Are Your Favorite Music Festivals Canceled For 2020?

Music Festivals canceled and rescheduled

I started out this year with a pretty sweet list of music festivals that I wanted to try to cover. Last year, I was recovering from my heart attack, so I only covered 3 [Epicenter, Carolina Country Music Fest and Firefly Music Festival]. So I decided to take on a few more this year including ones I have covered in the past [Merlefest and Hangout Fest] as well as new additions: Bonnaroo, Tortuga Music Festival and Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

But then Coronavirus came along and lots of music festivals canceled or rescheduled. Everything changed. For me. For music. And for the world.

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Music Festivals Canceled for 2020

Because of the global pandemic, many notable festivals have either canceled or postponed including Coachella and SXSW. Of the festivals I have been planning to attend, Merlefest was the first to cancel, followed closely by Epicenter. And then Firefly Music Festival announced its cancellation a few days ago.

*Hangout Fest is currently in limbo. They have canceled the originally scheduled dates of May 15th-17th and announced that they would make a more definite determination of whether the festival could be rescheduled in a couple of weeks. As of now, it looks like they are trying to reschedule, but until they release rescheduled dates, I am considering this festival canceled. Fingers crossed they can reschedule. They had a really sweet lineup.

Music Festivals Rescheduled For 2020

In an early move, Bonnaroo rescheduled for September 24-27 a few weeks ago. Tortuga Music Festival rescheduled for October 2-4 and Carolina Country Music Fest announced this week that they would now be holding their beach festival 9/17-9/20. Honestly, I am all about September at the beach, so I am really looking forward to this. Sadly, Joe Diffie was one of the acts lined up to play at this year’s Carolina Country Music Fest and he passed away a few days ago from complications due to Coronavirus. In a very classy move, his slot is now replaced with a Joe Diffie Tribute. I feel like, for me, this will be the festival that brings life back to normal.

music festivals canceled or rescheduled

If you can’t make it for the rescheduled dates for CCMF and you need to sell your tickets or if you are looking to buy some, there is now a Facebook group to help facilitate this.

Music Festivals Unaffected For 2020

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience seems to be the only festival on my checklist unaffected by the virus so far. I have my festival suggestions listed on the right side of this blog along with their dates. You can click the links to go to their sites for more information. I will also be updating the list as information becomes available. It’s still early in this pandemic though and things are rapidly evolving and changing. Let’s all just pray that this is over soon and that we can all get back to doing the things that we love.

Until then be safe everybody. <3

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Country Music Stars Mourn The Passing Of Joe Diffie

Country Stars Mourn The Loss Of Joe Diffie

On March 29th, 2020, country music lost Joe Diffie. He was receiving treatment for Coronavirus but, sadly, was not able to overcome it. Since hearing of the news, I have had “Ships That Don’t Come In,” my personal favorite of his songs, running on a loop inside my head. Diffie had huge hits with “Pickup Man,” “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox,” “John Deere Green” and many more. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans. He will be greatly missed.

Country Stars Mourn The Passing Of Joe Diffie

“Just got word that Joe Diffie has passed away. Sincere condolences to his family. It’s such a shock and such a loss for Country Music. Rest in Peace, Joe.” – Charlie Daniels

“I was saddened to hear that my friend and fellow Grand Ole Opry member Joe Diffie passed away today. Joe was a great singer, songwriter, and entertainer that left his mark in Country Music. His clear voice and unique singing style made him immediately recognizable. We will all certainly miss him.” – Ricky Skaggs

“Joe Diffie. A great friend. A great man. A great singer. A GREAT loss.” – Larry Gatlin, The Gatlin Brothers

“One of the best artists ’90s Country ever served up. I worked fairs all over the country with Joe. It’s sort of like losing a classmate. Recently he sang a song with me, Lorrie Morgan and Darryl Worley, ‘Summer Wine.’ It was a perfect performance. He never hit a bad note and was just a regular guy. We all loved him. RIP, Joe Diffie.” – Pam Tillis

“I’m so sorry to hear about Joe Diffie’s passing. We always met with a smile and we’ll see each other again with a smile.” – Doug Gray, The Marshall Tucker Band

“So tragic to hear that another great legend’s voice has gone silent. He was and will remain one of country music’s great vocalists. It’s truly a sad day for our industry. Joe please tell our friends Kenny Rogers and Jan Howard we love them and to send down a prayer for all of us during this difficult time on earth. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Tara and their family.” – T.G. Sheppard

“I am deeply saddened at the news of Joe Diffie’s death. He and I were labelmates on Sony Epic Records for many years. We worked together a lot over the years. I can honestly say that Joe was one of the truly good guys in our business. A real gentleman, and obviously, one of the greatest Country Music singers who ever lived.  His records, ‘Home’ and ‘Ships That Don’t Come In’ are among my favorite records of all time. I am honored, and humbled, to have known him. May God Bless and comfort Joe’s family and welcome him into Eternity. We’ll miss you, Brother.” – Collin Raye

