Old Dominion Expands ‘Memory Lane’ EP Into Upcoming Full-Length Album
The 18-track project will include features with Megan Moroney and Blake Shelton.
Old Dominion; Photo by Mason Allen
Old Dominion is expanding their 8-song Memory Lane EP into a full-length project, due to drop Oct. 6.
The new 18-track project will include previously released fan-favorites such as “I Should Have Married You,” “Easier Said With Rum,” “Ain’t Got A Worry,” the title track, “Memory Lane,” and more. On top of these tunes, the band will introduce a set of new songs that celebrate the joy of living while diving deeper into the pond of reflection and self-realization.
“We always knew this was going to be a full album,” member Matthew Ramsey shared via press release and socials, “But we wanted to give our fans the opportunity to absorb it completely. Over the years, we’ve developed a conversation with fans, bad days, big moments, I’d like to think our songs make both better. We wanted to make an album that takes our songs and looks a little deeper into what happens between two people. Just because it’s deep, though, it doesn’t mean the music can’t feel good.”
Just days before the announcement of their expanded project was made, the band began teasing a collaboration with rising female songstress, Megan Moroney. We now know the secretive duet that’s set to appear on the upcoming collection is titled “Can’t Break Up Now.”
“Megan’s a really intuitive singer, but she’s also a very smart songwriter – and she came at this song from what was being said, how the melody rises and kind of blew our minds,” Ramsey shared. “I think we all loved the way she creates a song, her sense of how notes flow, but she’s both songwriter/singer who came in and pushed this song to almost a scene from a movie.”
Moroney added, “I didn’t write this song but when it was sent over, I thought the lyrics told a story that we all can relate to. The melody was infectious and it’s not like anything I’ve ever put out and ’ve been a fan of Old Dominion for a while & I’m really excited to be featured on this!”
Another surprise name that appeared on the track list is Blake Shelton. As a fan of the band, Shelton was tapped to record a new rendition of the feel-good anthem, “Ain’t Got A Worry.” According to a press release, the unreleased version of the song features Old Dominion’s signature wave of harmonies, groovy undertone, and conversational feeling that makes it a friend-to-friend celebration of getting out of your own way and feeling the moment.
“When Blake started talking about us,” Ramsey explains, “it was a little surreal. But it was also cool. Trevor had co-written ‘Sangria,’ which was a big hit for him, so it wasn’t completely crazy to ask him to join us on a track. We sent some songs over, and he picked ‘Ain’t Got A Worry.’”
“Funny thing is: if we’d really looked at the songs, of course, he did. That’s exactly how Blake lives.”
This news comes shortly after the project’s title track, “Memory Lane,” topped the charts, earning the band their ninth No. 1 hit.
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 five-man band 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! 🙏❤️”
Old Dominion recently closed out their extensive summer run with a performance in front of over 14,000 fans at Cheyenne Frontier Days as well as three make-up concerts that needed to be postponed as a result of Ramsey’s ATV accident earlier this year.
Next up, Old Dominion will continue with their extended No Bad Vibes Tour 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.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.