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Diamond Rio plays Caverns
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Marty Roe, left, and Dana Williams rock out with drummer Brian Prout Saturday as Diamond Rio played Cumberland Caverns Live. - photo by Nikki Childers

Cumberland Caverns’ Volcano Room was a full house on Saturday afternoon as Diamond Rio got on stage.

The multi-award-winning 1980s country band is best known for its chart-topping hits such as “Norma Jean Riley,” “Beautiful Mess” and “Meet in the Middle.”

Saturday’s show is one of the first concerts to light up the stage since COVID temporarily halted operations. Cumberland Caverns general manager Nicole Ridlen couldn’t be more pleased with music returning to the caves.

“It seems like everyone had a really good time. We heard great things from all attendees,” said Ridlen. “It’s definitely exciting to have concerts at the cave again. They’re a fun and unique way to experience Cumberland Caverns.”

Two years had passed since Diamond Rio was able to perform, but the band was amped up and ready to go, captivating the crowd with its opening song “Unbelievable.” Those in attendance cheered and shouted support.

Ridlen expressed optimism the rest of the year’s lineup of talented acts will get to take place. 

“We have a pretty good lineup. We tried to get a little something for everyone,” said Ridlen. “Each concert, we’re approaching them with a different look, trying to stay up-to-date with everything and see how this season goes.”

Ridlen invites the public to come enjoy good music at a truly unique venue. Paul Thorn and Reckless Kelly will be the next bands to take the stage at Cumberland Caverns on Saturday, Sept. 25. Tickets are available on Eventbrite or by visiting the Cumberland Caverns website.