Stronger Proof. Deryl Dodd's fittingly titled new album (Dualtone Records. Oct. 5) is a deeply satisfying collection of stone country and twangy rock. but it represents something more as well. This spirited and dead-earnest record is the triumphant culmination of a long and arduous journey by a writer/artist who refused to give up after his career was derailed and his dreams were dashed just as he was about to realize them. But Dodd has no regrets about the harrowing ordeal he went through. because it has brought him to a better place than he could have imagined before his troubles started.