The Friday Night Act Brings Writing Chops With Good Faith Country and Rock
When the Northwest Washington Fair announced that Old Dominion will be headlining its 2021 grandstand lineup, CEO Chris Pickering said it was the fair’s largest show to date. .
That’s great praise, especially for a fair that has its roots in 1990 and which once hosted Trisha Yearwood and surprise guest Garth Brooks on its stage.
That said, turn on country radio anytime for the past six years or so and there would be Old Dominion, producing hit after hit with songs like “One Man Band,” “Make It Sweet,” “Break Up With Him. “,” Snapback “and” Written in the Sand “, among others.
This makes Old Dominion a major addition to the 2021 Fair, as they are scheduled to play on Friday, August 20.
As the name suggests, four of the members of Old Dominion are from Virginia. The group has its origins with vocalist Matthew Ramsey and drummer Whit Sellers playing drums at rival high schools in Virginia. Ramsey then attended Virginia Commonwealth University before moving to Nashville to become a songwriter. He met guitarist and keyboardist Trevor Rosen in Nashville while Ramsey was working as a solo artist and songwriter.
Sellers went to James Madison University after graduating from high school, where he met bassist Geoff Sprung and guitarist Brad Tursi.
The five members who formed Old Dominion got together in Nashville, one way or another, to write songs. That’s exactly what they did, and many of the biggest hits in country music of the day had an Old Dominion member on their writing team. Perry’s “Better Dig Two” and Blake Shelton’s “Sangria” were both co-written by Rosen, and Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do” was originally written by Rosen and Ramsey for Old Dominion before Bentley did. resume. Tyler Farr’s “A Guy Walks Into a Bar” was co-written by Tursi, and Ramsey wrote Kenny Chesney’s “Save It For a Rainy Day” with Tursi.
Artists like Chris Young, Josh Turner, Michael Ray, Kelsea Ballerini, and Chris Morgan have all recorded songs written by members of the Old Dominion.
Originally, Old Dominion was formed to showcase the writing skills of its members. However, as the group began to find their place, it became more and more obvious what Old Dominion was meant to be. They have performed in clubs and at home concerts and have managed to gain a lot of popularity on SiriusXM satellite radio. The band signed to Thirty Tigers before heading to Sony Music Nashville RCA.
The group’s debut EP was released in 2014, debuting at No. 33 on the Top Country Album charts. The EP featured the song “Break Up With Him,” which would go on to become the band’s first Top 10 hit. After signing with Nashville RCA in 2015, the band opened for Kenny Chesney before announcing their debut album, “Meat and Candy”, which was released in November 2015.
Prior to its release, “Break Up With Him” reached number one on Country Airplay, and the album’s second single, “Snapback,” would reach number two on the same chart in June 2016.
The band’s second RCA album, “Happy Endings” featured the single “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart”, which reached No. 1 on the Country Airplay charts. The album was released in August 2017, also featuring the singles “Written in the Sand” and “Hotel Key”.
The band’s third album, the eponymous “Old Dominion”, featured the singles “Make It Sweet”, “One Man Band” and “Some People Do”. “One Man Band” became the band’s highest Billboard Hot 100 track to date.
“It’s so amazing to be able to sit in your room with your instruments and your band mates and feel this chemistry and follow it wherever it goes,” Ramsey said.
Old Dominion is a big deal for the fair, especially in its first 10-day iteration and its return canceled last year due to COVID-19.
“We promised this would be our biggest show yet,” CEO Chris Pickering said in a statement. “And it will be, from the number of spectators to the value of the production.”
The fair will move its stage back for the show, allowing an additional 2,500 guests to fill the clay-only arena standing up.