Rodney Clawson
Rodney Clawson

Rodney Clawson took a huge career leap from farmer to songwriter when he began to make trips from his home in Gruver, Texas to Nashville, Tennessee. Longtime friend John Rich encouraged Rodney’s writing trips, which eventually lead to his first publishing contract in 2000.

In 2003, he earned his first top 20 song with ‘I Can’t Be Your Friend’, cut by the band Rushlow. This was quickly followed by his first top 5 song, “Sweet Southern Comfort”, recorded by Buddy Jewel. After this success, Rodney made the decision to leave his farming career behind and move to Nashville to be a full-time songwriter.

In the summer of 2006, he landed his first #1 song with ‘Why’, recorded by Jason Aldean and followed by another #1 song, ‘Lost In This Moment’, recorded by Big and Rich. In 2007, Rodney received two nominations with CMA Song of the Year with ‘Lost In This Moment’ and ACM Song of the Year with ‘Amarillo Sky’ by Jason Aldean.

In 2008, Rodney signed an exclusive publishing agreement with Big Loud Shirt, a company owned and operated by Grammy award-winning songwriter, Craig Wiseman. In February of 2008, country music legend George Strait released Rodney’s song, “I Saw God Today”, as the first single off of his Troubadour album. ‘I Saw God Today’ became Strait’s highest debuting single of all time and his record breaking 56th #1 song. The song won CMA Single of the Year and was nominated for Best Country Song at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Rodney took on the role of producer when he recorded some songs on the Jake Owen’s Barefoot Blue Jean Night album and songs on James Wesley’s upcoming release with Broken Bow Records.

In 2012, Rodney earned himself three #1 songs on country radio, with Blake Shelton’s ‘Drink On It,’ Luke Bryan’s ‘Drunk On You’ and Jason Aldean’s ‘Take A Little Ride’. He co-wrote the groundbreaking Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw duet, ‘Feel Like A Rockstar’, which won the 2012 CMA Vocal Event of the Year. At the 2013 ASCAP Awards, his song, ‘Drunk On You’ was named Country Song of the Year. That same year, Rodney was awarded NSAI Songwriter of the Year. A month later, he was also awarded BMI Songwriter of the Year as well as having six songs land at the #1 spot.

2014 had been another banner year in Rodney’s career; six of his songs reached the #1 spot, including ‘Helluva Life’(Frankie Ballard), ‘Lettin’ The Night Roll’ (Justin Moore), ‘Bartender’ (Lady Antebellum), ‘American Kids’ (Kenny Chesney), ‘Dirt’ (Florida Georgia Line) and ‘Burnin’ It Down’ (Jason Aldean). His song, ‘American Kids’, was nominated for Country Song of the Year at the 2015 Grammy Awards. Rodney was nominated for the ACM Songwriter of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015. To date, Rodney has had twenty-two songs peak at #1, with Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Sippin’ On Fire’ being the most recent.

This past year in 2015, Rodney had yet another phenomenal streak, being named NSAI Songwriter of the Year and BMI Songwriter of the Year; he also received a Double CMA Triple Play Award.

In his downtime, Rodney likes to participate in fishing tournaments throughout the United States.



Miranda Lambert

"The Weight Of These Wings"

Luke Bryan

"Farm Tour...Here's To The Farmer-EP"

Jason Aldean

"They Don't Know"
Side Effects

Dallas Smith

"Side Effects"
Dig Your Roots

Florida Georgia Line

"Dig Your Roots"
Girl Problems

Chris Lane

"Girl Problems"
The Way I Talk

Morgan Wallen

"The Way I Talk"
American Love

Jake Owen

"American Love"
The Fighters


"The Fighters"
If I'm Honest

Blake Shelton

"If I'm Honest"
When I'm Taken

Native Run

"When I'm Taken"

Keith Urban


Chuck Wicks

"Turning Point"
Lighter In The Dark

Sister Hazel

"Lighter In The Dark"

Dallas Smith

"Kids With Cars"

Justin Moore

"Kinda Don't Care"
Down Home Sessions II

Cole Swindell

"Down Home Sessions II"
Damn Country Music

Tim McGraw

"Damn Country Music"

Luke Bryan

"Kill The Lights"

Dave and Whitney

"Alibi - EP"

Uncle Ezra Ray


Kristian Bush

"Southern Gravity"

Eli Young Band

"Turn It On"
Tour Bootleg

Michael Ray

"Tour Bootleg"

Dallas Smith


Florida Georgia Line

"Anything Goes"

Florida Georgia Line

"Anything Goes [Deluxe]"

Jason Aldean

"Old Boots, New Dirt"

Lady Antebellum


Kenny Chesney

"The Big Revival"

Big & Rich

Sundown Heaven Town

Tim McGraw

"Sundown Heaven Town"
I Don't Dance

Lee Brice

"I Don't Dance"
Startin' Over


"Startin’ Over"
Ignite The Night

Chase Rice

"Ignite the Night"
Broken Windshield View

Chris Lane

"Broken Windshield View "
10,000 Towns

Eli Young Band

"10,000 Towns"
Sunshine & Whiskey

Frankie Ballard

"Sunshine & Whiskey"

Justin Moore

"Off the Beaten Path"
Crash My Party

Luke Bryan

"Crash My Party"
True Believers

Darius Rucker

"True Believers"

The Band Perry

Based On A True Story...

Blake Shelton

"Based On A True Story..."
Spring Break... Here To Party

Luke Bryan

"Spring Break... Here to Party"
Two Lanes of Freedom

Tim McGraw

"Two Lanes of Freedom"

Florida Georgia Line

"Here's To The Good Times"
Night Train

Jason Aldean

"Night Train"
Hillbilly Jedi

Big & Rich

"Hillbilly Jedi"
Dustin Lynch

Dustin Lynch

"Dustin Lynch"

Colt Ford

"Declaration of Independence"
Love and Theft

Love and Theft

"Love and Theft"

The Farm

"The Farm Inc."

Saving Abel

"Bringing Down the Giant"
Greg Bates EP

Greg Bates

"Greg Bates EP"

Kenny Chesney

"Welcome to the Fishbowl"

Josh Abbott Band

"Small Town Family Dream"
Comin' Around

Josh Thompson

"Comin' Around"
Here and Now


"Here and Now"
It's All Good

Joe Nichols

"It's All Good"

Montgomery Gentry

"Rebels On The Run"

Rodney Atkins

"Take a Back Road"
Barefoot Blue Jean Night

Jake Owen

"Barefoot Blue Jean Night"

Luke Bryan

"Tailgates & Tanlines"
Randy Montana

Randy Montana

"Randy Montana"

Jason Michael Carroll

Red River Blue

Blake Shelton

"Red River Blue"

Casey Ashley

Old School

Chuck Wicks

"Old School"
Blake Wise

Blake Wise

"Blake Wise"
Doin' My Thing

Luke Bryan

"Doin’ My Thing"

George Strait