Rodney Clawson

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Rodney Clawson
Birth nameRodney Dale Clawson
BornGruver, Texas, United States
OriginNashville, Tennessee, United States
Years active2000-present
Associated actsBig & Rich
Jason Aldean
Craig Wiseman

Rodney Dale Clawson (born in Gruver, Texas, United States) is an American country music songwriter. Clawson has written singles recorded by Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Faith Hill, George Strait and Luke Bryan, among others.


Clawson was raised in Gruver, Texas. Through the encouragement of his friend and former student John Rich, Clawson signed to his publishing contract in 2000. His first hit as a songwriter was "I Can't Be Your Friend" by Rushlow.[1]

Clawson co-wrote the songs "Why", "Amarillo Sky" and "Johnny Cash" for Jason Aldean. In 2008, he received a Song of the Year nomination from the Country Music Association for George Strait's number 1 single "I Saw God Today".[2] That same year, Clawson moved to a publishing contract with Big Loud Shirt, owned by songwriter Craig Wiseman.[1]

Other artists who have recorded his songs include Faith Hill, Big & Rich and Buddy Jewell.[2][3] He has also produced singles by Jake Owen and James Wesley.[4]

He is married to singer-songwriter Nicolle Galyon, who was also a contestant on the second season of The Voice. They have two children- a daughter, Charlie Jo Clawson (born May 29, 2013) and a son, Ford Sterling Clawson (born April 14, 2015).[5] He also has three children from a previous marriage, including Brad Clawson, who is also a Nashville songwriter.[6]

List of singles written by Rodney Clawson[edit]

Song title[7] Artist
"Amarillo Sky" Jason Aldean
"American Kids" Kenny Chesney
"Bartender" Lady Antebellum
"Burnin' It Down" Jason Aldean
"Callin' Me When I'm Lonely" Sheryl Crow
"Comin' Around" Josh Thompson
"Confession" Florida Georgia Line
"Cornfields" Blake Wise
"Crash My Party" Luke Bryan
"Crazy Town" Jason Aldean
"Did It for the Girl" Greg Bates
"Dirt" Florida Georgia Line
"Don't Let Me Be Lonely" The Band Perry
"Drink on It" Blake Shelton
"Drunk on You" Luke Bryan
"Feel Like a Rock Star" Kenny Chesney with Tim McGraw
"Get Your Shine On" Florida Georgia Line
"Good to Go" John Corbett
"Guitar Slinger" Crossin Dixon
"Helluva Life" Frankie Ballard
"I Can't Be Your Friend" Rushlow
"I Saw God Today" George Strait
"Johnny Cash" Jason Aldean
"Just Wanna Rock N' Roll" Rodney Atkins
"Lettin' the Night Roll" Justin Moore
"Lost in This Moment" Big & Rich
"Never Mind Me" Big & Rich
"Numbers" Jason Michael Carroll
"Old School" Chuck Wicks
"One of Those Nights" Tim McGraw
"Round Here" Florida Georgia Line
"Sippin' On Fire" Florida Georgia Line
"Southern Girl" Tim McGraw
"Sunshine and Summertime" Faith Hill
"Sure Be Cool If You Did" Blake Shelton
"Sweet Southern Comfort" Buddy Jewell
"Take a Little Ride" Jason Aldean
"Til It's Gone" Kenny Chesney
"Ultimate Love" Phil Vassar
"Where I Come From" Montgomery Gentry
"Why" Jason Aldean
"You Look Like I Need a Drink" Justin Moore


  1. ^ a b "Rodney Clawson - Big Loud Publishing". Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b "ROW WRITERS: Rodney Clawson « American Songwriter". 1 May 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  3. ^ "BMI Songwriters Monty Criswell, Wade Kirby & Rodney Clawson Celebrate 'I Saw God Today'". 9 June 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Rodney Clawson Re-ups With Big Loud Shirt". 16 November 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Twitter:Nicolle Galyon". Twitter. May 29, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-09. Hey twitter! Meet @rodneylama & I's daughter- CHARLIE CLAWSON. [5.29.13. 8lbs5oz. 20.5in]
  6. ^ Roland, Tom (February 26, 2018). "Clawson, Clawson & Galyon: Small Family Makes Big Impact On Country Charts" (PDF). Billboard. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Big Loud Publishing - Official Website" (PDF). Retrieved 27 November 2017.