We say that classic apparel from The Dapper Dog will take you from the backroads to the boardroom, the tailgate to the toast and the links to the lounge. Our brand ambassadors can be seen wearing Dapper Dog apparel in each of these places. First, allow us to introduce you to Eric Dodd, who grew up not too far from The Dapper Dog’s hometown of Athens, Georgia.
“Whether it’s writing songs or playing shows, it’s all about getting to the people and keeping in touch with them.”
– Eric Dodd
Dodd grew up in Lake Oconee, Ga. chasing two things: golf balls and guitar. He had a passion and natural gift for both. He earned a golf scholarship to Georgia College and State University, where he majored in business. When he wasn’t playing in golf tournaments, he was playing in frat houses with his band. He eventually transferred to the University of Georgia to pursue a degree in music business and immerse himself in the fertile Athens music scene (R.E.M, Drive-By Truckers). But in the end, it was lyrics over links that brought him to Music City.
Dodd first gained national attention as a CMT Discovery Artist, but he honed his craft playing more than 200 dates a year throughout the southeast performing in clubs, SEC colleges, and music halls where his likable personality, feel-good lyrics, musicianship, and energetic stage presence earned him a faithful following in a region with strong musical tastes and a deep pool of talent.
He’s opened for Sam Hunt, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Corey Smith, Cole Swindell, and Zac Brown Band. It was his opening for Sister Hazel’s sold-out show at the Georgia Theatre in Athens that was especially meaningful. “That experience of opening for Sister Hazel in the same town where I earned my degree in music business has to be one of my favorite moments onstage. It was definitely a full-circle moment,” says Dodd.
His musical journey has him weaving seamlessly between rock, country, and Americana with themes that speak to the heart of Friday night, as well as Monday morning. As a songwriter, he can be sweetly nostalgic and equally rambunctious. On “The Reason,” the debut single from his upcoming self-titled EP, Dodd sings with equal parts ache and authenticity. Inspired by the example of his grandparents, Dodd writes about love and relationships with a heightened level of sincerity, respect, and honesty.
“That’s the type of love that lasts and inspires me,” he says with full candor. “There are ups and downs of course, but that is the love that endures and sets the bar for every generation that follows. It’s something I want to live up to in my own marriage.”
He’s a romantic with a wild side. Dodd also sang and co-wrote the theme song for “Wild Outdoors,” the longest running series on The Sportsman’s Channel. Dodd has also leant his talent to the Georgia Music Foundation, which supports cultural enrichment and music education programs in the state.
Since arriving in Nashville, Dodd has assembled an outstanding group of industry veterans and business leaders to help him reach his career goals including management and label services with Jeffrey Gaccione at Gasworks Entertainment and an exclusive physical and digital distribution deal with The Orchard. Dodd is also a songwriter at MV2 Entertainment, which has a roster of No. 1 hit songwriters including Terry McBride, Clay Mills, and fellow Georgia native, Thomas Archer.