At the tender age of 11 years old, Dodd attended his first concert, which happened to be the Counting Crows. Dodd was enchanted by that intangible bolt of awareness that hits you when you really feel something. This was real. This was music. He says he and his older brother Bryan shared a strong bond and love for music and credits his brother for noticing his wide eyes after the show. Bryan introduced his younger, impressionable brother to a wide variety of genres, singer-songwriters and bands. From Bob Dylan to Bob Marley, to Johnny Cash to Robert Earl Keen Jr., Dodd’s education had begun.
While at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Dodd began to scout the local bars and coffee houses; he played anywhere that would let him. With steadfast dedication and hard work, his songwriting and stage presence quickly evolved. He began collaborating with other songwriters around the state and several others in Nashville. Dodd’s interest in the inner workings of the music industry began to take hold, and he moved to Athens to study the business side of his craft. While studying Music Business at the University of Georgia, he paid his dues at the many venues in town including the famous Georgia Theatre. Dodd says, “transferring to U.G.A was a key decision in discovering how I would make music my life.”
His debut album, Time To Decide (released independently in 2011), was a favorite in college towns across the Southeast and contained “If The Ocean Was Whiskey,” the breakout single that you can hear on some Atlanta radio and several local stations across Georgia. Other standout songs include, “A Dozen Roses” and “What Do Ya Say.”
Now 27, fans describe Eric Dodd as an “old soul” with lyrics that subscribe to this observation. His music is accessible to a wide audience, not by design but by influence. His entertaining shows and maturity behind the scenes display the poise one must have to succeed in the music business today.
In 2013, Eric and his band have continued to put their wheels to the pavement, making fans and friends the old fashioned way: playing shows and getting to the people. Most of the year, Eric has been in Nashville recording and writing for his 5 song EP. The much anticipated, self-titled, follow up will release October 8th of this year. Keep your eyes and ears open!
Dodd and his band have been touring the southeast since 2008 and are playing over 175 shows a year. Dodd is one of the Southeast’s most polished and eminent artists.