Old Dominion Returns to ACMs with Performance on 52nd Award Show

FROM PLAYING HOUSE PARTIES TO COUNTRY’S BIGGEST STAGE  OLD DOMINION RETURNS WITH A PERFORMANCE ON  THE “52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™”  LIVE FROM T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS, SUNDAY, APRIL 2 ON CBS It’s been a long road from playing house parties for pocket change to performing on the “52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™”, but Old Dominion, 2016’s ACM New Vocal Group of the Year and a 2017 nominee for Vocal Group of the Year, is ready. On Sunday, April 2, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the five-piece band of songwriters returns with a performance of their new single, “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart,” on this year’s show airing on CBS .  “Last year our performance was 90 seconds,” says Old Dominion lead singer Matthew Ramsey. “It was over in a flash. We walked off stage and I got a little wobbly-kneed as it all sank in,” he adds, recalling their first big break. “Winning the trophy for New Group our first year out was such an honor, but to be nominated for Vocal Group of the Year for a second time and have the opportunity to perform our new song, it really feels like we are on a new level. To be able to deliver the message of this song to an audience of this size means more than we can possibly express. It truly is a career high point.” Proving that they are not your average country band, Old Dominion combines old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit into musical magic, and has emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in the format, fusing clever lyrics and an infectious sound resulting in three Top 5 singles, including two No. 1s. They released their first full-length album Meat and Candy, which Entertainment Weekly called a “deceptively smart, occasionally cheeky, stellar debut,” in 2015. Success soon followed and Old Dominion released their Platinum two-week No.1 “Break Up With Him” and RIAA certified Gold hit “Snapback” prior to their third single “Song For Another Time,” which also reached the top chart position. The group released their new single, “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart,” on March 10, giving fans their first taste of new music from the band’s upcoming sophomore album expected for release later this year. After claiming the ACM New Vocal Group prize in 2016, they spent the summer on Kenny Chesney’s Spread The Love Tour and followed that with their headlining Meat and Candy Tour, with 15 of the dates tapped as Stagecoach Spotlight: Old Dominion Meat and Candy Tour; the first-ever tour produced by the award-winning Stagecoach Music Festival and celebrated sold-out attendance on all dates. In addition, they picked up additional nominations in 2016 for CMA New Artist and Vocal Group of the Year as well as Favorite Due or Group – Country for the 2016 American Music Awards. This spring, they joined Miranda Lambert on her Highway Vagabond Tour. Old Dominion consists of lead singer Matthew Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprung and drummer Whit Sellers. Hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, The Continue reading

Old Dominion releases new song “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” today

FIRST SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING SOPHOMORE ALBUM HITS COUNTRY RADIO AIRWAVES RCA Nashville’s hitmakers and reigning ACM New Group of the Year, Old Dominion, releases new music today, March 10. The new single from 2017 ACM Group of the Year nominees, “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” arrives at Country radio, digital retail and streaming services today. Written by Old Dominion band members Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi, as well as Jesse Frasure, the band again enlists GRAMMY Award-winner Shane McAnally, who produced Old Dominion’s debut album in 2015, the GOLD certified Meat and Candy, to produce “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart.” The new song is the first taste of new music from the band’s highly-anticipated forthcoming sophomore album. “No matter who you are, where you live or your current status, people both old and young face more challenges than ever,” says Old Dominion’s front man Matthew Ramsey. “It’s in the face of those challenges and standing at the edge of fear that we have to remain positive. Focus on the light that comes from positivity instead of being swallowed up. Work hard at doing what you feel is right.  Don’t be scared!! Live life like there’s no such thing as a broken heart.” “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” Lyrics I wonder if Jack and Diane ever made it After the drums and the guitars all faded  Was the best they could do good enough Or did the heartland just swallow them up How did my mom and my dad ever do it If there were struggles then we never knew it I guess they had each other and that was enough CHORUS You know you can’t keep the ground from shaking No matter how hard you try You can’t keep the sunsets from fading Gotta treat your life like you’re jumping off a rope swing Cause the whole thing’s really just a shot in the dark Gotta love like there’s no such thing as a broken heart Yeah you gotta love like there’s no such thing as a broken heart What am I gonna tell my kids when they see All of this bullshit that goes down on TV When the whole world is down on it’s luck I gotta make sure they keep their chin up Cry when it hurts Laugh when its funny Chase after the dream Don’t chase after the money Know we got each other and that’s what’s up CHORUS Cause you can’t keep the ground from shaking No matter how hard you try You can’t keep the sunsets from fading Gotta treat your life like you’re jumping off a rope swing Cause the whole thing’s really just a shot in the dark Gotta love like there’s no such thing as a broken heart Yeah you gotta love like there’s no such thing as a broken heart Gotta love like there’s no such thing as a broken heart

