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Doc Hodges: Bio

Doc Hodges was born an old soul into a General Motors family in Flint, Michigan.  In many ways, the ups and downs that Flint has experienced are paralleled in his own life.  As a young man in the late 1980s, Doc moved to Tennessee as the well of jobs in Flint began to dry up.  Discovering the literature of Plato, Poe, and Whitman, Doc began writing poetry and amassed over 200 poems before starting into music.

As chance would have it, at 19 he lost his girlfriend and job in the same night.  With nothing left to do, he befriended an outlaw who taught him to play guitar.  Writing his first song just four days later, it seemed the poet was destined to embark on the journey of songwriting.  Writing in the neighborhood of 50 original songs to date, the lyrics reflect the hardships of life. 

After drifting for a few years, he enlisted in the Air Force, eventually earning a commission as an officer.  Concurrently completing his Ph.D., Doc now is also an assistant professor of aeronautics, seemingly dedicated to improving the community and lives of those he calls countrymen.  During his years of service, Doc developed his style and stage presence by playing in a variety of praise and worship bands all over the world.

Doc’s debut, self-released CD, “Autumn in July” was released on May 11th, 2011…14 years to that fateful day when he first picked up the guitar.  “It’s funny how things work out”, says Doc.  I totally agree.  People often look for answers on why things work out the way they do.  The answers are there, but we don’t always find them.  “I HAD to make this record”, states Doc.  “It was the only thing I could do that made me feel like I wasn’t living in an episode of the Twilight Zone.”

Doc is highlighting the single “Highway of Life” from the new album, which is about a man who’s always done the right thing, put everyone else first, and his own desires aside.  Finding himself at the end of that commitment, divorced and alone, he decides to start living life on his terms…driving a new sports car down that ‘highway of life’.  As he starts out on the new journey, he’s feeling a bit shaky and unsure of himself, but he knows it’s something he must do.  You can hear the Johnny Cash-like country sound, with resonant vocal delivery and that hard signature rhythm that holds the heart beat of the song.  He has quite a story to tell.  You just need to stop and listen, and absorb that metaphoric message.

“Autumn in July” is a book of trials and tribulations, contemplation and reflection, being delivered to you through beautifully arranged music – for your pleasures, for your soul.  The influence of Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan are evidenced in Doc’s lyrical phrasing and playing style.  His methodic cry of “It’s a thousand miles to Omaha, but your mem’ry is right here with me” opens the album and reaches the depths of melancholy that only an experienced sufferer can endure and overcome.  Doc genuinely covers the traditional “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”, Neil Diamond’s “Captain of a Shipwreck”, Bob Dylan’s “Tell Ol’ Bill”, and “The Cold Hard Facts of Life” (made famous by Porter Wagoner), as well as adding 10 deeply personal originals that detail the conflicting conditions of the human spirit.  If you’ve ever wondered what life is like “When I Ain’t Drinkin’”, or how to embrace a “Nebraska River”, or when to turn against a cold wind bringing the title track “Autumn in July”, this album gives answers to those who yearn for something, anything to make sense of this crazy world.

The track “Tell Ol’ Bill” was previously released on a regional Bob Dylan tribute called “Positively Pike’s Peak – The Pike’s Peak Region Sings Bob Dylan”, released in 2010.  This CD featured tracks of Colorado Springs area artists covering various Dylan songs with the westward open sky influence.

Doc plays locally in and around Alexandria, Virginia and hopes to develop dates for an east coast tour in the near future.

You can listen to and/or purchase any of his fabulous songs by visiting the following websites as well as traditional digital store fronts of Amazon, iTunes, Napster, or CDbaby.

www.jeremydochodges.com

www.promofm.com (search Doc Hodges)

www.jango.com (search Doc Hodges)

www.MusicSubmit.com (search Doc Hodges)

For publishing, placement, or booking opportunities, contact Doc at 719-464-6071 or dr.jhodges@hotmail.com.