Nation band DIAMOND RIO has launched two new members following the retirements of drummer BRIAN PROUT and mandolin participant/vocalist GENE JOHNSON. Authentic members MARTY ROE (lead vocals), JIMMY OLANDER (guitar/banjo), DANA WILLIAMS (bass/vocals) and DAN TRUMAN (piano) have now been joined by CARSON McKEE (fiddle/concord vocals) and MICAH SCHWEINSBERG (drums). These are the primary member adjustments for the reason that band’s formation in 1989.
McKEE is the band’s first feminine member. ROE known as her “an incredible younger musician, and we’re so fortunate to have her. She will sing as excessive as GENE, which was laborious to seek out, and her vocals mix so nicely with mine and DANA’s. She additionally brings an vitality to the stage that retains us previous guys on our toes.”
SCHWEINSBERG has subbed in with the band at numerous reveals through the years, and ROE known as him “an unbelievable musician. He brings renewed vitality to our dwell performances.” Stated SCHWEINSBERG, “Being in DIAMOND RIO, for me, is the story of a younger musician who ultimately received to be in his favourite band. I’ve admired the expertise of DIAMOND RIO for over 30 years. I inform folks continuously that I’ll at all times be a fan of this band first, whether or not I’m in it or not.”
As for the departing members, ROE stated, “BRIAN is probably the most musical drummer I’ve ever performed with, and GENE introduced a uniqueness that may by no means be totally changed. DIAMOND RIO’s vocal sound wouldn’t be the identical with out him. I’ll perpetually be thankful for the priceless contributions of my two companions. All of us want them nicely of their retirement.”
DIAMOND RIO scored 5 #1s and 14 different Prime 10 hits within the Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s, whereas signed to ARISTA NASHVILLE, and earned 14 GRAMMY AWARD nominations, successful one for his or her album, THE REASON.
The brand new members make their debut within the SCHWEINSBERG-directed video for brand spanking new instrumental monitor “The Kick,” launched TODAY (7/7). Watch it here.