Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters Podcast

Bob DiPiero

Ep. 83 - Bob DiPiero

American Made: Icon of Contemporary Country


Scott talks with Paul about his big songwriting news

PART TWO - 6 minute mark
Scott & Paul discuss songs they hate by artists they love

PART THREE - 21 minute mark
Scott's in-depth conversation with Bob DiPiero

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Scott catches up with Bob at his Nashville studio to get the story on how his country music education came from a surprising source; why he was still making just $75 per week and had to ride the bus home after he received his first gold album; how Forrest Gump gave him the idea that became his first George Strait #1; what his then-father-in-law Mel Tillis helped him understand about his place in the Nashville songwriting tradition; why some people tried to stop the artist from recording the song that would become Bob's longest-running #1 hit; and how he came back from serious substance abuse to reclaim his position at the top of the charts.    

Bob DiPiero has written 15 #1 hits, including “Southern Voice” for Tim McGraw, “If You Ever Stop Loving Me” for Montgomery Gentry, “Blue Clear Sky” for George Strait, “Daddy’s Money” for Ricochet, “The Church on Cumberland Road” for Shenandoah, “Money in the Bank” for John Anderson, “Little Rock” for Reba McEntire, and “American Made” for The Oak Ridge Boys. Neal McCoy’s recording of his song “Wink” stayed at #1 for 4 weeks in 1994 and was named BMI’s most performed country song of the year.

Other highlights from DiPiero’s catalog include Faith Hill’s “Take Me As I Am,” Reba McEntire’s “Till You Love Me,” George Strait’s  "Cowboys Like Us" and Vince Gill’s “Worlds Apart, which was named Song of the Year at the Country Radio Music Awards in 1997.

Other artists who’ve recorded Bob’s songs include Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Travis Tritt, Rhett Akins, Billy Ray Cyrus, Patty Loveless, The Mavericks, Marty Stuart, Darius Rucker, Etta James, Martina McBride, Neil Diamond, Trace Adkins, Steve Wariner, Lonestar, Tracy Byrd, Sunny Sweeney, Easton Corbin, Toby Keith, and Little Feat with Bob Seger.

Bob received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his song “Coming Home,” which Gwyneth Paltrow performed for the film Country Strong. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007, was named Songwriter of the Year at the Nashville Music Awards in 1998, and received the prestigious BMI Icon award in 2017.  

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