Rock Killough is a son of Alabama, hailing from a small rural community in the Deep South where the summers are hot and the work was hard. He began playing guitar at age 8, and by the time he graduated high school he knew the road down which his future would lead. He honed his songwriting skills during a stint in the Army, another in college, and even more years in the 9 – 5 workday environment.
In 1976 he found himself in Nashville, a protégé of legendary songwriter Hank Cochran (“I Fall To Pieces”; “Make The World Go Away”), and signed to one the largest publishing houses in country music. Rock’s success includes singles by Randy Travis and Brenda Lee, two gold albums by the Oak Ridge Boys, and gold and platinum albums by Hank Williams, Jr. and Sammy Kershaw. He has a song on Hank Williams, Jr.’s infamous ‘Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound’ album, as well as cuts by Waylon Jennings, Jerry Reed, Carole King, Jerry Jeff Walker, Mickey Newbury, Johnny Rodriguez, and numerous others. Rock also appeared on the first “Austin City Limits” Songwriter’s Special, and has opened concerts for Willie Nelson, John Prine, and Townes Van Zandt, to name a few.
In 1985, Rock came home to south Alabama. He continues to perform, write, record, and tell his amazing story with a poignant humor that is sure to make him a favorite of all who are fortunate enough to encounter him on life’s road. We hope you enjoy his stories and songs that relate to the journey of the heart and soul.
Years later, Rock, Darrel Roberts, and Jimmy Grubbs formed The Dixie Flyers. When Jimmy moved to Nashville, Larry T. Wilson and John Joiner teamed up with Rock and Darrel, and The Dixie Flyers became a regular attraction at the world-famous Flora-Bama Lounge for years. The band has a Cd “Blazing Tracks” “Still Loving You” (1992) and “Impressions” (1994) are Rock’s releases on Ark Records. His project, “The Lonesome Ranger” for Ark, was released in 2000. Now, for the first time in 9 years, he has released a new solo Cd for Big Hit Songs, a record label owned by his friend Chris Baker. Chris produced and engineered the project titled “Rusty Plows”. The Cd features 16 songs, both old and new.