Tougher Than Nails

Tougher Than Nails

by Joe Diffie



Joe Diffie left Sony after 2001's In Another World, and three years later he released Tougher Than Nails, his first independent album. The switch from major to indie hasn't altered the essential sound of Diffie's music -- he's still a good-time neo-traditionalist, as comfortable with a twangy country-rocker as he is with a sweet ballad -- but there are some subtle changes. He co-writes five of the 12 songs, the most since 1999's A Night to Remember, and he co-produces the album, keeping the sound bright and accessible, but just a little more country than current contemporary country radio constructs. Apart from that, there's nothing new, but there doesn't need to be, since Diffie is still a satisfying straight-ahead country singer, capable of delivering solid records on a regular basis. Tougher Than Nails is no exception to the rule, and while only a handful of songs truly stand apart from the pack -- the sentimental Jesus tale in the title track, the nostalgic "Nothin' But the Radio," the rolling and summery "Movin' Train," and, best of all, the rowdy barroom raver "The More You Drink, the Better I Look" -- there are no bad tunes, either. Of course, that makes it no different than most Diffie records, but that's hardly something to complain about, since this is a solid and enjoyable collection of neo-traditional country, as enjoyable as most records he's made.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/2004
Label: Broken Bow
UPC: 0697487750827
catalogNumber: 7508

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Diffie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gary Prim   Piano
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Gary Lunn   Bass,Bass Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Randy McCormick   Piano
Steve Nathan   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Larry Paxton   Bass,Bass Guitar
Scott Sanders   Pedal Steel Guitar
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Percussion,Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Strings
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Tim Akers   Piano
Audrey Haney   Fiddle,Mandolin
Jason Roller   Electric Guitar,Soloist

Technical Credits

Joe Diffie   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Chip Davis   Composer
Harley Allen   Composer
Mike Bradley   Engineer
Shawn Camp   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Producer,Audio Production
Frank J. Myers   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
George Teren   Composer
Craig White   Engineer
Lonnie Wilson   Producer,Audio Production
Billy Yates   Composer
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Bobby Tomberlin   Composer
Wynn Varble   Composer
Jimmy Yeary   Composer
Robbie Wittkowski   Composer
Craig Morgan   Composer
Chris Wallin   Composer
Jason Roller   Contributor
Phil O'Donnell   Composer

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Tougher Than Nails 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great cd. I really enjoy Joe Diffie's music - and was very excited to get this cd. I think it's a great cd with many good songs. I especially like the title track "Tougher than Nails" with not only a great sound - but true meaning behind it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not a clunker on the whole album. "What Would Waylon Do" is a fun duet with the great George Jones...traditional country at its finest! Honkytonk flavor in "The More You Drink the Better I Look" and "My Redneck of the Woods," and some fancy pickin in "Movin' Train." If you like the classic Diffie hits "Prop Me Up..." and "Pick Up Man" you'll love these tunes, too. Like Diffie ballads, like "Home" and "Ships...?" Well that's here, too, especially in "Something I Do For Me." All in all, a terrific album!