(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that's happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)
Joe Diffie is a smart, smart man. He has a brand new
song -- "Girl Riding Shotgun" -- and in his savvy effort
to launch the video, he enlisted some fellow country singers to kind of sing him back into the fame of his heyday. With the
help of the hit Jason Aldean song "1994,"
a new generation became aware of Diffie's vast discography. Diffie even tweeted Aldean a link to the star-studded video when
it premiered. "Hey @Jason_Aldean -- What do you think of my response to 1994? Are you a fan of #GirlRidinShotgun," he wrote.
Then later, "Humbled that so many stars had a part in my new video! Thx @KeithUrban @blakeshelton @ThomasRhett #GirlRidinShotgun."
Stars like Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Tim
McGraw, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Thomas Rhett all appear on Diffie's iPhone screen in the beginning of the video, singing
along with Aldean's tune, asking the real Joe Diffie to please stand up.