“I am in total shock and disbelief at the passing of my friend, tourmate and Country legend, Joe Diffie. My heart is broken and I’m praying for his family and for our country as we deal with this horrible pandemic. You will be missed, Joe. Rest in Peace.” – Aaron Tippin

“I keep saying almost every night on stage Joe Diffie is the best Country voice in Country Music today. Gonna miss Joe. God bless him. Love you brother.” – Sammy Kershaw

“I knew this was bound to hit close to home. Today it did. I just heard the news of Joe Diffie’s passing. I am sick in my spirit because I can’t bear the thought of not hearing that voice for a while. He was a dear friend and he understood me and my convictions. Most of all, he accepted me for who I am and I felt the same about him. There’s no filling his shoes and he will be missed by many. I loved him like a brother, and I’m thankful that I know where he is. My brother, I look forward to seeing your sweet face again. Please pray for the family and loved ones devastated by this terrible loss.” – Darryl Worley

“Joe Diffie, he was a singer’s singer. I have been a fan since his first single, ‘Home,’ hit radio. Condolences to the family. He will be missed in our hearts as well.” – Marty Raybon, Shenandoah

“So sad to hear the news of Joe Diffie’s passing today. He and I were both born on the same day, December 28, 1958. We would always talk about that when we were around each other. Rest in peace, my brother. You will be missed.” – Mike McGuire, Shenandoah

“I’m so sad to hear of the passing of a brother in music, Joe Diffie. What a voice! We have worked around each other for decades. Really one of the good guys. I’m so shocked. Thoughts for his family, his team and friends from myself and the entire Restless Heart family!” – Larry Stewart, Restless Heart

“First we lose the legendary Jan Howard, and now we’ve lost Joe Diffie. It’s a heartbreaking time for Nashville and Country Music fans worldwide. Restless Heart started out in the business around the same time as Joe, and our paths crossed many times over the years. Joe blended humor and music better than anybody, and he always went out of his way to be kind and supportive. Sending our love and prayers to Joe’s family and friends.” – Dave Innis, Restless Heart

“The passing of our friend, Joe Diffie, hit us all hard. We did many shows over the years and will never forget his happy smile, funny jokes and amazing voice. We send out our prayers to his family and will miss seeing him down the road!!! RIP friend. – Del Gray, Little Texas

“I don’t really know if people realize how great a singer Joe Diffie was. We were buddies before we ever had our record deals. He had a great sense humor. He proved that to me when he recorded a funny tune I wrote called ‘Good Brown Gravy’ and invited me to sing on the record with him. Joe Diffie set the standard for our Country sound back in the 90’s. He was just a regular Joe, as he would put it, but he also will go down in history as one of the greats, I do believe.” – Billy Dean

“Joe was a simple man with a very kind heart. His aptitude and soulful command of a Country song was unparalleled. The memories of sharing the stage with him are indelible. We all love you Joe, and our heart breaks for you and your loved ones.” – Henry Paul, BlackHawk / The Outlaws

“His album, Average Joe, was not a made up record company marketing idea. Joe was common as dirt and he never changed. He always loved it when he and the Kentucky Headhunters got to play together, he always said we made the day fun for him. Here’s to a real Country guy who could sing with the best of them. Peace, Joe.” – Richard Young, The Kentucky Headhunters

“We lost the original “pickup man” yesterday and he can never be replaced. Country music will never be the same without a Joe Diffie in it.” – Dom McManus

“I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Joe a few times over the years at random events. He was always super nice and generous to everyone, not to mention one of the best singers to ever grace Nashville. Big loss for country music.” – Jason Duggins, Montgomery Gentry

“Joe Diffie was one of those guys that hooked me on 90’s country. He was a helluva singer, the kinda singer that other singers look up to… and what a great guy. He will be missed.” – Ray Scott

“I am very sad to hear the news of the passing of Joe Diffie. His traditional sounding voice had a soothing timber and I enjoyed hearing him sing. He recorded songs that touched everyday folks and for me it was his recording of  “Ships That Don’t Come In” that changed my life. The song and his delivery were the inspiration that led me to come to Nashville to work at taking my music to a larger audience. I will be forever grateful to Joe for following his dreams of being a singer and for recording a song that fueled my dreams. I will miss you Joe.” – John Berry

I am in shock and so sad over the passing of my long time friend, Joe Diffie. Joe and I go way back to when we both started out in this business. He IS without a doubt one of the finest country singers that has ever sung into a microphone. His pronunciation and country vibes were amazing, but he backed that up with a voice that could belt out a song like a tenor doing a duet with Pavarotti, that’s what made him truly one of the best singers I’ve ever heard. Joe was so fun and a blast to hang with at all times and he made me laugh. I will miss my friend and salute him by cranking “Ships That Don’t Come In” till I go to sleep tonight. Rest in Heaven brother and sing one when you’re ready, they’re gonna love you! – Tim Rushlow

