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The Hitmen of Music Row reunite at Tin Pan South

The Hitmen of Music Row: Jeffrey Steele, BobDiPiero, Tony Mullins, Craig Wiseman (Photo: Nicole Palsa)

It’s been 10 years since hit songwriters Jeffrey Steele, Bob DiPiero, Tony Mullins, and Craig Wiseman shared a stage together in Nashville. But last night, they reunited for a nearly 3-hour jam session during the Tin Pan South songwriters festival.

Back in 2007, the foursome appeared in the GAC reality TV series “The Hitmen of Music Row,” which took viewers behind the scenes of the Nashville songwriting community. With more than 50 number one hits under their belts, these guys are the heavyweight champions of the industry. But more importantly, they are a band of brothers.

Jeffrey Steele shared how Bob, Tony, and Craig stood by him after his son passed away right before the launch of the TV series. He performed the Rascal Flatts hit “Every Day” as a tip of the hat to his friends who helped him navigate that dark time in his life.

It was a poignant moment that was balanced by roaring laughter throughout the rest of the night. The banter among the Hitmen would make your face hurt from laughing so hard. From Bob consoling Craig for “falling off his wallet” to Tony rattling off a string of common phrases that are “Something To Think About” (why do you park in a driveway, but drive on a parkway?), the jovial attitude permeated the room and made the 3 hour event fly by.

In addition to the jokes, the guys shared the stories behind some of their biggest hits. Craig Wiseman was one of the writers on Blake Shelton‘s song “Boys Round Here,” which features the famous riff “red-red-red-red-red-red-red-red-redneck.” That piece of audio actually came from the writing session that Craig had recorded, when co-writers Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins had just arrived to the room and were chatting about their adventures in Georgia. Craig took the audio of Dallas saying “redneck” and started messing around with it on his console, ultimately creating what you hear in Blake’s recording.

You can hear more stories like these in person at the Tin Pan South songwriters festival, held in Nashville each spring. For more information, go to www.tinpansouth.com.

 

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