“Bass is the underdog. You’re not the singer or the guitarist – you’re the glue that holds it all together”: Lisa Dodd on leaving the soloing to Billy Sheehan – and staying in the “money zone”

Lisa Dodd onstage with Gord Bamford
(Image credit: Lisa Dodd)

Lisa Dodd has had country music in her bones ever since she was a young girl growing up in Alberta, Canada. Thanks to her musician father, her childhood home was always brimming with music from classic country artists, and it wasn't long before Dodd started to perform concerts with her father's band. She began as a singer at the age of 16. Two years later their bass player left, and sure enough that responsibility fell on Dodd's shoulders.

Luckily, bass guitar came easily to her, and thanks to her father's guidance in playing Hank Williams and Johnny Cash songs, she became a pro in no time. After gigging her way all over Canada in her twenties it wasn't surprising that she got a call from her drummer friend, Chad Melchert, asking her to come play in Australian-Canadian country star Gord Bamford's band.

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