Rusty signed his first song writing deal with Ronny Gant in 1980 and he currently writes for Silver Thunder Music Group in Nashville,TN. As a writer Rusty has penned songs for Les Taylor (Exile), Hank Thompson, Earl Thomas Conley and many others. Co writers include Red Lane, Hank Cochran, Steve Cropper, Hank Thompson, Buck Moore, Randy Travis, Johnny Neel (Alman Brothers), Wayne Perry, Gerald Smith, and Dustin Shannon. As a Record Producer Rusty has worked with such greats as Hank Thompson, Earl Thomas Conley, Joe Diffe and has co produced projects with Buddy Cannon and Grammy winning producer Larry Butler. Life is Good!