Well-known as one of Nashville's most successful songwriters, Bob DiPiero has also been an active live performer, touring with the now-defunct country-rock band Billy Hill, as road guitarist for ex-wi

Well-known as one of Nashville's most successful songwriters, Bob DiPiero has also been an active live performer, touring with the now-defunct country-rock band Billy Hill, as road guitarist for ex-wife Pam Tillis, and as a solo acoustic act. This warts-and-all guitar pull (with "no technical pesticides," the artist says in the liner notes) at songwriter haven the Bluebird Cafe features DiPiero in his element, with such compatriots as Gary Burr, Jim Photoglo, Al Anderson, Craig Wiseman, Sharon Vaughn, and others. The record offers songs made famous by others in their bare-bones simplicity, including soulful versions of "Church on Cumberland Road" (Sawyer Brown), "Money in the Bank" (John Anderson), "Mirror, Mirror" (Diamond Rio), and "Blue Clear Sky" (George Strait). Between-song banter is sometimes humorous if a bit too cliquish, becoming somewhat tiresome over the course of an entire album. That said, DiPiero has plenty of fans both on and beyond Music Row, and Laugh is a fine testament to both his considerable songwriting skills and his ample humor. Contact: 201-969-9990.—RW

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