Carnival Music Annexes Dale Dodson
Dynamic Partnership with Sony/ATV Creates Truly Creative Co-Op Opportunity
Nashville: Sony/ATV writer Dale Dodson has always distinguished himself as one of Nashville’s most comprehensive country music historians, and his songs have echoed with the resonance of classics from the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, as well as more modern style songs. Given such far-reaching knowledge of the history and the breadth of this music, his gifts extend beyond any mere title or job description – and through the creative vision of Carnival Music’s Frank Liddell and Sony/ATV’s Troy Tomlinson, Dodson will begin the new year in a cross-company deal that allows him to manifest his myriad gifts in a far more broad-reaching work environment.
“Dale is one of the most confounding people,” explains Liddell, head of one of Nashville’s most independent and outside-the-lines music publishers. “Not only can he write songs that sound like they fell off a 1959 Wurlitzer jukebox, but he has the ability to go into a catalogue and understand what kind of songs suit specific artists, as well as truly getting the writers who aren’t necessarily writing the songs that sound obvious to country radio, but are amazing songs and fits for everyone…
“While I know Sony would never let Dale’s songwriting go,” Liddell continues, “we were able to work with Troy on creating a place for Dale here where he’s able to work with my writers, set-up co-writes, pitch out songs… and possibly help us become a more dynamic company, all the time continuing in his relationship with his primary publisher.”
“Dale is an invaluable resource to us,” agrees Tomlinson. “He knows our heritage catalogue better than I’d say anyone in Nashville – and he understands where those songs should find homes, as well as writing classic old school standards, which have found some amazing homes. But Dale’s gifts are more far-reaching than the standard writer situation, and this opportunity with Carnival will let Dale more fully express his love for songs and artists. We are very excited to have this opportunity to see one of our very best grow in new and exciting ways.”
As a songwriter, Dodson remains under the aegis of Sony/ATV. As a creative services source, Dodson begins the new year as a staff member of Carnival Music. He is an equal member of each team – and is looking to find new and exciting ways to explore his great love of country.
“When you look at the writers who’ve been part of Sony/ATV, that is a lineage I’ve always taken very seriously,” Dodson says. “I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Hank Williams, Bobby Braddock, Willie Nelson, Dean Dillon, and many others… and to be able to be a part of watching Carnival Music, a place that’s always signed writers’ writers like Bruce Robeson, Natalie Hemby, Troy Jones and Scooter Carusoe, develop into hopefully the same piece of the same kind country music history is a challenge and a thrill I’m looking forward to.”
Dale Dodson, a native of Berkeley Springs, WV, came to Nashville in 1987 to work in the shows at Opryland, did a short stint with Evelyn Shriver Public Relations and started at Sony/Tree in 1992 as a writer who also consulted on catalogue from Hank Cochran, Buck Owens, Harlan Howard and the myriad back catalogues under the Sony/ATV umbrella. As a writer, his covers include “Look Who’s Back In Town” by George Strait, CMA Vocal Collaboration nominee “Good News, Bad News” and Grammy nominee “We Called It Everything But Quits” by George Strait and Lee Ann Womack, “20 Years and 2 Husbands Ago” by Womack, “Senses” by Reba McEntire and “I Bought The Shoes That Just Walked Out On Me” by Dierks Bentley.