Texas Panhandle Farm Boy Makes Good

May 29, 2014

Credit americansongwriter.com

Who has more number one songs than Guy Clark, Willie Nelson and Don Henley combined? 

It’s Gruver, Texas farm boy Rodney Clawson. 

Clawson was BMI’s 2013 Songwriter of the Year.  The songwriter still talks with a Texas drawl, and shares his hometown roots through words and verse according to a recent piece from West Texas A&M University.

Clawson graduated from what was known as West Texas State University in 1989 with a degree in secondary education.  He says the most important thing he learned was how to write.    

“I learned how to write, I learned how to communicate and I learned how to take information and put it on paper,” Clawson said, “and that’s what I do now for a living. I tell a story from personal experience.”

Rodney Clawson is returning to WT where he will be honored as a Distinguished Alumni. 

A list of his hits and more information about the alumni event can be found here.