Beautiful Mess, The Story of Diamond Rio by Diamond Rio with Tom RolandBook Description: Can a band comprised of six very talented but very different musicians make a difference with their music? What made it possible for Diamond Rio to weather the storms inherent in the fickle world of fame and fortune and go more than two decades without a single lineup change? Any reader in search of transparency and a behind-the-scenes look into the life of the band as a unit as well as the individual lives of the players and singers will be well satisfied. Can true loyalty exist within the competitive, seemingly unforgiving music industry? In A Beautiful Mess, Marty Roe, Dan Truman, Jimmy Olander, Brian Prout, Gene Johnson, and Dana Williams each has an entire chapter devoted to his personal and professional life. A Beautiful Mess is a wild ride from the edge of disaster and a little-known secret to an ongoing heart-warming revival. (this description came from the Thomas Nelson website.)
My Thoughts: I was interested in reading Beautiful Mess because Marty Roe the lead singer is from my town. In fact, my sister graduated in the same class as he did. Anyway, I’ve never met him but he’s a hometown boy. So when I got the opportunity to read the book, I grabbed it.
The book was very interesting. There is a chapter about each of the six guys in the band that tells a bit about their childhood and how they ended up becoming a part Diamond Rio. They each led very different lives but they all loved music. Diamond Rio has been together for 20-25 years without changing any members and evidently, this is very rare. They seem to have a genuine love and respect for the Lord and for each other. They also feel that it’s important to help others and the book tells of their involvement with Big Brothers and Sisters. If you’re a fan of Diamond Rio, there are tons of pictures in the book too. So, if you enjoy biographies and you want to read a book of hope and encouragement to reach for your dreams, I would recommend this book.
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