Chris Young Pays Tribute to Joe Diffie with ‘Pickup Man’ on ‘ACM Presents: Our Country’ Pre-Show

Chris Young paid tribute to the late Joe Diffie with a performance of “Pickup Man” during the ACM Presents: Our…


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April 5, 2020


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Chris Young; Photo Courtesy of CBS/ACM Presents: Our Country

Chris Young paid tribute to the late Joe Diffie with a performance of “Pickup Man” during the ACM Presents: Our Country Pre-Show on Sunday (April 5).

Performing the song from what appeared to be his kitchen, Young played an acoustic version of Diffie’s iconic hit, “Pickup Man.”

“Gonna miss you Joe,” Young told the thousands of viewers tuned in as he ended his tribute performance.

Ahead of tonight’s performance, Young shared that he was “honored to honor Joe Diffie” via his Instagram.

“‪I used to drive back and forth from Texas to TN listening to nothing but @officialjoediffie songs… I was lucky to get to know him… #RIP,” Young shared on Instagram upon learning about the passing of Diffie.

Diffie passed away on Sunday, March 29 due to complications of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He was 61 years old. Diffie greatly impacted the country music community and influenced the careers of many of today’s top country stars, including Young.

ACM Presents: Our Country airs tonight, Sunday (April 5) at 8:00 p.m. ET on the CBS Television Network and on CBS All Access. The two-hour special will include performances from Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Eric Church and many more. The show will also showcase clips of artists’ favorite moments the ACM Awards’ 55-year history.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a self-taught entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.