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Music City comes to Madison

January 21, 2022 - 06:00
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MMCC hosts third concert in series

  • Music City comes to Madison
    Songwriters Eric Dodd, Hannah Dasher, Dylan Altman and Phil Barton perform in the round at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. Contributed by Briann Flowers
  • Music City comes to Madison
    Eric Dodd and Hannah Dasher spend a few moments with fans prior to the concert. Contributed by Briann Flowers
  • Music City comes to Madison
    As expected, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center had a packed house for the Nashville Comes to Madison concert. Contributed by Briann Flowers

The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center hosted the penultimate Music City Comes to Madison concert on Jan. 14 with Lake Country’s own Eric Dodd bringing Nashville talent back to his old stomping grounds.

The third concert in the series consisted of Dodd, Dylan Altman, Hannah Dasher and Phil Barton all performing.

The format has the four songwriters on stage, performing a song, followed by the next songwriter. Each one then offers insight and origins on their songs.

The first two concerts were sold out.

According to the MMCC website, Dodd grew up in Greensboro and earned a golf scholarship to Georgia College and State University and majored in business. Later, he transferred to the University of Georgia to pursue a music business degree and immerse himself in the fertile Athens music scene.

Dodd has shared the stage with Sam Hunt, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Corey Smith, Cole Swindell, Rodney Atkins and recently for Sister Hazel.

Altman is from New Jersey and has been writing and performing in Nashville since 1994. According to the website, he has had three No. 1 songs: Tim McGraw’s “Watch The Wind Blow By,” Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride.”

Dasher has garnered attention with her viral TikTok series, “Stand By Your Pan,” which is described as a Country music-infused cooking show.

Raised in Springfield, Dasher graduated from the University of Georgia and moved into a small attic apartment just off Music Row in Nashville.

“To make ends meet, she began working five days a week selling fishing boats and outboard motors at Bass Pro Shops,” according to the MMCC site. She was later fired for writing songs on the job. Soon after, she landed her first publishing deal and her first cut, Brad Paisley’s “Go To Bed Early,” was from an idea she’d been working on during her last days employed at Bass Pro.

Barton moved to Nashville 12 years ago from Sydney, Australia and his songs have been covered by Lee Brice, Sara Evans, Eli Young Band, David Nail, Dustin Lynch, Rodney Atkins, Cassadee Pope, Drake White, LoCash, High Valley, Jana Kramer, Matt Stell, Ashley McBryde, Seth Ennis, Mickey Guyton, Kristian Bush, Jay Allen, Morgan Evans, Shenodohah, The Shires, and Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots.

During his career, he has had more than 800 songs recorded in country music, children’s and pop genres.