Bob DiPiero will be honored at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as part of the Museum’s quarterly Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters program on February 15. Hosted by Museum Editor Michael Gray, the program will feature an in-depth interview and performance from Bob. He will sign limited edition commemorative Hatch Show Prints after the program.
Bob has been at the top of his songwriting game for more than three decades, penning hits for the likes of John Anderson, Easton Corbin, Neal McCoy, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, the Oak Ridge Boys, Shenandoah, George Strait, Pam Tillis and more. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he learned to play guitar and joined his first band at age 14. He put himself through college playing in a rock n’ roll band and graduated with a music degree from Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music.
After moving to Nashville in the late 1970s, Bob taught guitar lessons while working on his songwriting craft. He signed his first publishing deal and scored his first country cut, Reba’s “I Can See Forever in Your Eyes,” in 1980. Three years later, he landed his first No. 1 with “American Made,” recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys.
Throughout the 1980s and early ’90s, he wrote a slew of hits, including “Little Rock,” “That Rock Won’t Roll,” “The Church on Cumberland Road” and “Money in the Bank.” In 1995, he earned the CMA’s Triple Play Award for writing three No. 1 hits in a 12-month period – “Wink,” “Take Me As I Am” and “Till You Love Me.” He repeated the feat the next year with “Blue Clear Sky,” “Daddy’s Money” and “Worlds Apart.”
In 1997, Bob teamed with Woody Bomar and Kerry O’Neil to establish independent publisher Little Big Town Music. When the company was purchased by Sony/ATV Tree in 1998, he formed Love Monkey Music as a co-venture with Sony. Over the last decade, he has continued penning hits, including “Cowboys Like Us,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl” and “Southern Voice.”
In 2007, Bob joined with fellow songwriters Tony Mullins, Jeffrey Steele and Craig Wiseman to give viewers an inside look at the music business on the reality series The Hitmen of Music Row which aired on Great American Country. In 2010, “Coming Home,” co-written by Bob and performed by Gwyneth Paltrow for the movie Country Strong, earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song.
Bob was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007. He continues to write and perform, and his gregarious storytelling makes him a songwriters’ showcase favorite.
The Poets and Prophets series honors songwriters who have made significant contributions to country music history. The program will stream live at www.countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.