Dallas Davidson

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Dallas Davidson
Origin Albany, Georgia, United States
Genres Country
Years active 2004–present
Associated acts Website

Dallas Davidson is an American country music singer and songwriter from Albany, Georgia, who has written for artists such as Blake Shelton, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Lady Antebellum, and Billy Currington. He generally writes with others, notably as a member of The Peach Pickers.[1]


Davidson moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2004 and joined Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) for performing rights representation and signed a publishing deal with Big Borassa Music, which lasted until 2008.[2] Davidson signed with EMI Music Publishing Nashville in 2008 and extended his contract with them in 2012.[3]

Trace Adkins recorded Davidson's "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" shortly after Davidson arrived in Nashville, taking the song to number 2 on the country charts in early 2006.[4] Davidson co-wrote the Brad Paisley-Keith Urban duet "Start a Band", which reached number 1 in January 2009.[5][6] This song was nominated for a Grammy in the category Best Country Collaboration with vocals.[7] He also co-wrote Billy Currington's "That's How Country Boys Roll", which went to number 1 in 2010.[8]

Other singles that Davidson co-wrote in the late 2000s included "Put a Girl in It" by Brooks & Dunn, "Barefoot and Crazy" by Jack Ingram and "Gimmie That Girl" by Joe Nichols, all collaborations with Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, also known as The Peach Pickers. "Gimmie That Girl" made it to number 1 on the charts in April 2010.[9]

In 2010, Davidson also co-wrote "All About Tonight" by Blake Shelton, "All Over Me" by Josh Turner and "Rain Is a Good Thing" by Luke Bryan. These songs earned Davidson the award for Billboard's Hot Country Music Songwriter of 2010.[10]

Other songs that Davidson co-wrote and featured in the Billboard Hot 100 include Justin Moore's "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away",[11] Lady Antebellum's "Just a Kiss" and "We Owned the Night".[12] Luke Bryan also recorded Davidson's "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)", "I Don't Want This Night to End" and "That's My Kind of Night".[13] In 2013, he co-wrote "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" by Randy Houser, "Granddaddy's Gun" by Aaron Lewis and "Keep Them Kisses Comin'" by Craig Campbell.

Davidson received the 2012 ACM Songwriter of the Year; a 2012 ACM nominee for Song of the Year (for "Just a Kiss"); the 2011 BMI Country Awards’ Songwriter of the Year together with Rhett Akins. He is also a recipient of three CMA Triple Play Awards, one in 2010 and two in 2011; this award is given to songwriters who write three number-one singles in a one-year span. Davidson is the Chairman of the Georgia Music Foundation.[14] In 2015 he launched his own publishing company, Play It Again together with Austin Marshall.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Davidson is married with one son.[16]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
This Ole Boy
  • Release date: April 1, 2010
  • Label: String Stretcher Records

Collaboration albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US
Michael Waddell's Bone Collector: The Brotherhood Album
(with Rhett Akins)
47 19

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2011 "Country Thang" (with Colt Ford) Potsy Ponciroli

Songs written[edit]

