As a songwriter, Alan Rhody is best known for the #1 country-pop classic, “I’ll Be True ToYou” (Oak Ridge Boys); “Wild-Eyed Dream” (Ricky Van Shelton); “Trainwreck Of Emotion” (Lorrie Morgan /Del McCoury #1 bluegrass); “Christmas To Christmas” (Toby Keith/Tanya Tucker/Lee Greenwood) plus songs recorded by George Jones; Suzy Bogguss; Michael Martin Murphey; Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper; Atlanta Rhythm Section; Lynn Anderson; Barbara Fairchild and hit songwriter, singer and actor, Hoyt Axton and many more.
His latest solo release, “Farther On” (his tenth), recorded, sung and played by Rhody, is a bare bones production, showing the songs in their simplest, but very effective form. It features co-writes with the late great Guy Clark as well as Grammy™ winner, Don Henry and a very moving take on the Mickey Newbury gem, “Wish I Was.” Some of Alan’s past releases have co-starred friends John Prine, John Hartford, Sam Bush, Barry “Byrd” Burton (Amazing Rhythm Aces), Maura O’Connell and David Rawlings, among others.
In a career that now spans over forty years of writing and touring, Rhody’s music has been featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered” plus Network radio and television programs around the world (without the internet). As an artist himself, he’s made many network TV appearances in the U.S. and Canada. Early on, as a full-time musician, he wrote, produced and sang TV and radio jingles. And he likes conducting songwriting workshops whenever possible while on the road.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Alan took up guitar and harmonica while in art college, where he majored in painting. He’s actually created the art for the Frank Brown Festival five different times along the way.
“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, music critic, author, historian