Award-winning songwriter, touring and recording artist and workshop facilitator, Alan Rhody, released his 9th album in 2012 entitled “Led by Love.” It features new material, a couple previously unreleased gems, and an a cappella 19th Century Scottish war ballad. Rhody is a Nashville-based Kentucky native, 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.
Though his songs have earned him multi-platinum and gold record awards, what he loves best is connecting with live audiences. 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. The long list of artists who’ve recorded his songs includes: The Oak Ridge Boys, Del McCoury, Toby Keith, Michael Martin Murphy, David Mallett, Lorrie Morgan, George Jones, Tanya Tucker, Ricky Van Shelton, Suzie Boggus, Murray McLauchlan, Kevin Welch, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Lynn Anderson, Kieran Kane, Jimmy C.Newman, Hoyt Axton and The Atlanta Rhythm Section.
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.”
A graduate of The Art Center School in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, Rhody, who majored in painting, played harmonica and sang in a rock band for about a year, performing the songs of
The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, The Animals and others. And back in high school, a friend had taken him to a Peter, Paul & Mary concert, which also left a definite impression. After leaving the band, he took up guitar while discovering the rich folk and blues artists of the time and was hooked. A trip to New York City and Greenwich Village in '66 sealed the deal for inspiration. He was playing short sets occasionally at The Round Table Theater in Louisville and holding down a day job in ad art, and exhibiting his work while starting a family with his bride Kathy Sigler. He later traveled to the west coast and across Canada developing his music and starting to write songs. He and his family lived in Vancouver, then later Toronto and by 1973 he had released two singles distributed by London Records and performed on several TV programs including the very popular "Ian Tyson Show", hosted by one of his musical heroes, Ian Tyson ("Four Strong Winds"/ "Someday Soon").
In spring, 1976 his music got the attention of Tree Publishing president, Buddy Killen in Nashville and Rhody signed his first exclusive publishing/production contract. Canadian country star Ronnie Prophet cut his song, "Tuesday Night Local" later that year on RCA Canada. And after his haunting ballad,
“I’ll Be True To You,” was recorded by a gospel quartet making their first venture into the country market in 1977, he and his family moved to Nashville. The quartet was called The Oak Ridge Boys and along with Rhody, scored their first No.1 hit, on Billboard's Country Singles chart, crossed over into Billboard's Hot 100 chart as well and is now a country classic. Alan Rhody's songwriting career was off an running, thanks to a great publishing company. In 2015, "I'll Be True To You" was sung as a duet by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks to honor the Oak Ridge Boys upon their induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In addition to his songwriting, recording and touring, Rhody has kept his hand in painting along the way. He's won a few awards and his work is in several corporate and many private collections. His poetry and lyric writing is also in the recently published anthology, "Filtered Through Time" (Westview), reflecting on the Anniversary of The Civil War, 150 years later.
“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
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