11 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their debut LP, Meat and Candy, Nashville’s Old Dominion breeze through 11 subdued, folk-tinged country tunes with the wit and chops of seasoned pros. Like the title suggests, they play serious themes against more lighthearted fare. For every “Nowhere Fast”—which plaintively recounts an old love that couldn’t last—there’s a good-times antidote (“Beer Can in a Truck Bed”) or an ode to the perfect girl (“Snapback”). The themes are dynamic, but so is the playing: Check out the big-sky atmospheres on closer "We Got It Right."

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their debut LP, Meat and Candy, Nashville’s Old Dominion breeze through 11 subdued, folk-tinged country tunes with the wit and chops of seasoned pros. Like the title suggests, they play serious themes against more lighthearted fare. For every “Nowhere Fast”—which plaintively recounts an old love that couldn’t last—there’s a good-times antidote (“Beer Can in a Truck Bed”) or an ode to the perfect girl (“Snapback”). The themes are dynamic, but so is the playing: Check out the big-sky atmospheres on closer "We Got It Right."

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About Old Dominion

Forging country with rock instrumentation and dynamics, and tossing in definite pop overtones and even some hip-hop nuances, Old Dominion is blessed with strong in-house songwriting and playing, sharpened by steady gigging on the Nashville circuit, where the band formed. Comprising four Virginians, Matt Ramsey (lead singer, guitar), Geoff Sprung (bass, vocals), Whit Sellers (drums), Brad Tursi (guitar, vocals), and Detroit, Michigan's Trevor Rosen (guitar, keyboards, vocals), the band formed in Nashville. Boasting top-flight modern country songwriters in Ramsey, Rosen, and Tursi (the Band Perry, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, and Craig Morgan have all tracked Old Dominion songs), the band soon attracted a lot of attention. Working in the studio with Shane McAnally and Ilya Toshinsky, Old Dominion released a self-titled debut EP in the fall of 2014. The single "Break Up with Him" earned notice early the following year, due in part to the band's Back to the Future-referencing video. In the summer of 2015, "Break Up with Him" went to number one on Billboard's Country Airplay charts, setting the stage for the November release of the band's Shane McAnally-produced debut Meat & Candy. In March 2017, the group dropped a single, "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart," the first song from their second album. Happy Endings, which reunited the group with producer Shane McAnally, appeared in August 2017. ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Nashville, TN
  • FORMED
    2007

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