Hardy‘s third installment of his countrified mixtape, Hixtape Vol. 3: Difftape, will pay tribute to country legend Joe Diffie. The collection features iconic collaborations and will be unveiled fully on March 29.
Fans got a taste of project at the 57th CMA Awards last night (Nov. 8) when Hardy, Morgan Wallen and Post Malone performed the Hixtape renditions of “John Deere Green” and “Pickup Man.” Both tracks are out now as a part of the Hixtape Vol. 3: Difftape (Small Batch), just in time for the 30th anniversary of “John Deere Green.”
This new iteration of Hixtape utilizes 2006 master recordings of Diffie’s greatest hits in tandem with all new recordings from some of country music’s biggest names and more.
“The Diffie Estate is thrilled to partner with Big Loud and Hardy in preserving and revitalizing Joe Diffie’s musical legacy,” says a spokesperson for Diffie’s estate. “With their shared excitement and passion, this collaboration promises to carry on the incredible journey of a true legend.”
“I’m super excited about Difftape. I think it’s a one-of-a-kind project and we’re the first people to do something like this,” Hardy shares. “Especially having the original recordings and the fact that we have his family’s blessing to do it, it’s all really special. Joe epitomized the ’90s country voice–he was so good about hearing and cutting hits, recording amazing songs,” he continues. “On a personal level, I only got to meet Joe once, but he was extremely nice to me, and this was in my first year of being an artist when I was an absolute nobody. He was so, so kind to me and that memory I have of him is truly special to me, too.”
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