Let’s take a trip to Nashville

Denny Diamond and Starlight Tours in Nashville, Tn.
Denny Diamond and Starlight Tours in Nashville, Tn.

We had so much fun on our bus trip to Island Casino in Michigan that we’re taking a bus trip to Nashville, TN. Here’s are the details.

Meals three full breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners!

Depart from Streamwood or Elk Grove Village 
Arrive Nashville Gaylord Opryland Resort   5:00 p.m.
Dinner at Gaylord Opryland Resort     6:30 p.m.

Day 2 – 9/27/19
Breakfast  6:30 am – 8:30 am
RCA Studio B       9:00 a.m.
Country Music Hall of Fame   10:30 a.m.
Wildhorse Saloon  BBQ buffet lunch line-dancing lessons 12:30 p.m.
Ryman Auditorium 2:00p.m.
Johnny Cash Museum   3:30 p.m.
Return to hotel  5:00p.m.
Boarding begins for the General Jackson Showboat 6:15 p.m.
General Jackson Showboat two hour dinner cruise with live entertainment  7:00 p.m.


Day 3 – 9/28/19
Breakfast 6;30 am – 8:30 am
Depart for Lynchburg  9:00 a.m.Arrive Lynchburg lunch Miss Mary Bobo Boarding House   11:00a.m.
Tour Jack Daniel Distillery   12:45 – 12:55 p.m.
Return to Nashville    2:30 p.m.
Santa Fe Cattle Company  Dinner     5:00 p.m.
Grand Ole Opry      7:00p.m.

Day 4 – 9/29/19
Breakfast  6:30 am – 8:30 am
Depart for Home

$1507.00 per person for double
$1987.00 private

Call Char at 262.853.0484 or email: makeamemory1567@gmail.com
mention my name and get a good seat. 🙂

An intimate evening at Rockford listening Room 3/1/2019

Denny Diamond Svehla at Just Goods

How did he come up with Sweet Caroline? Who is Cracklin’ Rosie? Why can you sing Song Sung Blue with a cry in your voice? Join Denny “Diamond” Svehla as he performs some of Neil Diamond’s greatest hits along with those not as well known and tells the stories of what inspired him to write these and so many other songs.

Rockford Listening Room
201 7th St
Rockford, Illinois 61104

An intimate evening at Stage Left

How did he come up with Sweet Caroline? Who is Cracklin’ Rosie? Why can you sing Song Sung Blue with a cry in your voice? Join Denny “Diamond” Svehla as he performs some of Neil Diamond’s greatest hits along with those not as well known and tells the stories of what inspired him to write these and so many other songs.

Stage Left
Purchase Tickets
125 W Van Buren
Woodstock, Illinois 60098

May 4, 2019 – Opera House of Sandwich

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Denny Diamond and The Jewels at the Sandwich opera house
Denny Diamond and The Jewels at the Sandwich opera house

Trina-Diamond acoustic holidays shows

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Denny Diamond and Trinadora
Trina-Diamond Acoustic Holiday’s

Join Jannie, Ron (Trinadora), Denny, Lucas, Spenser (Denny Diamond) as they perform holiday tunes to warm your heart, make you smile, tap your toes and sing a-long too.

Two performances December 16th at Spring Creek church and December 23rd at the Belvidere Moose Lodge.

New Years Eve ‘2018’

Denny Diamond New Years Eve at White Fence Farm
Denny Diamond New Years Eve at White Fence Farm
Denny Diamond Early NYE ‘2018’ at White Fence Farm

Winners are not necessarily the winners

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I have been asked on several occasions why we don’t try out for one of those talent shows and here is why…

I don’t watch shows like “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent” because I really don’t think they hold any value.  There have been a couple of folks who have shown longevity,  but only 3 that I can think of.  Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.  I could be wrong but those 3 ladies are the ones who stand out as really successful.  And if you don’t know it all the contestants who reach a certain level in the competition sign their rights away. So if you thought they were good and you never heard from them it’s because of that.  They sign agreements that can actually stop them from performing and recording.

Another reason is some of the shows just bring in goof ball talent.  They show you acts that you know are just there to keep some people interested and give a chance to the goof balls that, in my opinion, are just there for the ratings. They are not acts at all.  Put them on, “The Gong Show”.  That’s what it’s for.

