‘Catch of the Day’ – Old Dominion – “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart” [AUDIO]
Today we feature a band who takes its name from the state from which two of the five members hale, and where they all attended college. Their 2015 debut album is on the verge of going gold and has spawned two #1 hits and a third single that just barely missed, peaking at #2.
The roots of Old Dominion can be traced back to the state that bares the moniker as a nickname, Virginia. Two of the group’s members, lead singer Matt Ramsey and drummer Whit Sellers, while bass player Geoff Sprung and multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen attended Virginia Commonwealth University (with Ramsey) and guitarist Brad Tursi attended James Madison University (with Sellers); both schools are located in Virginia.
The band came together in Nashville, in 2011, mostly to showcase songs the members wrote. Ramsey had written hits for The Band Perry, Rosen for Chris Young and the Perrys, while Tursi had a #1 with Tyler Farr and “A Guy Walks Into A Bar“, as well as songs for Kenny Chesney, Randy Rogers Band and the TV series Nashville. Together Ramsey and Rosen wrote songs for Dierks Bently and Craig Morgan.
In 2014, the quintet went into the studio with award winning producer Shane McAnally and emerged with a self-titled debut EP. The project produced on single, “Shut Me Up” which peaked at #58 on the country singles charts, but it received significant airplay on satellite radio. The EP peaked at #33 on the country albums chart.
Still unsigned at the end of 2014, the band released the second single from the EP, “Break Up With Him“. The song took off on extraterrestrial radio immediately, and was released to earthbound radio in January of 2015. The sudden exposure of the single caught the attention of RCA Nashville, who signed the group in February of 2015, going out on the road as the opening act of Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival tour. In between tour stops they entered the studio to record their debut album Meat and Candy. The album would be released on November 6th, and the following week, “Break Up With Him” would go to number 1, where it would remain for two weeks.
The album’s follow up singles “Snap Back” and “Song For Another Time” would peak at #2 and #1 respectively. We have the fourth single from the album in our spotlight today, brought to you by All-American Car Wash of Lawton. Old Dominion and “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart” is today’s Catch of the Day, new music you haven’t heard, but you’ll want to hear it again.