2011 Legend Member
                                           Tommy Dodd

   

The son of a career Air Force family, Tommy Dodd has lived all over the world. His love of music came naturally. His mother and brother both enjoyed singing, and his father played several instruments, including steel guitar.

He had his first steel guitar lesson at the age of 13 when they were stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. Just two years later, at age 15, Tommy was performing at shows and dances around the Tampa, Florida area.

Summerville, South Carolina was the last stop after Tommy’s father retired from the military, and where he graduated high school in 1967.

Tommy moved to Charlotte, NC, in 1968 and attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he earned his engineering degree. He then began his professional recording career at Mark Five Studios in Greenville, South Carolina.

Tommy has contributed his talents to the recordings of such icons as Travis Tritt and Doug Stone.

 

He has also played with The Supremes, as well as an impressive array of country giants at the 1994 Super Bowl half-time show featuring Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, and the Judds. But, he says his greatest claim-to-fame came early in 1972 while playing with JD Sumner and the Stamps, when he actually shared the stage with Elvis!

Working full-time now as a studio musician, Tommy plays frequently with local bands in Georgia and with artists from Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. And, you don’t have to look far for evidence of this “Bodacious Bobcat’s” contributions to multiple productions of Always, Patsy - the much loved story of the late, great Patsy Cline.

Tommy is called upon regularly for studio work, and he has 6 personal/instrumental CD projects of his own. He has endorsements with Peavey Electronics, SteelSeats.com, and Mullen Steel Guitars. Tommy represents the steel guitar community for the Line-6 POD effects units, which come loaded with his own steel guitar pre-sets; and, he personally designed and manufactures a custom bracket used to attach the POD to the steel guitar leg.

In addition to his music, Tommy also has a printing business, providing screen-printing, heat transfer and vinyl lettering for items such as t-shirts, hats and aprons – as well as personalizing cases and just about anything else you would want to label.

Tommy has lived in the Atlanta area since the early 70’s. He and his wife, Donna, actively support the Georgia Steel Guitar Association (GaSGA).    Their blended family includes 4 grown sons, three daughters-in-law and 5 grandchildren.


L to R (Back Row):  Joey Brown, Jimmy Wayne Tipton, unknown, Clint Black, Jana Rae, Hap Hall
Front Row:  Mark Wills, Travis Tritt, Mike Steel, Jeff Williams, Tommy Dodd
                

L to R:  James Childers, Tommy Dodd, Junior Childers, Bobby Johnson, Randy Scoggins, Gerry Hall
       
 

L to R:  Tommy Dodd, Woody Ledford, Roger Roach, Tony Ledford 

L to R:  Elvis Presley, Tommy Dodd Joe Huffman
   

         
                                L to R: Joe Carnes, Tommy Dodd, Sid Manley, Dave Johnson, Jimmy Brinkley                                           

    

L to R (Back Row): ?, Tommy Dodd, Frank Richardson, ? (Front) Jerry Rollins, Julian Smith                                                                                                                           

 
 
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