Old Dominion recently won the ACM Award for “Best Vocal Group, as well as earned a nomination for the upcoming Billboard Music Awards for “Top Country Duo/Group Artist.” The band will continue to hit the road this summer opening up for Kenney Chesney on his “Trip Around the Sun” stadium tour, along with headlining North American dates through the end of the year.
Their success led to an insatiable demand for their live shows. Old Dominion were personally invited to open two stadium tours for Kenny Chesney. “That has definitely shaped who this band is,” Ramsey says of the experience. “We watched him and thought, ‘Okay, we’ve gotta step this up.’” Last year, Old Dominion went on the road with both Thomas Rhett and Miranda Lambert. “We try to learn something every time,” Sprung says. “I have been pulled to the side of the stage by someone in the band who says, ‘This is working right now. What part of this do we need to poach?’”
It was during their endless touring that Old Dominion began coming up with ideas for their second album, which was produced by Meat and Candy producer Shane McAnally. Happy Endings, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums charts, finds the band excavating lyrically driven, melodic gems with true emotional depth and a nostalgia-laden, happy-sad appeal. “We love feel-good songs,” Ramsey says. “Sometimes you just want to put on something that makes you smile. It’s a big part of who we are, but we definitely wanted to show that we were capable of writing more than just fun, party tunes. We think we have the potential to be around for a long time. To stick around you have to have meaningful songs.”
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