“Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio” written by Diamond Rio with Tom Roland is an account of the life of the country singing group Diamond Rio and also an account of each of the individual lives making up this group. This is a nice hardcover book published by NelsonFree that includes pictures of the group, lists the awards and honors they have received and also lists their top twenty songs (25 of Diamond Rio’s songs have been a top 20 hit!).
The book begins with an incident that took place during a 4th of July celebration. Diamond Rio was performing a concert and they were not sounding “right” to the listeners. It really was a “beautiful mess” taking place this day. Performing in Nashville several friends and families of the group were present and up until this point, the group was able to keep secrets amongst their members. The book pulls the reader into the book in this first section. After the group is discussed as a whole, there is a chapter devoted to each of the group members, Marty, Dan, Jimmy, Brian, Gene and Dana.
Any Diamond Rio fan, country music fan or anyone who enjoys reading biographies/autobiographies and person accounts will enjoy this book. It is written in a personal and easy style that pulls the reader in and leaves you will a good feeling at the end.