Book Description (From the Thomas Nelson website)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.
I must tell you that this book did grab my attention on the first page. It went down hill from there though. While the stories told in the book would be really interesting to hear from the actual band members themselves, I felt the way they were written did not hold my interest very well. There was a lot of name dropping that I thought to be unnecessary and confusing.
I did like that the band was never into drugs or alcohol and that they had a "no women on the bus" policy. They stuck by each other and enjoyed the rewards of their perseverance.
While the book didn't appeal to me, I did download some of Diamond Rio's music and i can tell you that i am a converted fan. Meet in the Middle is played regularly in my house and I just love How Your Love Makes Me Feel.
In conclusion I must say buy their albums not their book :)