High Five

Bob DiPiero’s wishlist

Bob DiPiero.
Bob DiPiero.

“The Boston stop is a super special stop for the CMA Songwriters Series,” says its host Bob DiPiero .

Indeed, the series, sponsored by the Country Music Association, always manages to snag big names when it hits the Hub. Following on the heels of Kenny Chesney in 2011 and Carrie Underwood in 2012, Miranda Lambert will join DiPiero, Brett James, and Kip Moore for the sold-out round-robin at Royale next Thursday .

Lambert will then hit the field at Fenway Park Friday and Saturday to open two sold-out shows for Jason Aldean.


DiPiero, who has amassed 15 No. 1 hits and many more top 20 songs since 1983 with artists such as Tim McGraw (“Southern Voice’’) and George Strait (“Blue Clear Sky’’) says the series is a lo-fi treat for the superstar artists.

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“They’re all iconic performers and entertainers, but they want to let their audience know that they’re songwriters too,” says DiPiero. “They’re usually backed by a lot of production and dozens of musicians, and on these shows they’re willing to get up there and just let it go.”

We asked DiPiero the five people he’d love to have on a CMA Songwriters Series show. (We let him cheat a little on number five.)

1. Keith Urban “He’s the real deal: a world-class guitar player, an incredible entertainer, and a great songwriter.”

2. Loretta Lynn “She’s still out there singing the songs that she’s written that have become part of the American songbook. Mostly for selfish reasons I want the younger audience to follow back where this music has come from.”


3. Gary Allan “He’s a great songwriter, great musician, great stortyeller, and obviously a great entertainer.”

4. Dierks Bentley “He’s a student of country music. He’s got a really deep respect for what it is that has come before him. That says a lot for his authenticity.”

5. Sting, Bruce Springsteen, and Garth Brooks. “That’s my dream team. I’m one of those song geeks and they wrote songs that moved and inspired me.”