Old Dominion Caps Year w/ Sold Out Inaugural "Stagecoach SpotlightMeat & Candy Tour"

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With 180+ shows and RIAA Gold certified album, 2016 ACM New Vocal Group of the Year Wraps “on the cusp of superstardom” [Vice] NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In their First Listen feature, NPR dubbed Old Dominion’s Meat & Candy “first-rate craftsmanship,” yet it was the band’s ability to bring those songs to life in their live show that led to the five-piece being selected for a unique partnership on the touring front — and the first in history — with Stagecoach. Aligning with “the biggest country music gathering in the world” (Los Angeles Times), Stagecoach tapping Old Dominion as part of the inaugural Stagecoach Spotlight Tour was just one in a series of major firsts for the band in what has been a breakout year. The partnership was overwhelmingly successful with 15 of Old Dominion’s 33-dates, 28-states headlining Meat and Candy Tour stops co-branded with the festival powerhouse, all seeing the band playing to fully packed houses. “It’s been ridiculous,” shares Old Dominion’s frontman Matthew Ramsey. “To think of what all we have accomplished as a band… as performers, as songwriters… to connect on that level with so many fans, we’re just so thankful for what this year has brought.” Just last month the album Entertainment Weekly called “deceptively smart” and “infectious,” Meat & Candy, was officially RIAA Gold certified in part due to the success of their newly cemented No. 1, “Song For Another Time,” the second chart-topper off their critically-acclaimed major label debut album. With a 2016 show tally of 182 and over 60,000 fans rocked in North America on the Meat and Candy Tour alone (not including fans they played to on Kenny Chesney’s Spread The Love Tour), the band, comprised of lead singer Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprung and drummer Whit Sellers, will kick-off 2017 joining Miranda Lambert on her Highway Vagabon Tour. For more information, visit www.olddominionband.com and www.facebook.com/olddominionband or follow @OldDominion on Twitter and @OldDominionMusic on Instagram.

Grand Ole Opry® Celebrates Country Cares For St. Jude Kids®

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650 AM-WSM Announcer Bill Cody, Ian and Randy Owen NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Sept. 13, 2016) – The Grand Ole Opry® celebrated Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® during a special sh ow this evening. Performers included Randy Owen of Alabama, CMA nominated-group Old Dominion, Montgomery Gentry, Wade Hayes, Ricky Skaggs, and Drake White, among others. Throughout the show, photos and videos of special moments from Country Cares for St. Jude Kids were sh ared during the Opry performances. St. Jude patient Ian, who is eight years old, took the stage as a special guest announcer for the night. After Ian presented Randy with a memento thanking him for 27 years of work with Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, the Country Music Hall of Famer returned the favor and surprised him with an official print recognizing his Opry guest announcer appearance. About Country Cares for St. Jude Kids: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been actively involved in radio event fundraising for 27 years, raising national awareness and more than $500 million to help St. Jude fight childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Every year, approximately 1,000 country music industry leaders gather in Memphis every January for the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® program to support the lifesaving work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. About the Grand Ole Opry: The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®.  Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday Night Opry shows running through December 13. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.C2� Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).  For more information, visit opry.com. Photos By Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry Old Dominion & Ian Ian & Ricky Skaggs Ian & Wade Hayes

