Old Dominion Added to Kenny Chesney’s the Big Revival Tour
Old Dominion say that when they began opening for Chase Rice this fall, they had to quickly eliminate any valleys from their up-and down set. Next summer, when they play stadiums as a featured act on Kenny Chesney's the Big Revival Tour, the five-piece independent band will need to raise the peaks even higher.
They're ready for it. The ‘Shut Me Up’ singers have long been simmering as country up-and-comers. 2014 brought some success with airplay on SiriusXM and Spotify. All five men are also accomplished songwriters, so they straddle both sides of the streaming debate.
"Yeah, there’s a lot of people out there, like a lot of people out there that wouldn’t know our music if it wasn’t for Spotify," singer Matthew Ramsey tells Taste of Country as his bandmates nod in agreement.
“If you listen to these interviews with a lot of big artists, they kind of give in to the fact that yeah, if you need to be discovered it’s a huge tool," bassist Geoff Sprung adds.
The Band Perry’s ‘Better Dig Two’ and ‘Chainsaw’ and Dierks Bentley’s current hit ‘Say You Do’ are just a few of the well-known cuts one or more members of this seasoned country band helped create. Ramsey also helped write ‘Ex to See,’ a fan-favorite from Sam Hunt’s ‘Montevallo’ album. That R&B vibe shows up in the group’s newest single ‘Break Up With Him.’
So far, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Eric Church are artists attached to some or all of Chesney’s 2015 tour. Old Dominion’s run will include 17 stadium shows, beginning with the May 9 date in Indianapolis, Ind. The group finishes up their tour with Rice this month, and they plan to return to the studio to cut more songs for a follow-up to their self-titled EP.
“It’s been great playing every night on this Chase thing,” Ramsey says. “We’ll work those new songs in and see what works and what doesn’t, and then after 30 days we’re like, ‘Oh, let’s go do it.’”
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