Delivering dynamic, high energy performances for over 15 years, Andrea Dodge has earned an outstanding reputation in the Southern Tier of NY for her gifted vocals, raw, unbridled emotional intensity, aggressive no-pick guitar strumming style and a powerful connectivity with her audiences. With vocal persuasions that have been compared to female rockers like Ani Difranco and Blues icons like Janis Joplin and Susan Tedeshi, Andrea Dodge is a powerhouse performer.
John Doan of The Academy Corners Blues Committee speaks of Andrea after her debut performance in the Fall of 2012 at The Barn.
"Let me put it like this. If she were a legend decades ago, people would later tell guys like Ray Charles & Joe Cocker that they have Andrea's soul and passion. People would tell Tina Turner that she sounds a little like Andrea Dodge.
People would tell jazz singer Nancy Wilson that she slides in and
around phrases like Andrea Dodge. Do you get my drift? These stars from another era would all have pieces of Andrea's gift..."
Andrea is well loved by her fans for being the genuine article who delivers that dose of real energy capturing people’s attention quickly when she performs. With song selections that are widely varied, she has been known to really mix things up inside one performance, skillfully strumming away at her favorite rendition of a rock cover one minute to wailing out her soulful original, Bless My Soul the next. She sings ballads. She sings gospels. She sings the blues. She sings it all. And in a world that so often demands genre boundaries, Dodge considers herself a rule breaker.
"My taste in music is like multiple personality disorder,” Dodge says. ”I just can't decide on a sound. I've played music that literally takes my fans from one side of the galaxy of my mind to another. My songwriting expresses my inner journey and my observations of it...which aren't exactly sane."
Throughout her career, Dodge has developed a unique strumming style that baffles many as she rarely uses a pick for strumming. Her guitar playing is primitive, evincing an intimate connection between her and her guitar, her fingers always strumming in this free form across the frets kind of way. Dodge explains, “Everything I have done in the last seven years or so has been fairly up close and personal to the strings. I like to feel everything I'm doing and I like the volume control I have for multiple dimensions within my performance."
Dodge is currently performing regularly in venues surrounding Keuka Lake in Hammondsport as well as some Pennsylvania gigs like Spyglass Ridge Winery, The Wellsboro House and Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport. She recently joined forces with Hugh Douglas, a well known lead guitar player from Horseheads, NY. Inspired by Joe Cocker, Dodge is doing a lot of soulful renditions of her favorite tunes.
In the near future, Andrea plans to release some new Live recordings of her various shows along with a CD of her originals. She looks forward to performing live as much as possible in the future and feels connected to her audience in a strong way.
"Music transcends all boundaries and communication barriers. It gets to the heart of things and I believe this is why we all love it so much."