Old Dominion celebrate ACM Awards win and performance

Old Dominion celebrate ACM Awards win and performance Last night, in Las Vegas, the 51st annual ACM Awards celebrated the last year of Country music. Among those taking home awards were Nashville’s underdog hit-makers turned Country’s next-big-thing. Old Dominion were awarded the New Vocal Group Of The Year accolade as well as being nominated for vocal group of the year alongside artists such as Zac Brown Band and winner Little Big Town. They were also invited to perform at the ceremony in front of the packed out audience of over 16,000 Country fans and 16.2 million viewers at home. It was a monumental moment for the band. ‘What an incredible few days… THANK YOU’ said the band. ‘We are blown away, this is another thing we didn’t expect to come our way. We are just completely lucky, we can’t believe it.’ It has been a huge year for Old Dominion. After writing hits behind-the-scenes for other artists this is the first time the Nashville 5-piece have been the stars of the show. Just to list a few of their achievements; they scooped a major-label contract (after a bidding war), released their debut album ‘Meat and Candy’, scored their first #1 as a band with hit single ‘Break Up With Him’, performed on prime-time US television including Jimmy Kimmel Live and completed a mammoth US stadium tour with Kenny Chesney. The band also took their first trip to the UK to perform at London’s C2C Festival, where their energetic sets at both Brooklyn Bowl and indigo2 were both widely considered highlights of the weekend. At their own headline show at London’s Hoxton Bar & Kitchen – much to Old Dominion’s surprise and joy – the packed out crowd were singing along to every word. The past year has propelled Old Dominion to heights they had only previously dreamed of. The near future includes further single releases, more touring and penning new songs. Before long their success could reach dizzying levels. Meat and Candy is out now.

Old Dominion Kicks Off “Meat and Candy Tour” With Memorable Nashville Celebration

OLD DOMINION KICKS OFF MEAT AND CANDY TOUR WITH MEMORABLE NASHVILLE CELEBRATION RCA Nashville band commemorates milestone with sold-out headlining tour opener, celebrates smash multi-week No. 1 “Break Up With Him” and looks to the future with new single “Snapback” RCA Nashville’s Old Dominion kicked off their highly-anticipated Meat and Candy Tour by selling out Marathon Music Works on Thursday, Jan. 14, Playing to an enthusiastic crowd of 1500, the show followed the ceremony for their debut multi-week No. 1 “Break Up With Him” earlier that day, where they celebrated their ten-year journey with friends and fans. “This is our first show out [of 2016],” singer Matthew Ramsey told the raucous sold-out crowd. “What a way to kick it off in our hometown. Lots of familiar faces and lots of new faces.” All those new faces are marking Old Dominion as one of 2016’s most exciting country acts to watch as well as an act who is “helping to usher in a new wave of country,” (Billboard). The group showed why critics, radio programmers and savvy fans think it’s the next big thing, playing “Break Up With Him” and new runaway hit “Snapback” for the crowd along with some of the best known cuts from members’ individual songwriting hits such as Blake Shelton’s “Sangria“ and Tyler Farr’s “Guy Walks into a Bar.” The 20-song set was broadcast live across North America by SiriusXM. “At our first show there were 25 people there, so this is a welcome sight!” Ramsey joked with fans, who crowded the stage and danced all night. “Break Up With Him,” the first single from Shane McAnally-produced debut album Meat and Candy, is unique in several ways. The song was written by all five members of the band – Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung and Brad Tursi. It was then recorded by all five members who played their own instruments on the album. “Break Up With Him” also broke unconventionally, getting its start on SiriusXM’s The Highway, where it was voted the No. 1 song of 2015 by fans, after spending six consecutive weeks in the No.1 spot The Highway’s Hot 45 Countdown. It then migrated to terrestrial radio thanks to fan demand. A record deal quickly followed. “Break Up With Him” marks a milestone for all five members. It’s the first No. 1 for Sellers and Sprung and gives Ramsey, Rosen and Tursi a coveted Triple Play, the award given by the Country Music Association marking three or more No. 1 songs in a 12-month period. Rosen now has four career chart-toppers, Ramsey and Tursi have three. “It started with just the five of us. When we started this thing out our goal was in the end to remain friends, and I think we’re doing pretty good in that. It also highlights how much it’s just not the five of us any more and how many people are out there busting their asses for us.” Those numbers could be headed upward soon. Second single “Snapback” has connected instantly with fans, driving 126 country radio stations to add it upon release last week. That’s nearly double the number that initially added “Break Up With Him,” reflecting Old Dominion’s quick rise. Fans will have lots of opportunities to catch Old Dominion in 2016. First up is a headlining tour that has already secured sellouts of 15 shows across the U.S., including Joe’s Pub in New York City, Joe’s Bar in Chicago, The Roxy in Los Angeles and the Grizzly Rose in Denver. Later in the year they join Kenny Chesney for the second straight summer along with Miranda Lambert and Sam Hunt. For more information on Old Dominion or to hear “Snapback,” visit www.olddominionband.com and Facebook or follow @OldDominion on Twitter and @OldDominionMusic on Instagram. About Old Dominion RCA Nashville recording act Old Dominion has been writing songs and honing its live show in Music City for 10 years. While many of the group’s songs have been recorded Continue reading

