Rodney Crowell was born on August 7, 1950 in Crosby, Texas to a musical family including both grandfathers, his grandmother and his father. At age 11, he starting playing drums in his father’s band. In 1972 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in search of a musical career and got a job as a songwriter after being discovered by Jerry Reed. Rodney Crowell later met and befriended fellow songwriter Guy Clark, who became a major influence on his songwriting. Emmylou Harris recorded his song, “Till I Gain Control Again”, and after meeting him asked him to play rhythm guitar in her band, The Hot Band. The first few solo projects Rodney Crowell did were not commercially successful but during this time many artists covered his songs including Waylon Jennings, The Oak Ridge Boys, Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Reed, Bob Seger and many others. Not until 1988’s did he enjoy main stream success with Diamonds & Dirt which produced five consecutive No. 1 singles during a 17-month span.
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