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Diamond Hitch

by Diamond Hitch

Finally, the long awaited and anticipated debut album of Diamond Hitch is here!! With everything from rocking country songs to the best country ballads, you are sure to enjoy this CD from start to finish.
Genre: Country: Country Rock
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1. Burnet County Jail
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2. Country Proud
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3. Fame
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4. That's Who I Come From
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5. Can't Outrun Her
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6. Stay Close to Me
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7. Nashville Nights
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8. Heaven and Hell
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9. Sixteen
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10. Unbuckle the Bible Belt
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Diamond Hitch mixes classic country and country rock to form their unique sound. Made up of cowboys and country boys, the band has been living and working the “blue collar” life by day and as “honky-tonk heroes” by night.

Derrick and Travis Kuppens come from Mammoth Lakes, CA and have always enjoyed playing music. Playing in bands and church throughout high school, the twins learned what it was to be on stage and how to do it, but it wasn’t until college that they began songwriting and found their love for country. Though, they wouldn’t get the “Diamond Hitch” sound they wanted until Rex Hayes joined the band.

Rex was raised in Minnesota on his family’s ranch. Growing up in the country, he learned to ride rodeo and that “ride” eventually led him to San Luis Obispo, California, where he met Travis and Derrick and found his natural talent for the bass guitar. Diamond Hitch was formed. They played bars, clubs, and fairs throughout California, performing country hits and their original music. Still, Diamond Hitch wanted more, so they packed up everything and moved to Nashville, TN. This is where Diamond Hitch added a whole new side to its sound and songs with the addition of Preston Taylor and Jacob Boyd.

Preston hails from Tomball, Texas, where he played in an alternative rock band, sang in choirs, and played guitar. After moving to Nashville, he put an ad on Craigslist and Diamond Hitch found him. He fit perfectly! Diamond Hitch was getting even closer to the sound it was looking for, but something was still missing. This is where Jacob Boyd comes in.

Hailing from Brenham, Texas, he grew up playing guitar and writing songs. He played with a few country bands, but moved to Nashville to find more opportunity with country music. One night, the band saw Jacob playing a songwriter showcase and knew he was the last piece of the puzzle! Once Jacob joined the band, Diamond Hitch, as we know it now, was born!

Now, Diamond Hitch is working hard to bring their music to their fans! Always striving to write great songs and play great shows, the band has played all over Nashville and the surrounding area and has their self-titled album available for everyone to enjoy their music whenever their fans want. Thanks for supporting Diamond Hitch and keep a lookout for the next time they are playing in your area!


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Matthew Warnock

Review You (1/8/2012)
One of the most enduring things about Country music is that it speaks across state lines, appeals to performers and listeners of different backgrounds, but can remain true to its roots at the same time. Coming from California, Minnesota and Texas, the guys in Diamond Hitch came together over their shared love of Country music to form a band that is ready to make its mark on the country music scene with the release of their self-titled album Diamond Hitch. The record is a mixture of soft-country ballads and heel-tapping up-tempo tracks, all connected with the band’s drive to write and perform songs of the highest caliber.

Tracks such as “Stay Close” are representative of what makes a great modern Country song. There is enough twang in the vocals to remind everyone that it is a Country track, but the guitar tone, harmonic progression and lead fills would sound good in any pop, rock or other radio-friendly genre, giving the track a universal appeal that reaches out to a diverse audience of listeners. The same can be said for “Can’t Outrun Her,” where the intro guitar part is almost an alternative rock vibe, think Matchbox 20 in their prime, but when the vocals kick in the Country influence becomes apparent. By allowing other influences into their writing and performing, Diamond Hitch stays true to their Country roots, while adding a unique perspective to the classic tone, chords and melody lines of the genre.

On other tracks, such as “Bible Belt,” the band channels a harder, Southern Rock vibe that kicks things into fifth gear and doesn’t let up until the last note fades. The two-feel in the song’s groove is one of the tightest on the record, and it’s one that will get crowds off their chairs and onto the dance floor. “Burnet County Jail” is another track that’s along these lines, digging deep into the rock-country influence as the band showcases their ability to rock and roll. The tracks are more rockin’ than others on the album, but they’re not heavy enough to lose the audience. There’s enough pop sensibility in these songs to keep people hooked in, not overwhelming them with too heavy a groove.