OLD DOMINION TAKES COUNTRY RADIO BY STORM

DEBUT SINGLE “BREAK UP WITH HIM” NO. 1 MOST ADDED SINGLE, 76 REPORTING STATIONS SPINNING THE SONG ACROSS AMERICA Rising stars, Old Dominion, have taken Country Radio and America by storm with their debut single “Break Up With Him.” This week Old Dominion’s first single was the No. 1 most added song at country radio with 42 new playlist “adds” and 76 first week reporting stations spinning the song by the band Rolling Stone Country, Billboard, Country Weekly and the Huffington Post agree are a “band to watch.” “The support that Country Radio has shown us out of the gate like this is unreal,” says Old Dominion. “We are so proud of this song and the entire team of people who are working with us. We can’t wait to see where this will take us!” “What a great start to BREAK UP WITH HIM! It really shows the excitement Country Radio has for this song AND this band,” announces RCA’s Senior VP/National Promotion, Keith Gale. “We appreciate all of our partners at Country Radio who were a part of this historic start to Old Dominion’s first single for RCA.” Clint Higham with Morris Higham Management, Old Dominion’s artist management adds “It’s so wonderful to see when good people win. Old Dominion possess all the qualities of amazing musicians, artists, writers and performers, but they are even better human beings and I speak on behalf of everyone involved on the team that they make it exciting to come to work every day . We are thankful to our friends and partners at country radio who are seeing it too and seeing the fans embrace the music.” “Break Up With Him” was written by all five band members; lead singer Matthew Ramsey, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, drummer Whit Sellers, bassist Geoff Sprung and lead guitarist Brad Tursi, making the first song that the band has written together as a collective group. It is also of note that the Old Dominion band members have other songs on the radio charts currently that they’ve written, including Blake Shelton’s “Sangria,” Tyler Farr’s “A Guy Walks Into A Bar,” and the recent Dierks Bentley hit “Say You Do.” In addition to the hit songs currently/recently on the charts, Old Dominion band members also wrote “Better Dig Two” and “Chainsaw” (The Band Perry), “Come Back To Me” (Keith Urban), “Wake Up Loving You” (Craig Morgan) and “Save It For A Rainy Day” (Kenny Chesney) to name a few. Old Dominion has toured together for over 8 years and show no signs of stopping. Currently, not including solo headlining shows, they’ve joined Kenny Chesney for a run of 18 stadium tour dates on The Big Revival Tour to take the band through August. With the amount of time Old Dominion spends on the road it was no wonder that “Break Up With Him” was penned there as well. With the beginning melody of “Break Up With Him” being laid down one day at a sound check, lyrics coming together Continue reading