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Alan Rhody / Bio

Award-winning songwriter, touring and recording artist Alan Rhody, released his 9th album in 2012 entitled “Led by Love.” It features new material and a couple of previously unreleased gems, as well as a 19th Century Scottish war ballad. Rhody is a Kentucky native and folk artist at heart, whose songs have crossed genres throughout his prolific forty-year career.  His music has been featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered” along with numerous network TV appearances in the U.S. and Canada.  Known for his easy-going, but engaging stage presence, he writes songs that are compassionate, imaginative stories (“I’ll Be True To You”, “Charlene And The Quarterback”) as well as sensitive unpretentious ballads (“White Roofs, Grey Streets”, “The Wind In Her Hair”) and up tempo and blues-based (“Trainwreck Of Emotion”).  And though his songs have earned him multi-platinum and gold record awards, what he loves best is connecting with an audience and having a great time!  Some of the friends who’ve joined him on his recordings include John Prine,  John Hartford, Sam Bush, Maura O’Connell, Jay Patten, Jamie Hartford, David Rawlings and Guthrie Trapp.  Artists who’ve recorded his songs include The Oak Ridge Boys, Lorrie Morgan, Del McCoury, Ricky Van Shelton, Toby Keith, George Jones, Tanya Tucker, Suzie Boggus, T.G.Sheppard, Kevin Welch, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Lynn Anderson, Barbara Fairchild, Kieran Kane, Jimmy C.Newman, Billy “Crash” Craddock, John Schneider, David Mallett, Hoyt Axton and The Atlanta Rhythm Section. Greg Quill of The Toronto Star said of Rhody, “He has earned a level of respect and recognition that places him in the vanguard of pioneers of the contemporary roots music movement.”  And from Nashville’s daily, The Tennessean, “Rhody is a singer-songwriter of unusual clarity and intelligence.” 

It all started in Louisville, where Alan was an art student and a fan of all kinds of music. While attending The Art Center Association School, where he graduated on a full scholarship with a major in painting, some friends had a rock and roll band and invited him to a rehearsal. After hearing him sing, they offered him a spot in the band on vocals and harmonica, which he immediately started learning to play. That year, as a member of the Kingspades, the seeds were planted to what would become a life-long endeavor. Rhody was inspired by the folk and blues stars of the time, to go out and purchase an acoustic guitar. Within two years he started composing his first few original songs. He later traveled to the west coast and across Canada developing his music. By 1973 he had released his first single recordings and performed on several CBC and CTV network TV programs including the very popular "Ian Tyson Show", hosted by one of his musical heroes, Ian Tyson.

In 1977, he relocated to Nashville, Tennessee after his haunting ballad, “I’ll Be True To You,” had been recorded by a gospel quartet making their first venture into the country market. The quartet, The Oak Ridge Boys along with Rhody scored their first No.1 hit, crossing over into Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and is now a country classic. He has continued to tour North America, writing and recording ever since.

As a visual artist, Rhody has focused on portraiture and figurative works of late, including one of his friend and Canadian folk-rock star, Murray McLauchlan. The painting is featured on cover of McLauchlan's new solo release, "Human Writes". As a poet, Rhody is one of forty-six U.S. writers featured in the new anthology, "Filtered Through Time" (Westview), reflecting on the 150th Anniversary of The Civil War.

“A singer-songwriter of unusual clarity and intelligence.”
-Peter Cooper, The Tennessean

"He has earned a level of respect and recognition that places him ended up living and working in Canada for the next eight yearsin the vanguard of pioneers of the contemporary roots music movement.” 
- Greg Quill, Toronto Star

“If you’ve never seen this Nashville singer-songwriter perform, you’re missing out on one of our most entertaining and amusing acoustic troubadours.”
- Robert K. Oermann, author, music journalist, historian

“Solid, tough, trim and clear as a bell. He is consistently head and shoulders above the pack. I’m a confirmed fan and always have been.”
-Kevin Welch, Dead Reckoning artist, songwriter

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Alan Rhody - Vocals
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Alan Rhody
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Singer Songwriter / Folk-Roots / Country Blues

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Nashville, TN
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