Old Dominion Celebrates Ninth No. 1 With ‘Memory Lane’
“This means more to us than we could ever describe to you all,” the band shared.
Matthew Ramsey of Old Dominion; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Old Dominion has broken their own record with their latest chart-topping single, “Memory Lane.”
With this reflective, upbeat tune, the six-time Academy of Country Music and five-time Country Music Association “Vocal Group of the Year” racked up the most points by a duo or group in a single week and the most spins in a single week by a duo or group.
In this short period of time, “Memory Lane” earned 9,124 plays, which marks the third largest point increase behind Tim McGraw’s “I Called Mama” and Megan Moroney’s “Tennessee Orange.” Additionally, this successful number surpasses Old Dominion’s previous record of 9,050 spins on 2017’s “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart.”
Taking to social media to celebrate their ninth No. 1, the band comprised of Matthew Ramsey, Brad Tursi, Trevor Rosen, Geoff Sprung and Whit Sellers shared their gratitude for all their supportive listeners as well as country radio for playing their music on the airwaves.
The post read, “Thank you so very much to our amazing fans and to country radio for giving us our 9th #1 song! This means more to us than we could ever describe to you all. We feel the love and we’ll keep doing our best to earn it! 🙏❤️”
Throughout the buoyant instrumentals and sentimental lyrics, “Memory Lane” transports listeners back in time to relive the moments when some of their happiest memories were first created. Co-penned by Matthew Ramsey with Jessie Jo Dillon and bandmates Tursi and Rosen, the dynamic track creates a comforting outlet with its optimistic melody and dreamy tendencies that act as a sound addition to the band’s catalog.
“Somehow with that first line, when it happened in the writing session, all of us were immediately zapped into our little trip to that place,” Ramsey shared via press release as he reflects on the exciting news. “And that happens for everyone. When people hear it, they’re transported to wherever it is for them. You can see it on their faces, and it’s amazing watching that expression [of delight] light up an entire arena.”
“I can’t decide if it’s happy or sad,” Ramsey also admitted. “The reality is I’m so glad to have that place to go to. It definitely has a bounce to it, so it feels good; but when you listen, it’s a really deep nursery rhyme. If you’re young, it’s that hopeful space, but for an adult who’s been through some stuff, it’s a pretty great place to land.”
“Memory Lane” serves as the title track to Old Dominion’s newest 8-song EP, which spawned fan favorites including “I Should Have Married You,” “Easier Said With Rum,” “Ain’t Got A Worry” and more. Out now Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville, the project features a journey of reflection by the band members, and exemplifies how much growth they’ve achieved together thus far.
“We were certainly at a highpoint when the pandemic lockdown happened,” Ramsey says. “The rug got pulled out from under us, shifting how we saw everything about making music, what we give and mean to our fans, why we do what we do. There was some real introspection and discovery for us as individuals and as a band, and I think it made our music richer and truer for the people who’ve been listening.”
As Old Dominion continues to build their latest collection, Ramsey told Country Now that there is something even “bigger” in the works. In fact, he revealed that their next album is “almost done.”
“We’re very close to having it done. I think anyway, because, you know, the way this has all done is we keep writing and the way that we’re allowed to release music these days, you can just kind of keep stacking it on there. Who knows what we might write tomorrow, but for now, we have recorded some music that we’re very, very proud of and we cannot wait for the entire thing to come out,” he shared.
Old Dominion recently wrapped up their No Bad Vibes Tour with two sold out nights of 15,000 fans in Lake Tahoe, NV. The band will continue this trek with a new leg of shows that kicks off September 7 and features over 30 additional arenas nationwide. They will wrap up their continental U.S. tour at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena in December.
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