Matthew Ramsey calls his country band, Old Dominion, a brotherhood.
Together for 11 years, the five musicians have seen it all—the heartbreak of failed relationships, and the struggles and successes of a fledgling band.
“There are five of us, so when one of us gets down or discouraged, the rest of us can support that person,” the singer says. “It’s good to be out with your buddies and have them to lean on during the discouraging times, and to celebrate your victories.”
Old Dominion is in celebratory mode because its latest single, “Written in the Sand,” hit No. 1. The song appears on the group’s sophomore album, Happy Endings.
“It’s a song we believed in from the beginning,” Ramsey says. “We’re proud it’s doing well. It’s a different sound for us, and a different message. We hadn’t really dug that deep, I don’t think, as far as subject matter.
“It’s something a lot of people go through. When you’re in a relationship with somebody, at least one time, someone will ask to define it. Where is this going? Sometimes it’s a hard thing to go through. I think a lot of people can really identify with it.”
Fans will hear the song when the band headlines the free KMLE Country Double Header on Saturday, March 3, at The Pool at Talking Stick Resort. Dustin Lynch, who recently opened for Brad Paisley at Gila River Arena, hits the stage on Friday, March 2, to kick off the baseball-themed pool party weekend.
“During our headlining shows, we get to play a lot more than when we open for Kenny Chesney,” says Ramsey, whose band returns to the Valley in June to open for Chesney at Chase Field. “We’ll perform songs from both albums, and songs we wrote for some other people. We have so much fun when we get to play those types of sets. There is a lot of energy. There are a lot of lights. It’s a lot of fun.”
KMLE Country Double Header, The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, talkingstickresort.com, 6 p.m. Friday, March 2, with Dustin Lynch and High Valley, 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3, with Old Dominion and Brandon Lay, free, VIP tickets are $50.