Earlier this year, Old Dominion, the Nashville-based Country Rock Band, were working hard on a debut EP, produced by Shane McAnally which was released by ReeSmack/Thirty Tigers in October. Not that the band hasn’t always worked hard – and with significant success, but putting out their first album was a big thing to the five handsome men whose success, so far, had come more as songwriters than performers. And quite successful songwriters; in fact,a lot of the songs you hear in country music today are written by the guys. Old Dominion’s songs have been recorded and released by big names like Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry, Chris Young, Luke Bryan, Craig Morgan and Kenny Chesney. So, Matt Ramsey, Brad Tursi, Trevor Rosen, Geoff Sprung and Whit Sellers were pretty used to hearing their stuff on the radio… and songwriting certainly pays the rent, but one has to wonder how hard it is watching others have hits with the stuff you wrote, when you just haven’t gotten there yet.
Though the band has had success in the songwriting business and have opened for big acts such as Trace Adkins, Brett Eldridge and Jake Owens, they had yet to book a stadium tour. Until now. Kenny Chesney announced just today that he has invited Old Dominion to join the impressive roster on his 2015 stadium tour called, “Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour.” Guess what Old Dominion’s answer was? You got it. And no one is happier than those five young men. Band leader and frontman Ramsey spoke to ET Online about this honor:
“We couldn’t believe it when we got the call,” says the band’s leader Matt Ramsey. “As an independent band, you fight for any chance to get your music in front of as many people as possible – and you can fit a lot of people in a stadium! We are beyond excited and honored that an iconic artist like Kenny is sharing his stage and his fans with Old Dominion. It truly is the opportunity of a lifetime for us and we are gonna bring it to the No Shoes Nation!”
Though the band consider themselves to be “songwriters first”, it’s unfathomable that being a hit band, playing stadiums and making hit records, isn’t high up in their rankings of when they will feel like they’ve “made it.” With the EP making some serious noise in the music industry, Rolling Stone announcing OD as one of the “10 New Artists You Need to Know: Fall 2014” and Chesney choosing them to be part of his tour, it looks like these guys may have to alter that “songwriters first” status.
“There’s nothing like playing a song you’ve written and watching the crowd sing the words back to you,” says Ramsey. “We’ve experienced it a bit when we play ‘Wake Up Lovin’ You’ or ‘Better Dig Two’ and that’s great, but it’s that much sweeter when we are the artist releasing the song.”