Feel-good hit makers Old Dominion get serious on a new track from their upcoming album, offering up the redemptive “Some People Do.”
Branching out from the lighthearted singles of the past – which include six straight No.1’s at country radio – the plainspoken ballad is a quiet reflection on personal mistakes, and an apology. It’s built on just a piano and cello, as lead singer Matthew Ramsey asks for forgiveness with unflinching honesty and a new falsetto vocal.
“Some people quit drinkin’ too much / And some people quit lying / Some people decide to grow up / But it’s never good timing / Most wouldn’t forget / What I put you through / But I’m here tonight / Hoping some people do,” Ramsey sings in the chorus.
The band are aware the track is a departure from the tone found on most of their previous work, but Ramsey says they felt called to take a few emotional risks with their upcoming third LP.
“We pushed ourselves to be more raw and vulnerable with our songwriting on this album,” he explains. “It’s a side of us we haven’t shown as blatantly on our other projects. ‘Some People Do’ is very emotional and personal. Quite honestly, it’s a little scary to put out into the world. But in the end, part of our job as songwriters is to tell the truth, even if it’s hard to go there.”
Old Dominion is currently out on their headlining Make It Sweet Tour, with cross-country dates running all summer long and a European leg scheduled for fall.