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Deryl Dodd a highlight for Summer Music Series at Burnet’s Haley Nelson Park

BURNET — In some ways, Texas country music artist Deryl Dodd’s life could serve as inspiration for a song.

He began his career in the Texas club scene, moved to Nashville, got sick and then resumed his career when he was healthy again.

Dodd is the latest artist of the Summer Music Series sponsored by KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune, The Picayune, Double Eagle Entertainment and the city of Burnet. The show is 8 p.m. at the Haley Nelson Park amphitheater, located off Texas 29 West. Gates open at 6 p.m. Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros will open the show.

The cost is $12 at the gate and $10 in advance.

“(Dodd) hasn’t played in this area for several years,” said Double Eagle Entertainment producer Damon Beierle. “He’s definitely a highlighter for the year, for sure.”

After Dodd moved to Nashville in 1991, he found work as a background vocalist for Martina McBride and Radney Foster and as a songwriter. In 1996, Dodd signed a recording contract with Columbia Records Nashville but, a few years later, was diagnosed with viral encephalitis, which causes inflammation to the brain.

He was bedridden for six months and spent another 18 months in rehabilitation, where he had to re-learn how to play the guitar.

Once he was healthy again in 2000, he began touring with country superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on their Soul2Soul tour.

Two singles, “A Bitter End” and “That’s How I Got to Memphis,” peaked on the U.S. charts at No. 26 and 36, respectively.

A newer single, “Somethin’ Ain’t Always Better Than Nothin’,” hit No. 1 on the Texas Regional Radio Report in late May. It’s off his “Random As I Am” album that also includes “Baby Where’s My Bottle,” “Fallin'” and “Love Around Here.”

“He’s definitely a showman, who wants to put on a show,” Beierle said. “I wanted to bring that to Burnet.”

The concession stand will be managed by the Burnet Volunteer Fire Department.

Go to http://burnetchamber.org to purchase advance tickets.

jfierro@thepicayune.com