Old Dominion's Matthew Ramsey Details Why They're Only 'Starting to Accept' Their Chart-Topping Success


The band's newest hit, "Make It Sweet," is out now.

If you wished to pen one of the best ways to kick off a profession, you'll be laborious pressed to discover a higher path than RCA Records' Old Dominion. Of their first six singles, 5 hit the top of the Country Airplay chart. And even the one which didn't hit the highest spot, 2016's “Snapback,” nonetheless managed to climb all the way in which to No. 2.

“I suppose if it's going to take so long as it does to get going, that's the way in which you need it to go after it actually begins to kick in," the group's lead singer Matthew Ramsey suggests. "It's very rewarding, and I feel we simply love to think about what's coming subsequent. That's one thing that we actually are all the time excited about -- the subsequent tune. That songwriter mind is all the time on in us, so we're all the time searching for concepts on what's subsequent. We adore it when what's out is hitting, however we're all the time so excited to place out the subsequent factor.”

Their present "subsequent factor" is the primary single from their upcoming third album, “Make It Sweet." The acoustic, lighthearted tune is particular for the group, significantly as a result of they weren't anticipating a single contender to come back out the day they wrote it.

“We went into the recording studio again in January, and we didn't speak about what songs we had been going to report or something," Ramsey remembers. "We simply wished to begin making the subsequent album and we had some dates -- the dates snuck up on us. We hadn't talked about what songs to report so, we mentioned, "We have this time, why don't we simply see what we are able to write that day and see what occurs?”

Needless to say, the band appreciated the end result. “That [final] recording might be the second time we've ever performed that tune. You can form of hear the thrill and the vitality we've got for it proper there, as a result of we had simply created it and mentioned, ‘Okay, let’s report it.'"

Despite simply releasing the tune formally on Oct. eight, the tune has already damaged onto the Country Airplay chart -- and if the only is something like its predecessors, it gained't keep at its present No. 48 spot for lengthy. While nation radio play is not essentially stunning for an Old Dominion tune now, Ramsey remains to be getting used to listening to his band's songs on air.

“It's nonetheless somewhat unusual," he admits. "It's nonetheless laborious as a result of we're so inside it. It's laborious to listen to it, particularly in Nashville, I feel. But for me personally, once I'm out of city and we're in a random place and I hear it come on, then it begins to form of go sink in that, 'Wow, we're part of nation music, we're positively within the cloth of the business.' So it's nonetheless new, however beginning to settle for it somewhat bit.”

Helping him ease these considerations is the truth that the previous three years, the band has been out on the highway with Kenny Chesney – whose hit "Save It For a Rainy Day" was co-written by Ramsey and bandmate Brad Tursi. While a stadium tour is one thing they have gotten used to ("Being on tour with Kenny was form of like going residence for us," Ramsey suggests), carving out such a private relationship with one of many format’s most reliable reside artists is one thing that Old Dominion doesn’t take with no consideration.

“We've developed fairly a friendship with Kenny and we're lucky that he likes our music and likes us as folks," Ramsey says. "We actually simply click on together with his complete group, from him to his crew to his followers. Everything appears to actually match properly so I feel that's why he saved having us again.”

All in all, it’s been a profitable run for Old Dominion to date. In Ramsey's thoughts, although, he and his group are simply now beginning to really feel it.

“When we gained the ACM award, we felt a way of success," Ramsey says, referring to the vocal group of the yr award they gained in April. "We form of been working beneath this like, ‘Aw, shucks, it's simply little ole us,’ form of mantra, however I feel after we gained that, we had been compelled to personal it somewhat bit. We really feel profitable now, however simply barely. We positively need to create one thing that's lasting and that's thrilling to us to consider, however profitable that award was a giant second.”

The band has not misplaced any of their songwriting hearth as nicely: Collectively, their resume contains current hits by Chris Young, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and Kelsea Ballerini. Success generally takes away time for composing, however not for Old Dominion.

“I feel we've got an enormous leg up on songwriting. That's what we got here right here to do, so we spent a lot time studying the way to write an excellent tune with nobody in thoughts," Ramsey says. "Now, we nonetheless attempt to hold that angle. We simply attempt to write an excellent tune, as a result of when you're chasing after an artist – even when you are that artist – you're not going to hit that mark since you by no means know what that artist is absolutely searching for. The tune is what dictates that, so it's a must to observe the tune and never an artist. In my thoughts, we simply sit down and attempt to write an excellent tune."

With 5 No. 1s of their cannon now, Ramsey admits they're somewhat extra cautious about giving a tune away ("We do maintain on to it somewhat longer now," he laughs). But regardless of who's singing their tunes, Old Dominion clearly know the songwriting recipe for fulfillment.