While proud of his Lake Oconee roots, Eric Dodd will be the first to tell you he’s, “Not just another Georgia boy.” Attributing his obsession with music to his brother and a Counting Crows concert, Dodd’s musical education became as varied as it was influential. “My big brother, Bryan, introduced me to a wide range of genres, singer-songwriters, and bands from Bob Dylan to Bob Marley, Stone Temple Pilots to 2Pac, and Nirvana to Tim McGraw. I could only hope to be as influential a songwriter and performer to someone as they were to me.”
Receiving a golf scholarship to Georgia College & State University, Eric took the opportunity to scout and play the local bars, pubs and coffee house circuit. After learning the art, stage presence and establishing a songwriting style in these smaller venues, he began collaborating with writers around Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee. Dodd’s interest in the inner workings of the music industry would end up taking him out of the collegiate golf world to study Music Business at the University of Georgia. “Transferring to UGA was a key decision in discovering how I would make music my life and my life music,” Dodd says. While obtaining his degree, he never stopped paying his musical dues and playing local and regional venues.
His debut album, Time To Decide (released independently in 2011), quickly became a favorite in college towns across the Southeast. His breakout single, “If The Ocean Was Whiskey,” can still be heard on radio stations throughout Georgia.
A strong believer in the power of garnering loyal fans the ‘old-fashioned’ way, Eric and his band spent 2013 touring. Committed to giving his fans his much anticipated sophomore album release, he finished his self-titled five-song EP that same year. Fan favorites included, “Don’t Give Up On Georgia” and “Knew That It Was Love.”
Following the buzz and enthusiasm for his career from some folks on Music Row, Eric Dodd made the move to Nashville in 2014. A year later, he made his CMA Country Music Festival debut and is just getting started.