Yakov Smirnoff announced today that country-music star Joe Diffie will perform shows at Yakov’s Theatre in Branson, Missouri. Yakov said, “I’ve been looking for a great show to have at my theater at 8pm and when I heard that Joe might be interested in performing in Branson it felt like a good fit. When I came to Branson, Joe Diffie’s third album was going platinum. On Honky Tonk Attitude Joe was singing “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox” and “John Deere Green”. I was learning how to say ya’ll and singing From Red To Redneck. Now Joe can help me learn just what it is that women love about a Pickup Man! What A Country!”

Joe Diffie said, “I started thinking about spending more time with my family so having a show in Branson really made a lot of sense. I can do what I love – perform my music in front of some of the best audiences you’ll ever find — and be with the ones I love. I’m excited about being in Branson because ‘Only in America’ can I have the same opportunities as Yakov. I’ll still be doing the Rockin’ Roadhouse Tour with Aaron Tippin and Mark Chestnut until I start shows in September at Yakov’s Theatre.” Joe Diffie’s Branson Show premières on Saturday, September 6, 2008. Shows will be Tuesday through Sunday at 8:00 PM. The show will feature Joe Diffie, various friends and family members, and comedian Paul Harris.

Career highlights for Joe Diffie include 12 #1 Hits, over 20 top 10 hits, two platinum albums, 2 gold albums, a CMA with George Jones, a Grammy, and the Humanitarian Award. Joe’s song “Home” was the first debut country music single to go to #1 and the first country music single to top the charts of all major-music business magazines simultaneously. His lists of hits includes “If You Want Me To”, “If The Devil Danced In Empty Pockets”, “New Way To Light Up An Old Flame”, “Third Rock From The Sun”, “Ships That Don’t Come In”, “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox”, “Bigger Than The Beatles”, “Pickup Man”, “John Deere Green”, “Tougher Than Nails”, and more. He has recorded hits with Mary Chapin-Carpenter such as “Not To Much To Ask” and received a CMA for Vocal Event of the Year with George Jones on “I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair”. As a song writer Joe Diffie’s most recent hit, “My Give A Damn’s Busted,” was recorded by Jo Dee Messina. He has also written songs for Tim McGraw, Holly Dunn, Doug Stone, Tracy Lawrence, and others.