Sister Hazel

Sister Hazel

Eric Dodd

Sat, April 22, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


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This event is all ages

Sister Hazel
Sister Hazel
Sister Hazel is living the dream.

In the 15+ years that they have been recording and performing as a band, they have accomplished something that for most artists is only a dream: they have built a career with a solid foundation, seemingly impenetrable by the shifting sands of the record industry and the economy.

For much of the last decade, Sister Hazel has built an empire of ‘Hazelnuts’ through savvy marketing, hard work and plain-old, undeniable talent.

From a musical perspective, the band has always had the same approach to the creative process. The engine that drives them is based on the fundamental principles that attracted the attention of a major label, garnered hit singles on the radio and endeared them to a legion of avid fans: well-crafted, hook-infused songs complimented by solid instrumentation and lush harmony vocals.

Amazingly, their secret weapon is not a secret. It’s no more of a secret than their reputation for being professional, funny and--not so amazingly--really damned good.

In fact, it’s not a secret at all that they have built their career success and national name recognition through their chart-topping hits, countless national media appearances, relentless touring and the release of eight full-length albums. Additionally, true to its innovative spirit, Sister Hazel is responsible for the creation of two annual events that serve as their own personal ‘fan fest’ opportunities, both of which offer them an unprecedented chance to commune with their dedicated followers.

Originating from Gainesville, FL, Sister Hazel is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing Songwriter Magazine.

Their unbreakable bond with fans is demonstrated annually at their innovative ‘Rock Boat’ excursion, the world’s largest floating music festival. Pioneers in the ‘full-on fan experience,’ Sister Hazel has been hosting their own cruise ship fan party for more than a decade, introducing their followers to developing talent at the same time they are spending quality time and having fun with their captive audience.

Sister Hazel’s upcoming “Rock Boat XIV: The World’s Greatest Floating Music Festival” will set sail February 22 – 26, 2014.

The second ‘fan-centric’ event is better known as The Hazelnut Hang, which takes place annually at The Windjammer on South Carolina’s Isle of Palms and will take place in June 2014.

Aside from these up-close-and-personal fan encounters, Sister Hazel has been equally attentive to connecting with their audience through social media. Their Twitter followers are nearing the 1 million mark and last year, they did several interactive web-based events.

Commercial pursuits aside, at the heart of this band is their desire to do good work. The band itself is named after a now-famous nun from the Gainesville area who has dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of her fellow humans. Sister Hazel the band is true to their namesake, having taken on two major charitable projects with Feed The Children and Lyrics For Life. Lyrics For Life is a charity founded by singer Ken Block as a memorial for his younger brother, Jeffrey. It unites musicians and celebrities for concerts and auctions to benefit cancer research and patient-care charities.

The dream for all musicians is to find a way to use their gifts to support themselves and their families at the same time they are enriching the lives of others. For Sister Hazel, it’s an honor to be living that dream every day.
Eric Dodd
Eric Dodd
"Pursue what you love, what you are passionate about. Don't let somebody else dictate your life's path."
- 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.

Eric moved to Nashville in 2014 and dedicated the last two years to writing. He performed at his first CMA Festival in 2015. When he went to record his new EP, FUN / FIRE / RAIN, he discovered he had more than 300 songs to choose from his catalogue. "This EP is reflective of everything I've been through as a teen and young adult, and is kind of my introduction to the world as an artist. I hope the lyrics, my story, will speak to a lot of people. A little partying, a little love makin, and a little heart achin'," laughs Eric. "'Fun" and 'Outskirts' are party songs. 'Burned,' and 'Relapse' are true stories of heartbreak and 'Rain Rain' and 'Damn Love' are both lighthearted, and will even make you nod a little."
Venue Information:
Variety Playhouse
1099 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA, 30307