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Rooted in Country: Old Dominion on George Strait’s ‘If I Know Me’

During a year full of incredible debuts, Old Dominion has stood out as one of the most impressive country acts in 2016. Individually, members Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi have worked as songwriters in Nashville for years, penning hits for The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney.

They’ve been performing as a band since 2007, and over the years, they’ve earned a reputation as one of the best live bands in Nashville. With the release of their single “Shut Me Up” in 2014, they finally began to receive steady airplay, subsequently earning a spot as support on Kenny Chesney’s massive Big Revival Tour. The success of their independently released EP and “Shut Me Up” lead them to sign a record deal with RCA Nashville in February.

Just days before the release of their debut full-length effort, Meat and Candy, their breakthrough single, “Break Up with Him”, hit number one on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart. Their sound mixes classic country influences with a bouncy pop-rock sound that makes each song incredibly infectious without turning too sugary-sweet.

In the midst of this exciting time in their career, we asked the band to tell us one of their favorite classic country tracks that helped influence their songwriting process.

Guitarist and keyboard player Trevor Rosen noted George Strait‘s classic track “If I Know Me” as one of his all-time favorites. “It has a timeless feel, both melodically and universally,” Rosen told Wide Open Country.

“If I Know Me” was released as the lead single to Strait’s eleventh studio album, Chill of an Early Fall. Written by Pam Belford and Dean Dillon, the track hit number one on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, the very same spot that’s currently held by “Shut Me Up”.

The regretful, but somewhat lighthearted track tells the story of a man who has left his significant other who knows he’ll eventually come running back. The influence of Strait’s style of storytelling and relatable delivery is apparent in many of Old Dominion’s well-crafted songs.

Click below to watch the original video for George Strait’s 1991 hit single, “If I Know Me”.

Old Dominion are currently promoting their newly-released debut album, Meat and Candy. In 2016, they’ll join Kenny Chesney’s Spread The Love Tour alongside Miranda Lambert through the end of August.

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Rooted in Country: Old Dominion on George Strait’s ‘If I Know Me’