According to the, no doubt, apocryphal story, Alan Sherrod was born in Toronto, Canada in 1955 to Alsatian/German parents. At the age of four, he was accidentally abandoned in an industrial sand and gravel yard by his mother who had gone there, supposedly, to obtain materials for a sand box. Some years later, he was discovered in the LP listening booth of the public library in Buffalo, New York, listening to side ten of Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Asked why he had been missing for so long, he replied: “well…it’s a long opera.”
Alan Sherrod is currently the Classical music and New music critic for the alt-weekly Knoxville Mercury since its launch in March, 2015. Previously he was the Classical Music and New Music critic for the alt-weekly newspaper Metro Pulse from 2007 until its closure by its parent company, E.W. Scripps, in October of 2014. He has contributed to other publications including the Nashville Scene and is the author of the music blog, ArtsKnoxville.
He was the recipient of a 2010 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts — the Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera — under the auspices of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.