But the main reason I ignore these shows is that the boys and I were contacted by one of those shows and asked to come and audition in ‘2009’.  During the economic downturn, we were contacted by a producer and told that because of the way the economy was going they wanted to show wholesome family acts.  They wanted America to see that good things can happen to anyone.  I really saw what the show was about when they brought us into the audition.  Bunches of cameras, I thought we were in, but what happened shocked us and I’m sure that’s what they wanted.  We stood there with our instruments in hand and poised to play with cameras rolling.  Then the woman behind the large computer screen calmly announced, “thanks for coming, we don’t need you”.  She never looked up and we never saw her face but she saw ours.  We looked at each other in total dismay.  And that’s what they wanted.  Our look.  Now I told you they asked us, and they did.  They gave us a time to be there and everything.  But they made us wait 4 hours anyway.  We were set up just for that look.  You know the one.  You see it on these shows all the time.  The quick look of, “I can’t believe it”, that they flash by after someone gets turned down or berated in some way.

Well the winner in ‘2010’ was, in my opinion, less talented and somehow won over an amazing woman with an amazing voice.  As a matter of fact she’s still touring.  While the “winner”, although Wikipedia says he’s still active, I cannot find anything on him but an old release from back in ‘2013’ .

So many people want to get on these shows thinking it’s going to help and it’s not.  I think, in some ways, the people who don’t get that far in the competition and don’t get stuck in those agreements are better off.  I have seen many people advertise, “as seen on America’s Got Talent” or “contestant on American Idol”, and they’re working more than the so called “winners”.

Not just a “tribute”.

I love to sing! I performed in musical productions back in high school and college. I was in college majoring in voice with a minor in business when the computer boom hit and I was offered full time work in Information Technology. I eventually worked with a wedding band named, “Night Moods”. The band was pretty successful and has quite a story of it’s own.

But in ‘1999’ I auditioned and was brought on a Dick Clark produced talent show that showcased people who they thought sounded like a famous performer (in my case Neil Diamond) but did not resemble the artist. They thought I looked like Tim (the tool man) Allen. On the show the regular folk would walk into a cloud of smoke and instantly re-appear as the artist they were portraying. That changed everything for me.

Immediately after the show I began to receive phone calls asking to perform Neil Diamond songs to open for other tribute artists. I found myself opening for “Elvis” tributes and “Frank Sinatra” tributes. But I was never like these other tributes. I didn’t look like Neil Diamond, I didn’t act like Neil Diamond and I never wanted to be Neil Diamond. I may have a vocal quality similar to him, but I never considered impersonating anyone. So I would go on stage and perform the songs but I would joke and tell personal stories making the songs my own. They became part of my show and not a replication of something done by Neil Diamond in the past. Slowly I began to move up in rankings and suddenly I was doing my own performances when Sean Kelly, a musician performing with the group “Sixpence None The Richer”, from Nashville spotted me and changed everything again.

Sean brought me to Nashville to perform, eventually creating an amazing band that would come to be known as “The Longfellows”. We performed to sold out crowds for several years performing at Grimey’s and then moving to The Mercy Lounge. Like most Nashville performers the guys in the band wanted to write and perform their own pieces and I am proud to say, they did. But that left me without a band which changed things again.

My son’s Lucas and Spenser were learning to play instruments and this would eventually lead to them becoming, “The Jewels”. Our family trio performing a Neil Diamond tribute. The performance was described as the Smothers brothers meet the Jonas brothers and their dad. Lot’s of family humor, stories of us on and off the stage and of course the music of Neil Diamond. But the boys added another dimension. With them we would do what we called, “The Six Degrees of Neil Diamond”. If we could find another artist that we could attach Neil Diamond to, we would perform a song or two from the artist. So Johnny Cash, Ricky Nelson, The Everly Brothers and Glen Campbell were added to the show. We had found a niche with this family show and in 2015/2016 the trio performed in 89 cities in 6 months. But that brought changes too.

The boys decided that maybe this life on the road might be too much. That perhaps they’d like to have lives of their own, girl friends, family… you know what I’m getting at. So I’m back to a solo performance with occasional shows performing with the boys. Watch and see as I move forward now including my first love…broadway. Stay tuned, there is another change coming.