As their name might elude, the band Old Dominion loves Virginia. Four out of the five band members are from the Commonwealth.
“It’s always extra special when we come back to Virginia and sing for a bunch of Virginians,” said lead singer Matt Ramsey.
Ramsey and fellow band mates initially moved to Nashville, the heartland of country music, to be successful songwriters and achieved that ambitious goal. Ramsey can be credited for writing hits for artists Luke Bryant, The Band Perry, Craig Morgan, Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley. Ramsey said the transition from songwriter to front man is the ultimate confirmation as a songwriter.
“This is the best validation,” said Ramsey, “to get to be the artists that deliver the song to the audience and feels that direct connection to them.”
Fans are excited to hear one of Old Dominion’s newer songs, “Be With Me.” The music video for the song has a beautiful message of women empowerment. Ramsey and some of his bandmates are fathers to young girls which is where the inspiration for the video came from.
“That song could have been taken a couple of different ways,” Ramsey said. “On surface level it could be a pick-up-line kind of song. However, a lot of us have daughters and it’s obviously a difficult world for everyone but it’s nice when women are recognized for being the powerhouses they can be. As fathers, that’s the message we want our daughters to hear, that they can be anything, that they are powerful, that they are important.”
With hit songs like “Be With Me” and “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” it’s clear that Old Dominion is doing more than just writing catchy tunes, they’re using their platform to spread messages of positivity and light.
“For us it was important to put ‘No Such Thing as a Broken Heart’ out because it has a different message than fans have heard from us.” Ramsey said. “It’s packaged in a fun sounding track but it’s a serious message and that’s something we wanted to say and hear ourselves as well. You have to keep going even when you’re fearful. There’s a lot going on in the world that can bring you down so it’s important to remember to keep your chin up.”
Ramsey and the other band members of Old Dominion are ready to be back in their beloved home state on Thursday, December 7th, and Norfolk is excited to have them.
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