Out Today: Hixtape Vol 3: DiffTape

Evolving for its third installation of iconic country collaborations with a new artist at its helm, HIXTAPE: Vol. 3: DIFFTAPE will release this Friday, March 29, a tribute to GRAMMY and CMA Award-winning country legend, Joe Diffie.


Released in conjunction with the Diffie estate on the fourth anniversary of his passing, the album features never-before-heard recordings of Joe captured in 2006, and one previously unreleased original (“Life Had Plans For Me”) featuring his son, Parker.

“It is both an honor and a humbling experience to have been asked to participate in this extraordinary project,” Parker shares. “As someone who had the profound privilege of performing alongside my father, it fills my heart with immense joy to witness his enduring legacy continued with the same passion and fervor that he embodied. The release of HIXTAPE: Vol. 3: DIFFTAPE is an opportunity to not only celebrate the past but also to embrace the future with reverence and enthusiasm.”

HIXTAPE: Vol. 3: DIFFTAPE Track List

  1. “John Deere Green (Joe Diffie, Morgan Wallen & HARDY)”
  2. “Pickup Man (Joe Diffie, Post Malone)”
  3. “Ships That Don’t Come In (Joe Diffie, Toby Keith & Luke Combs)”
  4. “Third Rock From The Sun (Joe Diffie, Blake Shelton, HARDY & Brooks & Dunn)”
  5. “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die) (Joe Diffie, Tracy Lawrence, Lainey Wilson & The Difftones)”
  6. “Bigger Than The Beatles (Joe Diffie, Jon Pardi & Old Dominion)”
  7. “Honky Tonk Attitude (Joe Diffie, Luke Bryan & Randy Houser)”
  8. “Is It Cold In Here (Joe Diffie, Reba McEntire & Jake Worthington)”
  9. “Texas Size Heartache (Joe Diffie, Clint Black & Larry Fleet)”
  10. “Home (Joe Diffie, Darius Rucker & Hailey Whitters)”
  11. “C-O-U-N-T-R-Y (Joe Diffie, Aaron Tippin & ERNEST)”
  12. “So Help Me Girl (Joe Diffie, Mark Wills & Nate Smith)”
  13. “New Way (To Light Up An Old Flame) (Joe Diffie, Randall King & Sammy Kershaw)”
  14. “If The Devil Danced In Empty Pockets (Joe Diffie, Jack Ingram & Koe Wetzel)”
  15. “A Night To Remember (Joe Diffie, Lauren Watkins & Kameron Marlowe)”
  16. “In Another World (Joe Diffie, Chris Young)”
  17. “Life Had Plans For Me (Joe Diffie, HARDY & Parker Diffie)”

Produced by Joey Moi.

Lyrics available here


Both a lifestyle brand and a countrified mixtape, HIXTAPE was pioneered by Big Loud Records’ heavy hitter HARDY – “the musical papa to the HIXTAPE series” (American Songwriter). In its third installment, HIXTAPE is back as HIXTAPE: Vol. 3:DIFFTAPE, a celebration of the legacy and beloved catalog of GRAMMY and CMA Award-winning country icon Joe Diffie. Following HIXTAPE: Vol. 1 (2019)which included Diffie on “Redneck Tendencies (HARDY feat. Trace Adkins & Joe Diffie),” and 2021’s HIXTAPE: Vol. 2, the project brings together a new cast of characters collaborating on renditions of Diffie’s beloved classics. Hitmaking trio Morgan Wallen, HARDY, and Post Malone lead the charge with the first two offerings: “John Deere Green (HIXTAPE, Joe Diffie, Morgan Wallen & HARDY)” released on its 30th anniversary, and the 1994 No. 1 “Pickup Man (HIXTAPE, Joe Diffie & Post Malone).” Produced by Joey Moi, the tributary project is due out via Big Loud Records in conjunction with the Diffie estate on March 29, 2024, the fourth anniversary of Joe Diffie’s passing.



About Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena

Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena is a freelance writer for both Country Music News and Country Music On Tour. Want to collab on some content? Email me. Want my rates for commercial promo work outside of music? Get them right here.

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