Koe Wetzel And Jack Ingram Pay Tribute To Joe Diffie On “If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)”

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A very Texas duo.

Koe Wetzel and Jack Ingram teamed up for the Joe Diffie classic “If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” which is part of the third installment of HARDY’s popular HIXTAPE series that’s out today, HIXTAPE Vol. 3: DIFFTAPE.

And while there are over 30 incredible artists featured on the project, of course the standout is “Ships That Don’t Come In,” which features the late Toby Keith as well as Luke Combs. Diffie’s son, Parker, also sang an unreleased song penned by his father called “Life Had Plans For Me” that is quite beautiful and poignant.

Hardy says that it’s been an “honor” to put this together and celebrate the legacy of Joe Diffie, who passed away after a battle with COVID on March 29th, 2020:

“I’m honored that we get to be a small part of the legacy of Joe Diffie with DIFFTAPE. The thing I’ve always admired about Joe’s catalog is the quality of the songs.

He had an unbelievable ear for hits, and I love that we got this cast together to celebrate them.”

And in terms of the pretty cool pairing of Koe and Jack, they did a great job with the aforementioned “If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” which was written by Ken Spooner and Kim Williams.

The song was released in April of 1991 as the third single from his debut album A Thousand Winding Roads, and it peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart (now the Hot Country Songs chart).

It certainly shows off Koe’s twangier side, and is another great tribute to the late, great Joe Diffie. Check it out:

“Life Had Plans For Me”

“Ships That Don’t Come In”

I honestly think Post Malone’s cover of “Pickup Man” is still my favorite…

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock