By Shannon Frost Greenstein

It was an ordinary day at the radio station…until it wasn’t.

Because it was Cale Dodds Day.

We were lucky enough to not only meet Cale Dodds, but to hear him perform.  And, #sorrynotsorry, we are obsessed.

First of all, he’s adorable.  He’s got a sweet face, a deep voice, and perfect manners.  Throw in a down home Southern accent, and there’s literally nothing not to like about this guy.

Then there’s his music.  He’s got it.  You know…it.  That thing that makes some people who play the guitar true musicians.  It’s a stage presence, or a kind of savant talent, but he took to the Mealey’s X Lounge stage for a solo performance, and it was as if an entire band was in the space.  He owned it.

We got a little window into his life, and a big part of it seems to be family.  He spoke of his mother, going into the studio on her birthday and her requesting that he write a hit song for her.  (He did.)  He talked about his childhood, his musical influences, his early memories.  (A standout one is a third grade car ride where he first heart Tom Petty and felt moved, felt that way for the rest of the day, a feeling he tries to recapture in his own music.)

Ultimately, it was a great day in the X Lounge, and we genuinely felt a twinge to watch him leave.  He felt instantly like a friend, like a fellow music fan, and we can’t wait until we hear from him again!


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