Headliners: Who to find on local stages

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Lake Oconee Living goes backstage with some of the area’s best-known musicians to find out what motivates them, what inspires them, and what keeps their toes tapping. Catch them on  local stages around the lake this summer.

ERIC DODD

How do you describe your musical style?

My musical style is really a testament to what I grew up listening to. When you are a music lover at 13 years old, you don’t really think in terms of genres. You listen and you feel. I just so happened to gravitate towards a wide range of sounds. I grew up on my brother’s collection of 90’s alternative rock CD’s and all of the great 90s country. I was also drawn towards singer-songwriters like Van Morrison, Robert Earl Keen, Ryan Adams, and believe it or not, rappers like 2 Pac and Eminem. I am also a big Jack Johnson and Bob Marley fan. So, my music has a little bit of all of my influences. If I had to describe my music to someone that hasn’t heard me before, it would be “Rocking Country with a little swag and depth.”

What song is your biggest crowd favorite?

“If The Ocean Was Whiskey” is definitely the fan favorite. There is just something about that one. More recently, “Outskirts,” which is our newest single, has been exciting to perform and see everyone singing along. There is no better feeling than knowing you are writing material that your fans can relate to and have fun with.

Which song is your personal favorite? Why?

My personal favorite is “A Dozen Roses.” I released it in 2011 and actually penned it in 30 minutes here on Lake Oconee. It is the most honest song I have ever written, and we still love playing it as a band. I think we will be rockin’ that one as long we perform together.

What CD would we find in your player right now?

You would find a mix CD containing Jason Isbell, Justin Bieber, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Ryan Adams, and My Morning Jacket. Again, I have quite the varied ear, and yes, I still burn CD’s from songs I have purchased on iTunes. I guess you could say I am kind of old school.

What is your instrument of choice?

I love my acoustic guitar and still play so many shows with just me and my acoustic. Her name is Savannah, and she is six years old.

Which musical icon has influenced you the most?

There is no doubt that the late Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) is my greatest influence and musical icon. He had already passed when I started learning the guitar, but I was still so inspired by his/Nirvana’s songs. He is the reason I started writing songs.

Are there any acquaintances who have impacted you along the way?

Most recently, I would have to say Ed Roland from Collective Soul is a friend that has impacted me. I met Ed through one of my best buds, Jesse Triplett, who is C Soul’s lead guitar player. It is really amazing to see Ed’s unwavering passion for those hit songs after playing them for a long time, having so much success and sustaining that drive to continue creating and performing.

Which album was your favorite/most memorable to work on, and why?

I can honestly say the new six-song EP, “FUN/FIRE/RAIN,” was the most memorable to work on. First of all, it was the most work having written 200 songs to find the right ones, but it was a lot of fun recording it with Jesse Triplett and I think we have something special with this one.

Which song lyrics stand out most in your mind?

“The road goes on forever and the party never ends”

– Robert Earl Keen Jr.

What song over the years are you most proud of? Which one speaks to you or reflects your being?

A song called “Dynamite.” I co-wrote it with my buddy, Alex Hall, and it is so special because we moved to Nashville together and were roommates for the first year. It was one of the first ones we wrote together in our “far from luxurious apartment.” Two months ago, we received news that a national country recording artist will be cutting it and making it his own to release. This is my first big break as a songwriter. I can’t wait to hear what the artist does with it, and hopefully, we will hear it on the radio by the end of 2016.

What project are you currently working on?

smallEricDoddI am writing in Nashville four days a week and think I have co-written 250 songs since I made the move in March 2014. So, I am always working. I love the songwriting process, and I love creating something from scratch day in and day out. I am releasing the six-song EP, “FUN/FIRE/RAIN” later this summer, and that’s where my focus is. We will be releasing a music video for the first single, “Outskirts” and have plans to start shooting for the second single soon.

If you could perform with anybody, past or present, on any stage, who and where would that be? Why?

I would have to say Bob Dylan. He is probably the best and most prolific songwriters ever. I can only imagine sharing a song with him at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville or Eddie’s Attic in Decatur.

What is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you in the music industry? Any advice you would give for up-and-comers?

When I was finishing up at UGA and studying the Music Business under Bruce Burch, he told me that the music business is one of survival. He said, if you have the talent and drive and won’t take “no” for an answer, you have a shot. I think I have survived the toughest and most brutal times. This business throws a lot of curve balls and will chew you up and spit you out, but you have to keep the faith.

