FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (July 19, 2018) — Concert Friday with special guests Walker County, Austin Moody
Old Dominion will bring their signature mix of country with rock, pop and even some hip-hop-inspired riffs to the Fort Leonard Wood community Friday night with a concert at Gerlach Field.
It’s been a nearly nonstop ride for the band since they debuted with their self-titled album late in 2014 and hit gold with their first breakout single “Break Up With Him” early in 2015. They’ve essentially been on tour ever since, writing and producing new music and picking up awards and accolades as they go. In a recent interview posted on the band’s website, lead singer Matthew Ramsey told Billboard magazine that the group writes and records between its more than 200 concert dates per year.
“We write and record a lot on the bus,” Ramsey said. “The overdubs and background vocals we did on our (current) album were mostly recorded in dressing rooms and in hotel rooms — we do a lot of work on the road.”
Ramsey is the lead songwriter in a band of songwriters, which includes guitarist/keyboardist Trevor Rosen, drummer Whit Sellers, guitarist Brad Tursi and bassist Geoff Sprung.
The entire band had a hand in writing “Break Up With Him,” their first hit to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart shortly before it was re-released as part of the band’s first studio album “Meat and Candy.” That album produced two more hits, “Song for Another Time,” and “Snapback,” which reached No. 1 and No. 2, respectively on the Country Airplay charts in 2016. Their second studio album, “Happy Endings” released last year, has produced two No. 1 singles on the Airplay charts, “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” and “Written in the Sand.”
This time around, Old Dominion is the headliner, with opening acts Walker County and Austin Moody set to warm up the crowd at Gerlach Field.
Walker County is a family band, consisting of a harmonizing sister duo, Ivy Dene and Sophie Dawn, along with their father, Billy Walker, playing lead guitar. Originally from Sulphur Springs, Indiana, the group began touring four years ago and have built their own following with their signature sound.
Austin Moody has been performing since he joined his first bluegrass/gospel group at age 14, and has been writing, recording and performing ever since. Originally from Kingsport, Tennessee, Moody has made a name for himself on the Southern college circuit and is set to release his debut album.
Gates open at 5 p.m., followed by opening-act performances at 6:15 p.m. before Old Dominion takes the stage at 8:15 p.m.
The concert is a general-admission show, with attendees encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. No outside food or beverages will be allowed on the grounds. No professional photography will be allowed, and no pets will be allowed at the venue.
Tickets are $25 in advance and are available at the Leisure Travel Services office, located in the Exchange Mini Mall, Bldg. 490. Advance tickets can also be ordered online via WebTrac. Links are available via the event listing at https://leonardwood.armymwr.com. Tickets are $30 the day of the show. Children ages 3 and younger do not require a ticket.