Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio, By Diamond Rio

Six different guys from 4 different states with 6 different musical backgrounds come together to form what started out as "The Tennessee River Boys" and ended up as the Popular Country Group known today as "Diamond Rio". A true behind-the-scenes look into the life of the band as a unit as well as their individual lives. 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. Learn how each member was introduced into the band, struggled financially, but with faith held on to achieve their dream.

Thank you Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers for sending me this wonderful book! I gave this book 4 Stars.

When I checked the list of books to be reviewed. This was the first book to jump out at me. I am a huge fan of Diamond Rio! So naturally I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. There were a few slow spots, but for the most part I found this book to be very interesting. I am not sure if it was because I am a fan of the band though. I learned so much about this band that I didn't already know. They have been through some hard times and got a real rough start! I loved reading the chapters of the individual band members and the description of their music and family histories. There are great pictures all throughout the book. I also love how the book not only writes about the history of Diamond Rio but kind of the history of Country music. It mentions several other singers and their connection with the band. I loved the cover! It is a beautiful hard cover book. I only wish some of the pictures were in color as well.

Sorry - but since Diamond Rio is my favorite country group, I think I will keep this book for my collection! I will however, be giving away books in the future.

Who would I recommend this book to -
Diamond Rio fans - definitely!
Country music fans - Yes!
People who do not like country music - Mmmm, maybe not so much.


  1. I love them. They are my favorite group, always has been and always will be. One of my favorite songs is "What a Beautiful Mess". The video is great too. I have 3 of their CD's.
    I would read the book.
    And enter a contest to win the book.
    Nice book review.

  2. I love your new header!

    I also love Diamond Rio.....wonderful review, Wendy.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Thanks for joining the flashback challenge! Do you know what books you'll be reading yet? I'm so pumped to get started! I think the first book I re-read will be The Phantom Tollbooth.

  4. I am so glad you enjoyed this one Wendy!

  5. Hi Wendy...just replying here to your comment on my blog. The audio books are great while knitting also... :)

  6. Great review. The book sounds really interesting, I don't think I'd read the whole thing but I might be interested in a few of the member's stories. I'm glad you got to read about them as your first book review, I know how much you love them. As soon as there's a Keith Urban biography, snatch that up!



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