For aspiring musicians and artists, I would say to develop yourself. Don’t expect anyone else to do it for you because they won’t. No one needs to or is going to work harder for you than you. You have to learn to perform live, get comfortable on stage and know who you are and have a true vision. If you are a writer, write a lot of songs. These days you don’t need a big record label or radio to “make it.” For the most part, you will make your living playing shows, being smart, and hoping people buy your T-Shirts because they aren’t really buying CD’s or downloading songs anymore.

Where can people find you on stage this summer?

We will be doing some festivals this summer and we have a special show coming up on July 8 at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta. We are back around the SEC/college towns this fall. People can visit my website www.ericdoddmusic.com for more info.

TIM CADIERE
Tim Cadiere & Washboard RoadsmallTim

As a Louisiana native, you’ve got a pretty distinct sound. How would you describe your musical style?

I guess the simplest way to put it is “Country with a Cajun twist.” It’s easy for that Cajun influence to show up in a lot of our songs and it has helped set us apart.

What song is your biggest crowd favorite?

“Jambalaya” by Hank Williams. It’s perfect for that country-Cajun blend.

Which song is your personal favorite and why?

“Proud” because it’s an original that touches everyone. We wrote that song after (Army Spc.) Erica Alecksen was killed in Afghanistan. She was from Eatonton and it really hit close to home. So we wanted “Proud” to really show how much the sacrifices of our soldiers touch all of our lives.

What’s in your CD player right now?

George Strait.

What is your instrument of choice?

Guitar.

Which musical icon has influenced you the most?

George Strait.

Are there any acquaintances who have impacted you along the way?

Songwriter Rick Tiger – a fellow Louisiana boy who ended up in Nashville.

Which album was your favorite/most memorable to work on, and why?

“Proud” was a great project to put together because it was a story album.

Which of your song lyrics stand out most in your mind?

“Soak it up.” It’s just a fun song that sticks in your head and you never get tired of performing it.

What song are you most proud of?

“If That Boat Could Talk.” It’s a song about life, love, and family – the most important thing in my world.

What project are you currently working on?

I’m planning to have a Christmas album ready this year. I’ve got a bunch of songs that are already cut and just trying to finish up, so I think I can get it done. Most of the songs are recuts from classics and we’re just putting that Cajun twist on it that’s really cool. We’ll have “Please Come Home For Christmas,” our own version of “Silent Night,” and Aaron Neville’s “Louisiana Christmas Day” which has great fiddling on it. I’m really having fun with this project.

If you could perform with anybody, past or present, who would that be?

Hank Williams Sr.

What piece of advice do you live by?

“Always have fun and it will never feel like a job.” That sums up what I do perfectly.

Where can people find you on stage this summer?

I’ll be on the B.I.G. Porch at Bone Island Grillhouse, in the corner of the bar at Silver Moon, and many local events and parties. People can follow us on Facebook or at www.TimCadiere.com for dates and times.

smallSavannahWebb2SAVANNAH WEBB

How do you describe your musical style?

I’ve been singing as long as I can remember. My dad was a huge Lynyrd Skynyrd fan and so am I. I’ve always enjoyed Rock n’ Roll and I do incorporate that in my style of music. I hate to put a label on myself as far as genre but I would have to say that my style is Southern Rock and Blues.

Which song is your personal favorite? Why?

My most favorite original songs are “One More Day” and “Whiskey It Is.” Both songs are extremely relatable; Whiskey is good and weekends are too short when with you’re with someone you love.

What CD would we find in your player right now?

Chris Stapleton.

Which musical icon has influenced you the most?

My influences include Etta James, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, Adele, and Blackberry Smoke.

Are there any acquaintances who have impacted you along the way?

Josh Conner is my full-time guitar player to whom I owe everything. He’s been my best friend and the reason I’m doing so well today.

What has been one of your favorite projects?

I won Lake Oconee Idol in 2014 and that was a lot of fun.

What project are you currently working on?

I am under management with Total Entertainment Management, which also works with Cochran Road Band out of Madison – another band to be on the lookout for this summer. I’m most excited about being nominated for Female Artist of the Year at www.Georgia-Country.com. I’m hoping everyone will go to the website to vote and help me win!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

To be myself and to find what makes Savannah happy and to follow that. Many refer to me as a powerhouse, but I just think I’m a girl who has been blessed with a talent that needs to be shared.

Where can people find you on stage this summer?

