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Bob DiPiero, Radney Foster, Brett James, and Craig Wiseman Share the Stories Behind Their Hits
NASHVILLE - The CMA Songwriters Series culminates its 10-year anniversary celebration in the venue where it all began, Joe's Pub in New York City, with a two-night event on Dec. 3 and 4. Celebrating its decade-long run, the CMA Songwriters Series features songwriter and host Bob DiPiero performing alongside Radney Foster, Brett James, and Craig Wiseman. Tickets are on sale today and show times for both nights are 6:30 and 9:00 PM/ET. 
DiPiero was instrumental in starting the CMA Songwriters Series back in 2005. A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he has notched 15 No. 1 Hits including “Little Rock” (recorded by Reba), “Blue Clear Sky” (recorded by George Strait), and “Southern Voice” (recorded by Tim McGraw).
Foster has garnered success as both an artist and a songwriter. As half of the duo Foster & Lloyd, he was responsible for co-writing hits such as “Crazy Over You” and “Sure Thing.” As a solo act, Foster wrote and recorded the hits “Just Call Me Lonesome” and “Nobody Wins.” He has also written songs for Keith Urban (“Raining On Sunday”), Jack Ingram (“Measure of a Man”), and Sara Evans (“A Real Fine Place to Start”).
James has written 17 No. 1 hits including “I Hold On” (recorded by Dierks Bentley), “Out Last Night” (recorded by Kenny Chesney), and “Somethin’ Bad” (recorded by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood). He has also penned songs for Bon Jovi, Luke Bryan, Colbie Caillat, Kelly Clarkson, and Urban.
Wiseman has had more than 20 No. 1 songs including “Live Like You Were Dying" (recorded by McGraw), “Hillbilly Bone” (recorded by Blake Shelton), and “The Good Stuff” (recorded by Chesney). Wiseman has also had songs recorded by Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill, and LeAnn Rimes.
Tickets for the Dec. 3 and 4 CMA Songwriters Series at Joe’s Pub are $40 and $35 each and are on sale now. For information about Joe’s Pub or to order tickets, visit joespub.com. Joe’s Pub is located at 425 Lafayette St. in New York City.
The CMA Songwriters Series kicked off its 10th Anniversary season with standing-room-only shows at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and has performed shows in Paradise Island, Bahamas as part of the Atlantis Live Paradise Music Festival Presented by HGTV, Austin, Chicago, New York, and London in 2014.
Also in 2014, CMA has partnered with public television’s critically-acclaimed concert series “Front and Center” to present two separate hour-long concert specials for the 2014 fall season. The shows will feature the music of CMA Awards winner and 2014 CMA Awards nominee Lady Antebellum as they are joined by special songwriter guests; and a special 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series celebration with CMA Awards winner and 2014 CMA Awards nominee Bentley. Bentley will be joined by top songwriters Jim Beavers, Ross Copperman, James, and Jon Randall. The episodes, which taped earlier this year in Nashville, are scheduled to air this month leading up to “The 48th Annual CMA Awards.” Check local listings for dates and times.
For nearly a decade, the CMA Songwriters Series has provided a platform for the artisans who, through their craft, pen hits that touch the lives of millions of music fans. Since it began at Joes’ Pub in New York City in 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 75 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 132 of music’s most gifted storytellers who collectively have 71 CMA Song of the Year nominations. 
Some of the artists that have been part of the series include Bentley, Clint Black, Kix Brooks, Chesney, Brandy Clark, Billy Currington, Brett Eldredge, Randy Houser, Lady Antebellum, Lambert, Little Big Town, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Kip Moore, David Lee Murphy, Gretchen Peters, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, The Band Perry, Josh Turner, Underwood, Phil Vassar, Charlie Worsham, and Chris Young.

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