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Old Dominion is trying out something new - a duet.
The group recently released its "Memory Lane" EP, and now they're gearing up for a full-length album of the same name -- and it includes a Megan Moroney duet. Blake Shelton is also featured on a song.
"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!" said Old Dominion singer Matthew Ramsey of the duet "Can't Break Up Now." "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."
While Moroney didn't write the song, the lyrics told a story she could relate to, and she thinks everyone else can, too.
"The melody was infectious, and it's not like anything I've ever put out," she said. "I've been a fan of Old Dominion for a while, and I'm really excited to be featured on this."
"Memory Lane" expands on the EP and is 18 songs deep. The project will be available Oct. 6.
"We always knew this was going to be a full album," Ramsey said. "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."
But nothing may feel as good as learning Blake Shelton would jump on their song "Ain't Got A Worry." Old Dominion sent Shelton some songs to choose from, and that's what he picked.
"When Blake started talking about us, it was a little surreal," Ramsey said. "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.'"
Then he added: "Funny thing is, if we'd really looked at the songs, of course, he did. That's exactly how Blake lives."
Since the five-man band debuted in 2014, members have accumulated six billion streams and nine No. 1 songs, including "Written in the Sand," "Hotel Key" and "One Man Band."
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