Artist Album Song Co-written with
Trace Adkins Songs About Me (2005) "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson
Proud to Be Here (2011) "Always Gonna Be That Way" Chris Tompkins
Jason Aldean Old Boots, New Dirt (2014) "Tonight Looks Good on You" Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley
They Don't Know (2016) "Comin' In Hot" Ashley Gorley Rodney Clawson
Clayton Anderson Torn Jeans & Tailgates "Y'all Can Have This Town" Brian Kolb
"Shotgun Rider" Rhett Akins, Keith Anderson, Ben Hayslip
Keith Anderson C'mon (2008) "C'mon" Keith Andesron
Jessica Andrews N/A "The Clown" (2014) Hillary Lindsey, James T. Slater
Rodney Atkins It's America (2009) "Friends with Tractor" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Frankie Ballard Frankie Ballard (2011) "A Buncha Girls" Frankie Ballard, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
"Place to Lay Your Head" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
"Tell Me You Get Lonely" Marty Dodson
"Sober Me Up" (also on Sunshine & Whiskey) Ashley Gorley
Sunshine & Whiskey (2014) "Tell Me You Get Lonely" Marty Dodson
Lee Brice I Don't Dance (2014) "I Don't Dance" Lee Brice, Rob Hatch
Catherine Britt N/A "Dirt Cheap" Luke Bryan, Hillary Lindsey
Brooks & Dunn Cowboy Town (2007) "Put a Girl in It" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Kix Brooks New to This Town (2012) "Bring It One Home" Kix Brooks, Rhett Akins
"In the Right Place" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Luke Bryan Doin' My Thing (2009) "Rain is a Good Thing" Luke Bryan
"Doin' My Thing" Rhett Akin, Ben Hayslip
Tailgates & Tanlines (2011) "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)" Luke Bryan
"I Don't Want This Night to End" Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Spring Break...Here to Party (2013) "Suntan City" Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
"Sorority Girl" Luke Bryan, Jim McCormick
Crash My Party (2013) "That's My Kind of Night" Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley
"We Run This Town" Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace
"Play It Again" Ashley Gorley
"Dirt Road Diary" Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Spring Break...Checkin' Out (2015) "Checkin' Out" Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
"You and the Beach" Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Kill the Lights (2015) "Kick the Dust Up" Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley
"Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
"Buddies" Luke Bryan
Weston Burt Lucky Sometimes (2013) "Lucky Sometimes" Ben Hayslip, Charles Kelley
Chris Cagle My Life's Been a Country Song (2008) "Little Sundress" Rhett Akins
Craig Campbell Never Regret (2013) "Keep Them Kisses Comin'" Ben Hayslip
Jason Michael Carroll Numbers (2011) "Meet Me in the Barn" Jason Michael Carroll, Patrick Davis
Billy Currington Little Bit of Everything (2008) "That's How Country Boys Roll" Billy Currington, B. Jones
Enjoy Yourself (2010) "All Day Long" Frankie Ballard, Ben Hayslip
Eric Durrance N/A "Angels Fly Away"
Ronnie Dunn Ronnie Dunn (2011) "Let the Cowboy Rock" Ronnie Dunn
Tyler Farr Redneck Crazy (2013) "Hot Mess" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Suffer in Peace (2015) "Criminal" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
"Poor Boy" Tyler Farr, Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley
"Why We Live Here" Tyler Farr, Houston Phillips
Florida Georgia Line Anything Goes (2014) "Smile" Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley
Colt Ford Every Chance I Get (2011) "Skirts and Boots" (with Frankie Ballard) James T. Slater, Jimmy Yeary
"Country Thang" (with Eric Church) Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
"Overworked & Overpaid" (with Charlie Daniels)
Kevin Fowler Chippin' Away (2011) "Here's to Me and You" Ben Fowler, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Brantley Gilbert Halfway to Heaven (2010) "Back in the Day" Brantley Gilbert, Ben Hayslip
Just as I Am (2014) "Small Town Throwdown" (featuring Justin Moore & Thomas Rhett) Brantley Gilbert, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Josh Gracin "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" John Kennedy
Trent Harmon Single "Falling" Keith Urban, Brett James
Hunter Hayes 21 (2015) "21" Hunter Hayes, Kelley Lovelace, Ashley Gorley
Randy Houser Anything Goes (2008) "Back to God" Randy Houser
"My Kind of Country" Randy Houser
How Country Feels (2013) "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace
"Sunshine on the Line" Randy Houser
Fired Up (2016) "Mine Tonight" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
"Lucky Me" Randy Houser, Craig Wiseman
"Fired Up" Rob Hatch
"Gotta Get You Home" Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace
"Same Ole Saturday Night" Ben Hayslip, Martin Johnson
Houston County N/A "I Can't Make It Rain" (2009) Ben Hayslip, Adam Hooper, Zack Hooper, John Milldrum
Jack Ingram Big Dreams & High Hopes (2008) "Barefoot and Crazy" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Casey James Casey James (2012) "So Sweet" Casey James, Patrick Davis
