Saturday, August 25, 2012

Meet Alan Rhody

Friday, September 7th - 6:00PM 
 VBC Playhouse Huntsville, AL

Alan Rhody
To date, Rhody has released nine independent solo albums. His latest, "Led by Love" (2012) is a living breathing testimony to his own life's lessons and to his story-telling in song, sometimes dark or melancholy observations of the world we live in but also sometimes extremely humorous. Rhody is at his poetic and energetic best on the new record, whether dealing with petty crime or real love ("Somebody To Care") for which there is a new video out, or war through the eyes of a young boy ("Arrowhead") or the sad absence of honesty and trust in today's politics and some of the out of control media ("They Call Me The Truth"), as well as his more vunerable personal side ("Old D-28"). The new record also includes guest spots from Sam Bush on mandolin and fiddle and slide guitar from Mike Henderson along with the very "in the pocket" and expressive tracks and lead parts by Guthrie Trapp (guitars/mondolin), Rick Lonow (drums/percussion) and Mike Bub (bass).

After moving to Nashville, Tennessee in fall, 1977, he soon found himself with a fast moving hit on his hands by a gospel quartet making their first ventures into country music. Rhody would later included the song on his own first full length album, "Stop The Rain" (1981). The song was his haunting ballad, "I'll Be True To You" and the former gospel group was The Oak Ridge Boys. Now over four million in sales and having become a "Country Classic" on radio worldwide, "I'll Be True To You" first hit #1 on all three country charts and crossed over into the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1978.

Alan's Songs Covered By:
His songs have been covered by a long list of major artists in country, folk and bluegrass and include several other top hits. Some of those artists are: 

Del McCoury; Maine's David Mallett; Canada's Murray McLauchlan, The Good Brothers and Ron Hynes; The Atlanta Rhythm Section; Suzy Boggus; Michael Martin Murphey; Kevin Welch; Kieran Kane; The Oak Ridge Boys; Lorrie Morgan; George Jones; Toby Keith; Lee Greenwood; John Schneider; Lynn Anderson; Ricky Van Shelton and Tanya Tucker.

Press Releases:
"A singer-songwriter of uncommon clarity and intelligence " - Peter Cooper, The Tennessean

"He has earned a level of respect and recognition that places him in 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, Music Journalist, Author, Historian

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

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