Remember When Jason Aldean Paid Tribute To Joe Diffie In ‘1994’?

In 2013, Jason Aldean made the ’90s cool again with the release of a song called “1994” that paid tribute…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 29, 2020


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In 2013, Jason Aldean made the ’90s cool again with the release of a song called “1994” that paid tribute to the great Joe Diffie.

Written by Thomas Rhett, Luke Laird and Barry Dean, the song name-dropped Diffie and referenced several of his songs throughout the lyrics.

“1994, Joe Diffie comin’ out my radio/ I’m just a country boy with a farmer’s tan/ So help me girl I’ll be your Pick-Up Man/ How ’bout a night to remember and a fifth of Goose/ ‘Bout to bust out my honky-tonk attitude/ A little feel good you ain’t never felt before/ I’m talkin’ 1994,” Aldean sang in the chorus.

Upon the release of “1994,” Diffie admitted he was a bit taken back when he first heard “1994.”

“When I heard it, I was stunned,” Diffie shred with CMT. “I was like. ’You gotta be kidding me.’ It’s pretty flattering they went that far with it. It’s one thing to hear a song title or your name mentioned, but when it started into the ’Joe. Joe. Joe Diffie’ part, that’s cool right there.”

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Like many modern-day country artists, Jason Aldean looked up to Joe Diffie as an artist and songwriter. Naturally, Aldean was one of the first country stars to pay tribute to Diffie on social media following his death on Sunday (March 29.)

“Man what a week Kenny Rogers and now @officialjoediffie,” the superstar wrote. “This guy was an amazing singer and an even greater person. Such a sad week for the country music world. Joe was always so much fun to be around and I will never forget our Panama City show with @tylerfarr and @therealtracylawrence ?…We will miss u my friend. Thanks for teaching us how to “Diffie”. #1994 ✌?”

Joe Diffie passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2020 due to complications of the novel coronavirus. He was 61 years old. Diffie is survived by his wife and five children.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.