Chris Janson Take It to the Bank (2014) "Where My Girls At" Chris Jansen
Jamey Johnson The Dollar (2006) "Flying Silver Eagle" Jamey Johnson
"She's All Lady" Jamey Johnson
The Guitar Song (2010) "Good Times Ain't What They Used to Be" Jamey Johnson, Jim McCormack
Jewel Sweet and Wild (2010) "Stay Here Forever" Jewel, Bobby Pinson
Picking Up the Pieces (2015) "The Shape of You" Jewel, David Lee Murphy
Lady Antebellum Own the Night (2011) "We Owned the Night" Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood
"Just a Kiss" Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood
Tracy Lawrence "Footprints on the Moon"
Aaron Lewis The Road (2013) "Granddaddy's Gun" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Bobby Pinson
Justin McBride Don't Let Go (2007) "Tough"
Love and Theft N/A "Night That You'll Never Forget" (2014) Ashley Gorley
Tim McGraw "Louisiana"
Emotional Traffic (2012) "Touchdown Jesus" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Neal McCoy XII (2012) "Real Good Feel Good" Jimmy Ritchy, Sam Hunt
"Shotgun Rider" Keith Anderson, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Montgomery Gentry Rebels on the Run (2011) "Where I Come From" Rodney Clawson
Justin Moore Justin Moore (2009) "The Only Place That I Call Home" Justin Moore, Jeremy Stover
Outlaws Like Me "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" Rob Hatch, Brett Jones" (2011)
Craig Morgan This Ole Boy (2012) "This Ole Boy" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Joe Nichols Real Things (2007) "She's All Lady" Jamey Johnson
Old Things New (2009) "Gimmie That Girl" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
'The Shape I'm In" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
It's All Good (2011) "Take It Off" Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace
"The More I Look" Rodney Clawson, Jim Beavers
"This Ole Boy" Rhett Aksin, Ben Hayslip
Crickets (2013) "Smile on Mine" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
"Open Up a Can" Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace
Jerrod Niemann Yellow Brick Road (2007) "I Love Women My Momma Can't Stand" Rhett Akins
Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury (2010) "They Should Have Named You Cocaine" Jerrod Niemann, Jamey Johnson
Jake Owen Easy Does It (2009) "Nothin' Grows in Shadows" Rhett Akins, Doug Johnson
Barefoot Blue Jean Night (2011) "The One That Got Away" Jake Owen, Jimmy Ritchy
Days of Gold (2013) "Life of the Party" Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley
"Good Timing" Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell
American Love (2016) "You Ain't Going Nowhere" Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley
Brad Paisley Play (2008) "Start a Band" (with Keith Urban) Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace
Rascal Flatts Changed (2012) "Hot in Here" Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace
Ashley Ray Single "Dirt Cheap" (featuring Mike Eli) Luke Bryan, Hillary Lindsey
Chase Rice Ignite the Night (2014) "Do It Like This" Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley
The Robertsons Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas (2013) "Ragin' Chajun Redneck Christmas" Willie Robertson
Darius Rucker True Believers (20130 "Heartbreak Road" Darius Rucker, Rhett Akins
Blake Shelton Startin' Fires (2008) "Country Strong" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
"Home Sweet Home" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Hillbilly Bone (2010) "Kiss My Country Ass" Rhett Akins, Jon Stone
All About Tonight (2010) "All About Tonight" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Red River Blue (2011) "Good Ol' Boys"
Based on a True Story... (2013) "Boys 'Round Here" Rhett Akins, Craig Wiseman
"Granddaddy's Gun" Rhett Akins, Bobby Pinson
If I'm Honest (2016) "One Night Girl" Ashley Gorley
Ashton Shepherd Where Country Grows (2011) "Keepin' It Rural" Ben Hayslip, Jimmy Yeary
Tate Stevens Tate Stevens (2013) "That's How You Get the Girl" Ben Hayslip, Rivers Rutherford
Josh Thompson Way Out Here (2010) "I Won't Go Crazy" Josh Thompson
Josh Turner Haywire (2010) "All Over Me" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Andy Velo Blue Collar Crusie "Meet Me in the Barn" Patrick Davis, Jason Michael Carroll
Jared Wade Drunk on Sunshine (2013) "Drunk on Sunshine" Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace
Chad Warrix Single "Rain on the Roof" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Hank Williams, Jr. Country Strong: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2010) "Thirsty" Rhett Akins, Brett Eldredge
Gretchen Wilson I Got Your Country Right Here (2010) "Blue Collar Done Turn Red" Gretchen Wilson
Jon Wolfe It All Happen at a Honky Tonk (2013) "Sweet Little Song and Dance" Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Chris Young Chris Young (2006) "I'm Heading Your Way, José" James T. Slater


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