Extremely hard to lose two Opry family members within two days, Jan Howard, and now Joe Diffie.  Joe brought a special energy with his music, not only to radio but to the Grand Ole Opry. He’s always had a distinctive country sound, but updated to fit his generation. His personality matched his music – warm, friendly, energetic and fun. It just always felt good to see him. Everything about Joe Diffie will be missed and my heart goes out to his family, our Opry family and his many fans around the world. – Jeannie Seely

There are voices that come along and catch our attention…and then there are VOICES that come along and capture our hearts forever more. We lost one of the greatest Country voices of ALL time today!! Joe Diffie was special in every way! His vocal range was absolutely massive…. like those lungs were unreal. His tone was as rich as the OK dirt he was raised in. His heart was as warm as the comfy front lounge of his bus where he’d proudly serve up his homemade craft brews and shared stories of life, love, and the road. Joe was real, and that resonated with all of us from his peers, to family, to friends, to his millions of fans alike. Joe made me want to be a better singer without a doubt. I’d sit on the side of the stage and wait for Ships That Don’t Come In or White Lightenin’. Anything that came out of his mouth was stylistic AND mechanically perfect. You usually don’t get to have both qualities, but Joe did. I’m humbled and honored to have called him my buddy and my heart breaks for his wife Tara, his beautiful kids, and big extended family as well. “One take Joe” came on in here and made us all feel special for awhile…now, he’s leading the choir of heavenly honky tonk angels! He made one hell of a mark…. – Heidi Newfield

“I had the great honor of writing and producing a track for Joe Diffie, a song Milton Brown and I wrote for a movie entitled Mi Amigo. Joe had the purest and beautiful voice. So thankful I had the chance to work with him.” – Steve Dorff

“Shocked and heartbroken to hear of old friend Joe Diffie’s death from COVID-19. Prayers for his family.” – Exile (Sonny LeMaire, JP Pennington, Marlon Hargis, Les Taylor and Steve Goetzman)

“Joe was a good one. We played a lot of the same radio shows together and charity golf tournaments back in the day. I just saw him on the Country Music Cruise last year and enjoyed our time together. Hard to put loss like this into words. Godspeed Joe!” – David Ball

“Joe Diffie was one of my first concerts in high school. I drove 45 min to see him play in Parsons, Kansas. “It’s Always Something” and “So Help Me Girl” were my favorite songs at the time. In “It’s Always Something”, he says “lunchtime, a new place, waitress says her name. Why does it have to be? Emily!” I had a huge crush on a girl named Emily at the time so the song was very fitting and I would cruise what we called the oval in my small town, blasting Joe Diffie. Thank you for your music Joe, Country Music won’t be the same.” – Kyndon Oakes, Lockelend

“Prop Me Up Beside The JukeBox” & “Pick Up Man”, we’re two of the biggest songs I remember from my childhood.  I hear those tunes and it takes me right back to my hometown. Thanks for the music Joe.” – Mark Vikingstad, Lockeland

“Thank you Joe for the beautiful legacy of stories, laughs, tears and memories. Your music was real, and so are all the lives you have touched over the years. Deepest thoughts, prayers and condolences to Joe’s family, friends and bandmates.” – Michael Boris, Lockeland

“Our hearts are heavy today as we say goodbye to a musical legend and friend, Joe Diffie. We had the privilege of getting to know Joe over the last couple years and got to jam on some tunes with him on the 2019 Country Music Cruise. He always had a smile and a song ready to belt out and man could he bring it! Thank you for touching the hearts and lives of everyone around the world with your love and music, Joe. Country Music certainly lost a treasure.” – Darin and Brooke Aldridge

“I am so saddened to be reading the news of my friend Joe Diffie’s death. His family is in my prayers.  I can’t imagine the sadness and shock they must feel. I told someone a little while ago that this loss is a kick in the gut! The virus may seem like a mystery and even far away to most of us, BUT to Joe’s family it is a very real thief that has stolen their husband and father and brother or sister. This brings it too close to our circle.” – Linda Davis

“Joe Diffie’s music IS 90’s Country. His presence in the music business was iconic, his voice and look were instantly recognizable, and his songs were the soundtrack of so many lives… especially ours.” – Joe and Martina

A couple years ago some friends and I went on a writing retreat and one night at dinner we were talking about songs we wish we had written. Without hesitation, I yelled out “John Deere Green”. Yes, it’s one of my favorites for the songwriting but also for the voice that sang it. It would’ve been a dream come true to have that voice on one of my songs. Joe Diffie was born to sing country music and, in my opinion, will continue to be one of the greatest country vocalists of all time. The world lost an amazing person and artist today.. This song was so hard for me to get through, but I wanted to sing it in memory of him. Thank you for the songs and for sharing your voice with us, Joe Diffie, fly high. – Dallas Remington

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