting in a Chick-Fil-A parking lot unable to move. I woke up today, looked out the window and we hadn't moved an inch. 11 hours later we were still sitting in the Chick-Fil-A parking lot. Around noon, we found the part we needed but its an hour away. So as the guy is bringing us the part, he hits some debris on the road and blows his two front tires!! I'm not making this up! Another guy drives to meet him to get the part and guess what, it's the wrong part!! After two trips to the parts store, the right part finally arrives and we start working on the trailer. We finally got everything fixed and working and start to head home. Of course we get stuck in 5 o'clock traffic in Orlando. Stay tuned, we are still 700 miles from home. Who knows what might happen next! Wish us luck!!
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