Rodney Crowell has written for many of country music's most prominent artists since the 1970s. A Houston native, Crowell landed his first cut with Jerry Reed after the country star signed him to a publishing deal in 1972. Emmylou Harris then hired him for her Hot Band and frequently recorded his songs, introducing his prodigious talent to her fans and other country artists. Crowell's catalog grew to include #1 singles like "I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried" and "She's Crazy for Leavin'," as well as Rosanne Cash's "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me," Crystal Gayle's "Til I Gain Control Again," Highway 101's "Somewhere Tonight," Waylon Jennings' "I Ain't Livin' Long Like This," Tim McGraw's "Please Remember Me," Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper's Dream)," the Oak Ridge Boys' "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight," Bob Seger's "Shame on the Moon" and Keith Urban's "Making Memories of Us." As a recording artist, Crowell was named ACM Top New Male Vocalist for 1988. He received a Grammy for Best Country Song and an ACM Song of the Year nomination for "After All This Time." He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.