|DIAMOND RIO - BIOGRAPHY||
Diamond Rio was a '90s country band with bluegrass sensibilities noted for its exceptional musicianship. Each of the four members--lead vocalist/guitarist Marty Roe, lead guitarist/banjo player Jimmy Olander, mandolin player/singer Gene Johnson, keyboardist Dan Truman, bassist Dana Williams and drummer Brian Prout--were involved in music long before the band's formation: Roe began performing professionally and touring at age 12 with Windsong, while Jimmy Olander was a veteran of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Foster & Lloyd. Johnson, meanwhile, had worked with David Bromberg and J.D. Crowe; Williams' uncles were the famed Osborne Brothers, and Truman, a classically trained pianist, got his start playing with Brigham Young University's Young Ambassadors.
In time, each future member of Diamond Rio ended up playing at Nashville's Opryland as the Tennessee River Boys. After performing bluegrass there for seven years, the band managed to snag a contract with Arista, taking their current band name from a passing truck. Diamond Rio released their self-titled debut album in 1991. "Meet Me In the Middle," the first single, became a number one single; both follow-up singles, "Mirror Mirror" and "Mama Don't Forget to Pray for Me," were also substantial hits. Later that year, their second album, Close to the Edge, came out and their string of successes continued. Love a Little Stronger appeared in 1994, followed by IV in 1996. Diamond Rio returned with Unbelievable in 1998.