You can find us at The Pickle Barrel Cafe at Lake Oconee July 2nd and Who Cares Bar and No Grill on July 15. Find us on Facebook and Reverb Nation at The Savannah Webb Band.

smallFuzzy1FUZZY & THE WORKS

How do you describe your musical style?

I grew up on early 60s R& B, but I love rock, funk, and singing other genres as well. They all come out on stage.

What song is your biggest crowd favorite?

“Some Kind of Wonderful” by Grand Funk Railroad.

What song do you personally love performing most and why?

“Stand By Me” by Ben E King. We all relate to needing someone to be there for us. I changed it up, add verses, and I sing and perform it “Fuzzy’s way.”

What CD would we find in your player right now?

“Supply & Demand” by Amos Lee. I love his song called “Skipping Stone.”

What is your instrument of choice? Or what is your “dream” instrument?

The harmonica, but I wish I had stayed with piano lessons at age 7 so I could be singin’ and playin’ at the same time.

Which musical icon has influenced you the most?

Ray Charles, because he just had wonderful freedom in his phrasing and melody. And James Brown, of course, for his high-energy performance power.

Are there any acquaintances who have impacted you along the way?

Over the years, many friends and fellow musicians have helped me grow, especially Brian Clarke, Don Tew, and Kenny Walters.

Which album was your favorite/most memorable to work on, and why?

In the early 70s, I recorded some originals with my band and have sung on other musicians’ demos but have mainly covered other artists with my own style.

What are some song lyrics that stand out most in your mind?

This one song by Paul Thorn is just fun to perform. The lyrics for “That’s A Lie” go like this, “I didn’t sleep with your woman, we stayed awake all night. I’m telling the truth, I heard her whispering your name boy, while I was holding her tight.”

What song “speaks to you?”

“With a Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles. I think that we all get by with a little help from our friends. It’s true for all mankind.

What project are you currently working on?

I work with Mike Branyon as Fuzzy & the Works. I also have been working with Kenny Smith on recreating some old standards from the 50s and 60s at his studio in Eatonton.

If you could perform with anybody, past or present, on any stage, who and where would that be? Why?

Definitely with The Who, at Woodstock, singing two of my favorite songs from that era – “Can You See The Real Me” and “See Me, Feel Me.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you for playing on stage?

Forget your ego, feel the energy in the room, and play harnessing that energy.

Where can people find you on stage this summer?

I play every Wednesday and every other Monday at The Silver Moon, and also Maria’s Cantina, Harbor Club, and First Friday events at Harmony Crossing. For my monthly schedule you can email me at fuzzy@plantationcable.net

SCOTT DEERING
Blind Driver Band

smallScottDeeringYou sing and play drums for Blind Driver. How would you describe the band’s musical style?

We are a Classic Rock, Funk, and Blues kind of band.

What song is your biggest crowd favorite?

“Alright Now” by Free.

What is your personal favorite? Why?

“Statesboro Blues.”  Why? Statesboro, Ga., Allman Brothers. Need I say more?

What CD would we find in your player right now?

Boston, Van Halen, and Rod Stewart.

If you didn’t play drums, what would be your “dream” instrument?

Bag pipes. That way I could really entertain at the Irish Pub that my wife Angela and I built behind our house in Liberty. We call it Neary’s Pub and it’s just a great gathering place. Bag pipes would be fun there.

Which musical icon has influenced you the most?

Eric Clapton. 

The song lyrics that stand out most in your mind?

“Black Water” by the Doobie Brothers.

What project are you currently working on?

Right now I am getting our place ready for our annual music festival, Wildwood Music Festival, that we host at our home in early June. It’s incredible. We get great crowds and we’ve already raised a good bit of money for Atlas Ministries. We’ve got John Dunn and the Jazzmen and UPANG coming to join us and I’m just really looking forward to it. This is our third year putting on the festival and it gets bigger every year.

If you could perform with anybody, past or present, on any stage, who and where would that be? Why?

Vince Gill at the Ryman Auditorium.

Aside from the Wildwood Music Festival on June 11, where else can people find you on stage?

We’re heading to Harley Davidson of Greenville, S.C. next, but we play at the Lake Oconee Elks Lodge regularly. We’ll be there July 15 and Aug. 12. We’re also playing at the First Friday event at Harmony Crossing on Sept. 2 and in downtown Eatonton on Oct. 1. In between there are a lot of private parties, weddings, and corporate events. People can follow us on Facebook or visit www.blinddriverband.com for upcoming shows.

 

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