Monthly Archives: September 2014

Bob DiPiero Excerpt from “Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music’s Greatest Hits”- ‘American Made’

Nashville Songwriter CoverBob DiPiero is featured in Jake Brown’s latest book, “Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music’s Greatest Hits.”  In support of the book’s release, released an exclusive excerpt of Bob DiPiero discussing the story behind his song “American Made,” which was recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys:

“This was during the recording of her first album, back when nobody knew who Reba was yet. I had written this song by myself, called ‘I Can See Forever in Your Eyes,’ and had started working at this publishing company called Combine Music, which is now part of EMI, and Reba heard the song and wanted to record it. And at first, I thought, “Boy, this is going to be easy,” until a few more years went by before I got another cut [laughs], which happened to be ‘American Made’ by the Oak Ridge Boys.

Those first two cuts kind of tie together, in that at the time that I wrote ‘Forever in Your Eyes,’ I was making my living teaching guitar at a guitar store, like half-hour lessons to kids after school, or whoever wanted to learn. That was how I was paying the bills at the time, and I remember being in that little cubicle that I taught in, just kind of playing through some chord changes that I really liked, and those chord changes just kind of led me to this melody, which in turn just kind of led me to the title.

So the song [‘I Can See Forever in Your Eyes’] went on to be a Top 20 record, I think it went to [No.] 18, and for me, it generated a lot of money, because I had never seen anything beyond a three-figure check or four-figure check max, so all of a sudden, I got this royalty check, and it was the biggest I’d ever seen, so I just went out and spent it all, which is how ‘American Made’ sort of came about. Because I bought a Sony color TV, I bought a Nikon camera, a video game, and then realized I hadn’t paid my taxes, so [I] thought, “I need to write another song.”

I guess my process then [was] pretty much the same process [as it is] now, which is: I was and always have tried to be open to any kind of musical stimulus, whether it’s a chord change, a guitar riff, a title, or whether it’s just a concept — an idea for writing the song. There’s no one way for me, there are many different ways, and I think that’s part of why I’ve had this long career, is I’m just always open to picking up whatever’s out there. It’s kind of like what Keith Richards said in his autobiography, that sometimes you just feel like an antenna, and you’re just trying to dial in that thing that’s kind of floating out there. And sometimes it’s just cold-blooded — we need to write a song, so let’s write a song. But it’s always different, is, I guess, the final answer, but ‘American Made’ was one of those that was kind of born out of necessity.”

Read the full article HERE

And order your copy of the book HERE!



Tim McGraw Releases “Still On The Line”


Tim McGraw’s “Sundown Heaven Town” album is NOW AVAILABLE featuring the Bob DiPiero song “Still On The Line” (written by Bob DiPiero, Steven McMorran and Jon Nite)!

Hear the song and get your copy HERE!

Montgomery Gentry and Karyn Rochelle release Bob DiPiero songs


Montgomery Gentry’s latest single, “Headlights,” (written by Bob DiPiero, Wendell Mobley & Tony Martin) is NOW AVAILABLE for purchase on iTunes.  CLICK HERE to get your copy!

Karyn Rochelle

Karyn Rochelle (who is currently on tour with Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood) also released 2 Bob DiPiero songs on her self-titled album:  “Help Me Mama” and “I Wish He’d Been Drinking Whiskey.” Hear the songs and get your copies HERE!