Country band Old Dominion finds a happy ending with sophomore album
Some bands dread putting out their second album in some respects because of what’s called the sophomore slump, a music business trope whereas that second album may not do as well as as a strong debut. The country band Old Dominion certainly doesn’t feel that way about their new album.
“We are so excited to release our second album,” singer Matthew Ramsey said on the band’s official website. “We’ve grown so much as a band and as songwriters over the last two years, and we think the songs on ‘Happy Endings’ really showcase that.”
The band didn’t need to worry about any slumps: upon its release, “Happy Endings” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album charts and made it to No. 7 on the overall album chart. The album’s first single, “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” also made it to No. 4 on the country chart. The band’s first national trek behind “Happy Endings” includes a show in Reno on Sept. 21 at Grand Sierra Resort.
The group all met in Nashville around 2007, but most have ties to the state of Virginia, hence the Old Dominion moniker. It started when Ramsey met Trevor Rosen (guitar and keyboards) while both were trying to make it as songwriters in Nashville. The two formed a songwriting partnership and eventually met the other band members: Whit Sellers on drums, Brad Tursi on guitar and Geoff Sprung on bass.
As individuals, several Old Dominion members have scored hits with their songs for other artists, including ones for Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and The Band Perry. Eventually, Old Dominion made a name for themselves as a group, especially with two self-released albums. The self-titled one in 2014 had two songs, “Shut Me Up” and “Break Up With Him,” that became hits on some country radio stations and caught the attention of RCA Records, who signed them up.
With a mix of traditional country and louder rock elements -- with some dance twists even thrown in -- the group was poised to make a big splash in the new country pool. Their first single was a re-do of “Break Up With Him,” and it became a top 3 hit. It was the first of three hits from the band’s first album, “Meat and Candy,” which was released in 2016. Both “Snapback” and “Song for Another Time” hit No. 4 on the Billboard Country singles chart.
“When we made ‘Meat and Candy,’ we had no way of knowing if it would go over well or not,” Ramsey said on the band’s website. “We just tried to make a record that would excite us and that we were proud of.”
The band succeeded, as the record made it to No. 3 on the Country Albums chart as well as the top 20 of the Billboard overall albums chart.