Out now and featuring three tracks the band of buddies wrote together, but didn’t quite fit the Old Dominion brand, the project offers an interesting look into Nashville’s songwriting culture. Not every song written by the group’s Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung and Brad Tursi will work for them, but that doesn’t mean the tracks aren’t special.
The set includes “Save It for a Rainy Day,” (Kenny Chesney), “Make You Miss Me” (Sam Hunt) and “Say You Do” (Dierks Bentley) — each of which went Number One — and Old Dominion also reveal the making of the project with producer Shane McAnally in a new documentary titled Old Dominion: Band Behind The Curtain.
“With songwriting we made the decision to write what we thought was cool and what we were enjoying instead of chasing something,” lead singer Ramsey says in the film.
“Once you find a great song, it’ll find its home,” Rosen adds. “But first and foremost, you just gotta try to write a great song.”
Band Behind the Curtain is out now, and it’s not the only unique project the band has undertaken in 2020. Keeping busy even though live concerts are all postponed, the good-natured band of friends also re-recorded their self-titled third album using only “meows” for vocals, creating the hilarious (and still catchy) Meow Mix.
Meanwhile, Old Dominion recently took home Vocal Group of the Year at the 2020 CMA Awards, and just scored another round of Grammy nominations — they’re up for “Best Country Song” and “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” for “Some People Do.”