what three ingredients fuel Old Dominion?
If the band’s new album is any indication to listeners, the Old Dominion cocktail features a pinch of time, a shot of tequila, and a sprinkle of therapy.
And that’s why the chart-topping country-pop outfit named a new album “Time, Tequila and Therapy.”
“The title comes from a song from ‘No Hard Feelings’,” said singer Matthew Ramsey. “That line sums up what we are as a band. Those three things are a big makeup of this band.”
For the latest effort, the group retreated from Nashville to Asheville, North Carolina for a three-week writing-recording session, releasing 13 songs that ranged between the band’s slick take on tip-toes modern country-pop from the ’80s. Takes on the rock of the decade. A guest spot from Influence and a Soul Tale.
The band releases “Time, Tequila & Therapy” on Fridays through Sony Music Nashville. The album follows the self-titled release of 2019 that garnered the band a pair of CMA Awards and an ACM Award for Song of the Year “One Man Band” in 2020.
“There are so many different vibes [on ‘Time, Tequila & Therapy],” said multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen. “Not a lot of the songs sound like each other, but they all come together on this album. I think there’s a great deal in that.”
In leaving Nashville, Old Dominion — featuring Rosen, Ramsey, guitarist Brad Turcy, bassist Geoff Sprung and drummer Whit Sellers — expected to avoid experiencing a handful of recording sessions, Ramsey said.
“The way we made this album has always been a pipe dream for us, or so we thought,” Ramsey said. “We really wanted time to make in the studio.”
He continued, “[We could] Just stay in one place and be creative till we sleep. We went there without any songs already written. We used to wake up every morning, write a song and record it that afternoon.”
Tursi said: “Whenever you first write a song you get so excited about it so you have to capitalize on that enthusiasm and take it straight into the recording process. There wasn’t time to think, ‘Is this song always going to happen? would be good for?'”
Bassist Geoff Sprung said that Old Dominion hoped to return to Nashville with three to five songs. Instead, he left North Carolina for one last time with an album.
“Once the ball got rolling in the first few days, we all got burned and realized it was easily going to be more than five songs,” Sprung said. “And we ended up with a full album.”
‘Time, Tequila & Therapy’ features Old Dominion’s lighter moments, notably “I Wanna Live in a House With You Forever,” a stripped-back track that blends the group’s pop sensibilities with whimsical Americana moments. adds up.
In the song, Ramsey happily sings, “A yard with a cat and a dog named ‘Blue’ / A couple rug rats sing ‘Buck my shoe’ / A wonderful view doesn’t need a window / I’m a I want to stay at home with you forever.”
And the band set this moment of honesty apart from satire, Sellers said.
“I was satirizing some country song, I can’t remember the name,” Sellers said, “I have a list of trashy, funny, non-useful titles and phrases and stuff. We’re going down that list. We’re – laughing about it – and that title comes out. You know, lyricist, man. Can’t turn it off.”
In a way, the process feels therapeutic—one of the essential ingredients for Old Dominion.
“[‘Time, Tequila’ & Therapy’] Really a snapshot of the creative space we were in for the time being,” Rosen said.