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Alan Rhody

Award-winning singer/songwriter Alan Rhody has been touring, recording, and writing hundreds of memorable songs, some of which have become huge hits by other artists, for the last three decades. The Louisville, KY native's career actually started in western Canada with network TV and club dates. He settled in Toronto, making his first recordings for London Records in 1973. He and his family relocated to Nashville, TN in the late seventies after learning The Oak Ridge Boys as well as Ronnie Prophet had recorded two of his songs. Rhody’s songs have continued to be covered by a long list of artists, stellar and otherwise, in country, folk, and bluegrass for the last 30 years.

Alan has released his most intimate and personal album to date, "Farther On" (April, 2017).
Internationally known Journalist, Author and historian, Robert K. Oermann said of it,
"...features a recent collaboration with Guy Clark and a feast of solo works. Not the least of which is his No. 1 hit, I’ll Be True To You, as sung by The Oak Ridge Boys. Rhody’s guitar vocal of the original long version is stunning and reveals just how powerful the song really is. This artist is one of those rare individuals who can hold you completely spellbound with just his axe and his voice.”

His 2008 CD, “Boxcars Of Memories” is also a great example of Alan's simple but punchy production. One critic called "Boxcars" “a seamless mix of grit and softness with engaging lyrics and striking melodies.” Rhody’s "Journey” (2003) featured guests John Prine, the late John Hartford and Maura O'Connell, among others

Among the many who’ve recorded his songs are The Oak Ridge Boys, Del McCoury, Lorrie Morgan, David Mallett, Ricky Van Shelton, Toby Keith, Tanya Tucker, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Suzy Bogguss, Hoyt Axton, Lee Greenwood, George Jones, Michael Martin Murphey, Murray McLauchlan, The Good Brothers, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Kevin Welch and Kieran Kane.

Alan began playing guitar and learning folk and blues songs for the pure love of it while in art college at The Art Center Association School in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated with a major in painting and is an avid painter today and exhibits whenever possible. His work has also won awards and is in many corporate and private collections including the Nashville Songwriters Assoc., Kentucky Trust Company, Sony ATV Music Publishing, Willie Nelson and Kathy Mattea. Samples of his art work can be found on his website,

Alan's best known songs include the #1 country classic, "I'll Be True To You" (The Oak Ridge Boys), which crossed into the pop charts as well and has earned BMI's Million-Airs Award along with selling quadruple platinum (four million in sales) domestically. Two more of Alan’s original compositions that launched careers, with heavy airplay and platinum sales status, include "Trainwreck Of Emotion" (Lorrie Morgan), c/w Jon Vezner, and "Wild-Eyed Dream" (Ricky Van Shelton). His "Christmas To Christmas", c/w Ron Hellard, (Toby Keith/Tanya Tucker/Lee Greenwood) is now among North America's perennial holiday favorites.

Alan or his music have been featured on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", Sirius XM radio charts, CMT, The Travel Channel, and Country, University and Community stations around the globe.

"He has earned a level of respect and recognition that places him in the vanguard of pioneers of the contemporary roots music movement.”
-Toronto Star

“Rhody carries the resume that would make any fan of solid songwriting sit up and listen. But it’s his
heart-stopping songs and uncluttered playing that will grab you and make you stick around. And fall in love.”
--Performing Songwriter Magazine

"Solid, tough, trim and clear as a bell. He is consistently head and shoulders above the pack."
--Kevin Welch, artist/writer, Dead Reckoner

"You can at once laugh out loud and a few seconds later be put in the most somber of moods."
--American Songwriter