Deryl Dodd

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Deryl Dodd
Birth nameDeryl Dwaine Dodd
Born (1964-04-12) April 12, 1964 (age 55)
OriginDallas, Texas, US
Acoustic guitar
Years active1996-present
Smith Music Group
Associated actsTom T. Hall
Tim McGraw
Tracy Lawrence

Deryl Dwaine Dodd (born April 12, 1964) is an American Texas country music artist. Originally a regular on the Texas club circuit, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, soon finding work as a lead guitar player, background vocalist and songwriter. After moving to Nashville in 1991 he played lead guitar for Tracy Lawrence and Martina Mc Bride. By 1996, he was signed to a recording contract, releasing two albums for Columbia Records Nashville before a debilitating bout of viral encephalitis put his career on hiatus.

Having recovered from his encephalitis in 2000, Dodd resumed his singing career, also touring with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. He released a third album for Columbia in 2002, followed by two more albums for Dualtone Records. Overall, Dodd has released five studio albums and a live album, and has charted nine singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His highest-charting single, "A Bitter End", peaked at No. 26 on the country charts and No. 88 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1998-early 1999.


Deryl Dodd was raised in Dallas, Texas, where he played football from an early age.[1] After a career-ending injury, Dodd was persuaded to perform music in clubs throughout the state of Texas. In 1991, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, forming a band along with Brett Beavers, now an established Nashville songwriter.[1] Dodd later found work singing harmony vocals for Martina McBride, Radney Foster, and George Ducas, in addition to playing in Tracy Lawrence's road band, and co-writing a song on Tim McGraw's All I Want album.[1][2]

Dodd signed to Columbia Records in 1996 as a solo act. His first album, One Ride in Vegas, was released that year, producing a Top 40 hit on the U.S. Billboard country music charts in the Tom T. Hall-penned "That's How I Got to Memphis".[1][3] One Ride in Vegas was followed by an eponymous album in 1998; that same year, Dodd was nominated as Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music.[4] His second album, after being delayed due to its initial lead single underperforming at radio,[5] also produced his biggest chart hit to date in "A Bitter End", which peaked at No. 26 on the country charts.

In 1999, Dodd was diagnosed with viral encephalitis, forcing him to temporarily halt his career.[1][6] He remained bedridden for six months, and then went through eighteen months of rehabilitation (which included re-learning how to play guitar).[1] Once he had fully recovered, he attended several writers' nights in Nashville, and was later signed as an opening act on Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul2Soul tour.[2]

Dodd's third and final album for Columbia, Pearl Snaps, was released in 2002. Later, he recorded Live at Billy Bob's Texas, before switching to Dualtone Records in 2004 to release Stronger Proof (2004) and Full Circle (2006).[1][2] In 2009, Dodd released a cover of "Together Again", originally a hit for Buck Owens.[7]



Title Album details Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
One Ride in Vegas 61 14
Deryl Dodd
  • Release date: November 24, 1998
  • Label: Columbia Records
Pearl Snaps
  • Release date: January 29, 2002
  • Label: Lucky Dog Records
Live at Billy Bob's Texas
  • Release date: August 5, 2003
  • Label: Smith Music Group
Stronger Proof
Full Circle
  • Release date: August 8, 2006
  • Label: Dualtone Records
Together Again
  • Release date: August 25, 2009
  • Label: Smith Entertainment
Random as I Am
  • Release date: July 5, 2011
  • Label: Smith Entertainment
Long Hard Ride[8]
  • Release date: April 21, 2017
  • Label: Little Red Truck
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US CAN Country
1996 "Friends Don't Drive Friends…" 68 87 One Ride in Vegas
"That's How I Got to Memphis" 36 38
1997 "Movin' Out to the Country" 61 91
1998 "Time on My Hands" 62 N/A
"A Bitter End" 26 88 44 Deryl Dodd
1999 "Good Idea Tomorrow" 65 89
"John Roland Wood" 64 75
"Sundown" 59 78 Pearl Snaps
"On Earth as It Is in Texas" 71
2002 "Honky Tonk Champagne"
2003 "Things Are Fixin' to Get Real Good" Live at Billy Bob's Texas
2004 "New Tony Lamas"
"Let Me Be" 59 Stronger Proof
2005 "Love or Something Like It"
2006 "I'm Not Home Right Now" Full Circle
2007 "Wearin' a Hole"
2009 "Together Again" Together Again
2010 "Back to the Honky Tonks"
"Death, Taxes and Texas"
2011 "You're Not Looking For"
"Baby Where's My Bottle" Random as I Am
2012 "Anybody Out There"
"Love Around Here"
2013 "Somethin' Ain't Always Better Than Nothin'"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1996 "Friends Don't Drive Friends…" Steven T. Miller/R. Brad Murano
"That's How I Got to Memphis" Marc Ball
1998 "Time on My Hands" chris rogers [sic]
"A Bitter End" Joseph Sassone
2002 "Pearl Snaps" Darren Cameron


  1. ^ a b c d e f g allmusic (((Deryl Dodd > Biography)))
  2. ^ a b c "How Deryl Dodd Got to Texas". Retrieved 2007-07-13.
  3. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (1998-10-24). "Columbia's Dodd Steps into Spotlight". Billboard: 44.
  4. ^ "Dodd Recovers After Health Battle". Retrieved 2007-07-13.
  5. ^ "Reviews". Billboard. December 5, 1998. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Dodd Back On Track". Retrieved 2007-07-13.
  7. ^ Justus, Karlie (2009-08-06). "Deryl Dodd - "Together Again"". Engine 145. Archived from the original on 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
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