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VAN WERT, Ohio - Spend an evening with song writing legend Alan Rhody at the Black Swamp Bistro on Thursday, Oct. 11. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door or call (567) 259-3064 to reserve your table now!

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 vulnerable personal side ("Old D-28").

In the fall of 1977, Rhody soon found himself with a fast moving hit on his hands by a gospel quartet making their first venture 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 who will be appearing at the Performing Arts Center in Van Wert later this year. The song has sold over four million copies and has 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.

For the last thirty-plus years, Alan Rhody has been delighting audiences across North America, at festivals, theaters, universities, and folk clubs. 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, The Atlanta Rhythm Section; Suzy Boggus; Michael Martin Murphey; The Oak Ridge Boys; Lorrie Morgan; George Jones; Toby Keith; Lee Greenwood; John Schneider; Lynn Anderson; Ricky Van Shelton and Tanya Tucker.

For a list of all upcoming shows at the Black Swamp Bistro visit our website at www.visionarypromotions.org.