Deryl Dodd

For the Sake of the Song

Texas Platters

Deryl Dodd

Random As I Am (Smith Entertainment)

In the late 1990s, Dallas' Deryl Dodd was a hot prospect in Nashville. Then a bout with viral encephalitis sidelined him. Recovered for the better part of a decade, Dodd returns with Random As I Am, his seventh disc, which retains traces of his Music City experience. Dodd offers proof that smooth, well-crafted songs, whether rock-edged like "Somethin Aint Always Better Than Nothin" or warm-blooded ballads like "Anybody Out There," will never lose their pull. Recommended to Radney Foster fans. ***

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