That realization is reflected in [Joe Diffie]'s recently released eighth studio CD, "In Another World" (Monument), which continues to emphasize a serious side with songs such as "If I Lost Her," a deeply romantic ballad about lifelong devotion, and "The Grandpa That I Know," a touching song of remembrance, but also his familiar humor. That side is especially prominent on the biting "My Give A Damn's Busted," in which Diffie adapts a couldn't-care-less attitude toward a romantic breakup to great comic effect.
Of course, one way to overcome a shortage of quality material from Nashville's Music Row is for artists to write more of their own tunes. And in the past, Diffie has done more songwriting than many of his peers. On "A Night To Remember," for instance, he co-wrote four of the 10 tracks. But on "In Another World," Diffie contributed to just one song -- "My Give A Damn's Busted."
Diffie also had other matters on his mind over the past couple of years. For one thing, he married Theresa Crump, a former secretary that he met at a charity concert in Orlando, Fla. (It is the third marriage for Diffie, who has four children from his previous marriages.)