Old Dominion Unlock Their Studio Secrets in New Documentary

Old Dominion: Band Behind the Curtain is out now.

Written by Chris Parton
Old Dominion Unlock Their Studio Secrets in New Documentary
Old Dominion; Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville

Old Dominion take fans inside one of Nashville’s most famous recording studios in Old Dominion: Band Behind The Curtain, revealing the secrets of their potent songwriting in the process.

Shot inside Music City’s Blackbird Studios, the short-form documentary takes a slightly different approach to the typical behind-the-music style story. Instead of just focusing on the band and their own hits, Band Behind the Curtain digs deep into what it takes to create a hit — even if it’s for someone else. The members of Old Dominion were respected songwriters before their band took off, and the film explains the creation of favorites like “Say You Do” by Dierks Bentley, “Save It for a Rainy Day” by Kenny Chesney and “Make You Miss Me” by Sam Hunt.

“With songwriting we made the decision to write what we thought was cool and what we were enjoying instead of chasing something,” lead singer Matthew Ramsey says. “Once you find a great song, it’ll find it’s home,” bandmate Trevor Rosen adds, “but first and foremost, you just gotta try to write a great song.”

The band then records new versions of those tracks with producer Shane McAnally, and both the documentary and the three-song EP are available exclusively on Apple Music. Old Dominion just won their second straight CMA Vocal Group of the Year award.