One of the biggest highlights on the record is the anthemic “Country Proud.” Here, the band plays a tribute to the musical genre that brought them all together in an energetic and engaging track. Sometimes songs such as this can be a bit cheesy, but that is not the case with “Country Proud.” Instead, the song sounds like a legit tribute to the band’s country roots, something that they are both influenced by and proud of. Fans of the country genre will gravitate towards this track and it could just be the biggest attention grabber on the record as far as radio play is concerned. Alongside the well-written lyrics is a guitar riff and solo that are first rate, as well as a march-like drum groove that propels the song forward as the lyrics take over.

Diamond Hitch is a solid release for these down-home country boys. There is enough twang in there to satisfy fans of country music, while the band injects just enough rock and pop to keeps things interesting. Reaching out to a wider audience without spreading one’s music too thin is a tough line to walk, but these guys walk that line perfectly. With such a strong release it will be interesting to see these talented musicians move into the next step in their careers as performers and songwriters.


Reviewed by Matthew Warnock
Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)

Annie Reuter

Review You (1/8/2012)
Songs of moonshine, country living and the honky-tonk lifestyle abound on Diamond Hitch’s breakout self-titled release. With 10 standout tracks that recall artists like Jason Aldean and Justin Moore, the country act proves they are a band to watch.
Diamond Hitch begins with foot-stomping rhythms on “Burnet County Jail.” Impressive guitar riffs follow suit before deep vocals enter. With a driving beat and descriptive lyrics, the listener is transported into a Southern bar and soon realizes “beer and whiskey makes for one hell of a time.” As the song continues and the story develops, we learn just how good of a time the band had when officers pull up. Authentic country flavor embodies this track with vocals that bring to mind rising country star Justin Moore.
The title of next track, “Country Proud,” explains it all. With more twang than the previous song, Diamond Hitch raves about being “redneck born and country proud.” Rollicking drum and guitar interludes coupled with descriptive lyrics that exemplify the band’s patriotic tendencies further flush-out the track.
Standout number, “Fame” introduces Jason Aldean-esque vocals with slow paced singing and spot-on electric guitar riffs. Poignant lyrics about chasing dreams are relatable while soaring electric guitar features alongside a steady singing style strike a chord.
“That’s Who I Come From” quickens the pace with edgy guitar parts and equally enticing harmonies. Easy to envision in an arena setting, Diamond Hitch’s Southern rock influence mixed with traditional country is showcased best on this track.
What’s a country album without lamenting about a former love? “Can’t Outrun Her” is just this. “I can’t even look in the mirror without feeling like she’s right there,” Diamond Hitch sings with passion. Wavering guitar parts and steady percussion only add to the apparent hurt and heartbreak.
“Stay Close to Me” follows suit with a slow musical introduction before emotive vocals enter. The perfect wedding song, “Stay Close to Me” follows a couple’s existence as the man lovingly expresses his gratefulness for the girl in his life. A beautiful, heartfelt ballad, the track strikes a chord.
Sure to be a favorite in honky tonks everywhere, “Nashville Nights” exudes a fun evening out on the town. “I like my country days, but I love my Nashville nights,” the band sings passionately. With a steady drum beat and impeccable guitar riffs, Diamond Hitch demonstrate their ability to switch from a more serious ballad to a honky-tonk anthem effortlessly.
“Heaven and Hell” follows suit with reflective and confessional lyrics while “Sixteen” continues the slow pace with emotive vocals. Reminiscing of the past, it’s a story of first love many can relate to. Though the song’s premise has been written about before, Diamond Hitch’s tale of a big city girl and small town boy is an original. Making it their own, the band adequately gets the feeling across in each word sung.
Last track, “Unbuckle the Bible Belt” has a striking resemblance to the heavy rock country vibe of Jason Aldean. It comes as no surprise then, that Aldean wrote the song along with Don Pfrimmer and Philip A. Douglas. With driving guitar riffs, powerful percussion beats and catchy lyrics, it’s a fitting end to a standout release.

Review by Annie Reuter
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)