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Bob CMA Chairman Award


NASHVILLE – A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and longtime host of the popular CMA Songwriters Series, Bob DiPiero’s many contributions to the music industry and songwriting community were recognized today during the CMA Board of Directors meeting in Nashville when DiPiero was presented the CMA Chairman’s Award by CMA Board Chairman Ed Hardy.

“Bob has been a creative force and passionate supporter of songwriters and the CMA Songwriters Series in the U.S. and in Europe – expanding the genre and creating new fans everywhere he goes,” Hardy said. “Bob is highly regarded as a songwriter, but serving with him on the CMA Board, I have a much deeper appreciation for his business acumen, his absolute dedication to the creative process, and his trademark sense of humor.”

“This award is truly a highlight of my ongoing career,” said DiPiero. “To be awarded this by Ed Hardy in front of the CMA Board members humbles me. The dream goes on.”

The Chairman’s Award is given annually at the discretion of the Chairman of the Board. At the presentation, Hardy praised DiPiero’s leadership and tireless efforts on behalf of the format and CMA Songwriters Series, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2014.

One of Nashville’s most consistent and prolific hit writers, DiPiero has penned 15 No. 1 songs including his first in 1983 by the Oak Ridge Boys (“American Made”), to chart-toppers recorded by Tim McGraw (“Southern Voice”), George Strait (“Blue Clear Sky”), and Easton Corbin (“Lovin’ You Is Fun”). An impressive list of artists have cut songs by DiPiero including Billy Ray Cyrus, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Ronnie Milsap, Montgomery Gentry, Reba, Marty Stuart, and Pam Tillis. DiPiero has two CMA Triple Play Awards to his credit (1995, 1996) and is an esteemed member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (inducted 2007). He has been hosting the CMA Songwriters Series since its inception at Joe’s Pub in New York City in 2005.

Throughout the last decade, the CMA Songwriters Series has been exposing fans across the country and the globe to the artisans who, through their craft, pen hits that touch the lives of millions of music fans. Since it began at Joe’s Pub, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented 90 shows in 15 cities, including Austin, Boston, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress.

The series has featured 138 of music’s most gifted storytellers who collectively have 75 CMA Song of the Year nominations.

Some of the artists that have been part of the series include Clint Black, Kix Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Patty Loveless, Milsap, Kip Moore, David Lee Murphy, Gretchen Peters, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, The Band Perry, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, Phil Vassar, and Chris Young.

Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association was the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,400 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; CMA Music Festival, which benefits music education and is taped for a three-hour TV special; and “CMA Country Christmas,” featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics. All of CMA’s television properties will air on the ABC Television network through 2021.

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Bob DiPiero’s Fall 2014 Releases

Fall 2014 has been a season of lots of fun Bob DiPiero Releases:

Drunk Americans
Toby Keith released the Bob DiPiero single “Drunk Americans” (written by Bob DiPiero, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally).  Hear the song HERE!


Montgomery Gentry released the Bob DiPiero single “Headlights” (written by Bob DiPiero, Wendell Mobley and Tony Martin).  Hear the song HERE!

Angaleena Presley released the Bob DiPiero song “Blessing And A Curse” (written by Bob DiPiero & Angaleena Presley) on her “American Middle Class” album.  Hear the song HERE!

Garth Man against machine

AND Garth Brooks released the Bob DiPiero song “Tacoma” (written by Bob DiPiero & Caitlyn Smith) on his “Man Against The Machine” album. CLICK HERE to preview/buy the album!

Many thanks to all of these artists for believing in these Bob DiPiero songs!

Garth Brooks Releases “Tacoma”

Garth Man against machineGarth Brooks has released his latest album, “Man Against The Machine,” which includes the Bob DiPiero song “Tacoma” (written by Bob DiPiero and Caitlin Smith). Hear the preview and get your copy HERE!

Press on “Tacoma:”
Rolling Stone Magazine calls “Tacoma” an ” album highlight.” Read more HERE
CMT says “(Garth) always puts his favorite track at the end of his albums.”  More HERE.
Country Weekly says “its Stax-flavored R&B arrangement gives Garth room to really soar.” Full story HERE.
Trisha Yearwood says Tacoma should be HER song in The Boot: HERE
Newsday says “When Brooks wraps his vocals around the soulful ‘Tacoma,’ it becomes clear what country music has been missing lately and how good it is to have him back” CLICK HERE

THANK YOU GARTH! What an honor!


George Strait and Eric Church perform “Cowboys Like Us” on CMA Awards

George Strait and Eric Church performed a surprise duet of the Bob DiPiero song “Cowboys Like Us” on the 48th CMA Awards on November 5, 2014.

Toby Keith to release “Drunk Americans”

Drunk AmericansCOMING ON OCTOBER 14: Toby Keith’s latest single, “Drunk Americans” (written by Bob DiPiero, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally)!  Read more HERE!

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!

Bob DiPiero To Be Featured in Nashville Songwriter Book

Nashville Songwriter Cover

Bob DiPiero will be featured in Jake Brown’s latest book “Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music’s Greatest Hits,”  which will be released on September 9th at popular online retail outlets including Amazon and in major book retail chains nationwide including Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and Books-A-Million.

Read more about the book and Pre-Order your copy on Amazon HERE!

Bob DiPiero Remembers Robin Williams


66Kix Brooks asked me to travel with him to Afghanistan to perform on a USO Christmas tour. Robin Williams was on the bill along with Lance Armstrong, Kathleen Madigan and Louis Black. Our little variety show played for audiences as large as several thousand enlisted men and women at the big bases and as small as thirty five hard, dirty Marines at a Forward Operating Base out in the middle of the suck. Robin was always the closer and he always leveled the place.

One morning in Bahrain I came down to breakfast And saw Robin sitting by himself writing in a small blue spiral note book. He invited me over to sit down with him and hang. After black coffee and small talk about the previous nights show I asked him what he was writing. He told me he was writing notes for last nights performance. What he did right, what he could do better. Humble greatness.

Our last stop on the tour was a hospital in Germany where wounded soldiers were taken once they had been stabilized on the battlefield. What I saw I will never forget. Multiple amputations. Disfigured faces. Wrecked bodies.  Grievous wounds suffered  by men so very young.

photoKix reminded me today that Robin jumped in and carried us all. He brought laughter and lightness and a moment of grace to those broken heroes. They called him Mork, Mrs. Doubtfire. Robin amongst them, one hilarious lightning line following another. One of the youngest wounded guys said: “I don’t know who you are man but you are one funny mother fucker!”

I will never forget you my friend.
-Bob DiPiero