Rodney Crowell

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 Je
rry Re
ed after the country star signed him to a publishing deal in 1972. Em
mylou Har
ris 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 Rosa
nne C
ash's "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me," Crys
tal Gay
le's "Til I Gain Control Again," High
way 101's "Somewhere Tonight," Way
lon Jen
nings' "I Ain't Livin' Long Like This," T
im Mc
Graw's "Please Remember Me," Ni
tty Grit
ty Dirt Band's "Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper's Dream)," the Oa
k Ridg
e Boys' "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight," Bo
b Se
ger's "Shame on the Moon" and Ke
ith Ur
ban'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.