Alan Rhody is an American songwriter, singer, guitarist, harmonica player and record producer, with ten solo albums to his credit and over 100 covers of his original material. Rhody tours year-round and what he loves best is “connecting with an audience and having a great time.” His latest release, his tenth indie album, “Farther On” has earned critical acclaim from folks like, music journalist and author, Robert K. Oermann – “Music City troubadour Alan Rhody has a new CD titled Farther On. It features his songwriting collaborations with Guy Clark, Murray McLauchlan and Don Henry and a feast of solo works. Not the least of the latter, is his new recording of “I’ll Be True To You,” once a hit by The Oak Ridge Boys. Rhody’s track is stunning and his original, long version reveals just how powerful the song really is. This fellow is one of those rare individuals who can hold you completely spellbound with just his axe and his voice.”
A Louisville, Kentucky native, Rhody created the new album, off and on, over a one year period, in his home studio, playing and singing everything, keeping it simple and letting the songs be heard in their unrefined simplicity and directness. His easy-to-listen-to baritone, slowly pulls you in, as you’re given a personal and evocative picture of this well-loved singer-songwriter. Two of his paintings and a recent poem add a nice touch as well.
Some of Rhody’s previous releases have included guests: John Prine, the late John Hartford, Sam Bush, Jamie Hartford, David Rawlings and Maura O’Connell. He’s also known as the songwriter of “That Ol’ Train” (Del McCoury Band), which has been all over bluegrass radio since spring 2018 and the #1 country-folk classic, “I’ll Be True To You” (Oak Ridge Boys); “Wild-Eyed Dream” (Ricky Van Shelton); “Trainwreck Of Emotion” (Lorrie Morgan / Del McCoury); “Christmas To Christmas” ( Toby Keith / Tanya Tucker / Lee Greenwood) and others by Suzie Boggus; Michael Martin Murphey; Atlanta Rhythm Section; Hoyt Axton; Lynn Anderson and George Jones.
Touring since the late 1980s, Rhody’s music has also been featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered” along with numerous network TV appearances in the U.S. and Canada.
“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 is a singer-songwriter of unusual clarity and intelligence.” -Nashville Tennessean
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.