County music singer and songwriter Joe Diffie will not have to travel too far for his next concert. Diffie will be the next act to take the stage at Hot Summer Nights in Sherman.
The show will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the Sherman Municipal Lawn.
Diffie, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is best known for his songs, “Home,” “If the Devil Danced,” and “Third Rock From the Sun.” He has released seven studio albums and has hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot County Songs chart.
“I’ve always loved well-written songs,” Diffie said in the biography on his website. “There’s really no magic formula. I’ve just always drawn on my own experience whether it’s falling in love or hanging out in a bar. I feel like if I relate to it, other people will too.”
Diffie is a member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
“The best advice I ever got was from my dad,” Diffie said. “He said, ‘If you don’t have a goal, you don’t have anything to shoot at. Do something every day towards your music. Write a song or play your guitar.’ I took that to heart and made sure I did something every day whether it was big or little. I remember getting out of bed one time because I had forgotten to do something towards my music. I actually got up, got my guitar and played for a few minutes and then went back to bed. I feel like that had something to do with the success that I’ve managed to achieve. I think it would apply in anything. I lived, breathed, ate and slept music all the time. I was so obsessed with it.”
Diffie got his first Grammy nomination in 1993 for best county collaboration with vocals for the son “Not Too Much to Ask” with Mary Chapin Carpenter. He won a Grammy five years later in the same category for the song, “Same Old Train” with Marty Stuart. Diffie has also earned an Academy of County Music Award in the category vocal event of the year for the song, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” with George Jones.
Diffie is the third act in the Hot Summer Nights lineup. He will be followed by Band of Heathens who will perform on June 27.