Bob DiPiero Will Return to Valley with Vince Gill

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Country songwriting legend Bob DiPiero has saved the best for last.

The Liberty township native and Nashville artist will bring his annual American Made Songwriter Series concert to town for the final time April 27 – and with special guest Vince Gill.

Also joining him will be Blessing Offor, the Christian pop star who also appeared on “The Voice.”

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert at Ford Family Recital Hall, in the DeYor Performing Arts Center, will go on sale Friday, March 8, at and the DeYor box office. A presale will take place Wednesday.

In his Songwriters Series, DiPiero and his guests sit in a semicircle on stage and tell the stories about songs they have written before playing them on an acoustic guitar.

Vince Gill will take a short break from touring with the Eagles to perform in Youngstown.

DiPiero, a Youngstown State University graduate, is the originator and host of the series, which has played in New York, Chicago, Washington and abroad.

DiPero has been inducted into the Nashville Walk of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. 

More than 1,200 songs he has written have been recorded by other artists, including many hits. The list includes “American Made” (Oak Ridge Boys), “Little Rock” (Reba McEntire) and “Take Me As I Am” (Faith Hill).

He has brought the Songwriters Series concert to Youngstown 10 times, but this year’s event will be the last one.

Blessing Offor. (Photo by Robby Klein)

The concert, which will benefit Sojourner House, is being sponsored by Hometown Pharmacy and YSU’s Cliffe College of Creative Arts. Sojourner House is a domestic violence shelter for women in Youngstown.

Special guest Gill is one of the most awarded and instantly recognizable country music stars of this era. He will take a short break from touring with the Eagles to make it to Youngstown.

Also on stage will be Blessing, who was a Season 7 contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.” Blessing, who is blind, emigrated from Nigeria to the United States for medical treatment and for his education.

Pictured at top: Bob DiPiero.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.