Grange Fair band preview: Old Dominion

Old Dominion
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Old Dominion is a name to watch for in country music.

Although the band’s members are not yet well known by name, their work as songwriters is certainly famous.

During the past 10 years of writing and honing their sound as a band, a number of Old Dominion’s songs have been recorded and released by an impressive list that includes The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Tyler Farr, Kenny Chesney, Dustin Lynch, Blake Shelton and Craig Morgan.

While they are happy with their radio success as songwriters, the band has goals to present their own music to audiences.

Old Dominion’s original sound is composed of Matthew Ramsey as lead singer and on electric guitar; Brad Tursi on lead guitar and background vocals; Trevor Rosen on acoustic guitar keys and background vocals; Geoff Sprung on bass and background vocals; and Whit Sellers on drums.

A majority of the group grew up in Virginia, and they all knew each other before forming Old Dominion.

“I had been doing my own thing musically for a while, but I knew Geoff and Whit, and I was always a big fan of their band,” Ramsey said. “A few years after I moved to Nashville, they ended up moving here too, so of course it was a natural fit to play together.”

In 2003, Ramsey was introduced to Rosen, and they immediately felt the undeniable musical chemistry.

“Matt had formed his band with Whit and Geoff, and I found myself jumping up on stage with them quite a bit,” Rosen said. “At one point I said to Matt, ‘I know all your songs and write half of them with you anyway, I should just be in your band.’ I said it half-jokingly, and I’m not entirely sure he ever gave his official blessing, but I started showing up and just never stopped.”

In 2012, the final piece was added. Tursi had attended James Madison University in Virginia with Sprung and Sellers and frequently crossed paths with the band. Once they heard him on guitar, Old Dominion was complete.

With recent success playing their own music at live shows, the band is excited to continue forming their sound.

“To hear that and to feel that interaction it takes it to a completely different level,” Ramsey said. “It’s a breath of fresh air to play for a crowd of people that knows your music.”