Justin Moore raised a glass to his sixth No. 1, “You Look Like I Need A Drink,” and its songwriters Rodney Clawson, Natalie Hemby and Matt Dragstrem. Fittingly surrounded by a vast selection of beverages at Nashville venue SOUTH, the
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.