About Eric Dodd
- Jack Nicklaus
Happy Gilmore, Caddie Shack, Tin Cup…… the list goes on and on of famous golf movies. For Eric Dodd, growing up as the Director of Golf’s son on Lake Oconee, Georgia, offered up a real life The Legend of Bagger Vance, and taught him the importance of discipline at an early age. “Golf taught me patience and persistence. During the summers, my mom would drop me off at the course, and I would play from sun up til sun down. If the course wasn’t too busy, Dad would have his assistant golf pros take me out to play. I learned a lot during those rounds; probably a little more than Mom would have liked. Late nights with friends after days filled with golf started early. It was all a part of the lake life and was a great way to grow up,” says the singer/songwriter
Unlike the rest of his peers, Eric had his sites on something beyond the golden horizon of Lake Oconee. “When I was 13 or so, I was fortunate to have my older brother, Bryan, take me to concerts (Bob Dylan and Counting Crows, to name a few) and for sharing his love of music with me. Nirvana would become my favorite band, and my first guitar was a black and white Fender Strat like the one Kurt Cobain played on the ‘In Utero Tour.’” At age 14, Eric wrote his first song and switched over to acoustic guitar as he honed his craft. “I was influenced by a variety of singer-songwriters and also being a 90’s kid, hip hop was a big deal to me. My influences range from 2 Pac, Eminem, Van Morrison, Johnny Cash, Robert Earl Keen, Stone Temple Pilots - so my musical taste has never been confined to one genre. I guess if I had to put it in a category it would just be good music,” jokes Eric.
Eric went on to earn a golf scholarship to Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia, but between gigging and 6 a.m. workouts, the athlete/songwriter had to make a decision about the direction of his future. Music won! “I transferred to the University of Georgia where I entered their Music Business program. Athens is a town with a strong musical heritage. I learned how to manage my music career, booking my own shows, recording my songs and building/developing my band and sound.” During his senior year at Georgia, Eric’s band opened for the Zac Brown Band at the legendary Georgia Theatre. “Drive-By Truckers (Jason Isbell was in the band at that time) were also big hometown heroes so our set included alternative country/americana covers, but we continued to play originals and the crowds seemed to really take to my tunes. At that point, I figured I may have a future in this business,” smiles Dodd.