Photo Above: (L-R) Whit Sellers, Brad Tursi, Matthew Ramsey, SVP of Programming and Artist Relations for Opry Entertainment and General Manager of the Grand Ole Opry Sally Williams, Trevor Rosen, Geoff Sprung. All Photo Credit: Mason Allen
Country band Old Dominion knocked out two birds with one stone. The Nashville band got to check playing the Ryman Auditorium off their bucket list and raise $40,000 for charity at “An Evening With Friends” benefit on Sept. 18.
“What an unforgettable night. The Nashville community has given so much to us. Our lives have changed in ways we could never have imagined – so we felt like this show at the Ryman was a great way to start giving back,” said Old Dominion front man and 2017 ASCAP Artist Writer of the Year Matthew Ramsey in a release. “There was so much love and music and history swirling around. We are beyond proud to be able to raise money and help those who need it – along with help from our friends!”
The special headline show also featured appearances surprise guests and collaborators Kenny Chesney, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt and Michael Ray. Chesney surprised the band on stage and had them play Chesney’s “Save It For A Rainy Day,” which was penned by Ramsey and guitarist Brad Tursi and hit #1 for three consecutive weeks. Ballerini joined the band to duet their #1 single “Written In The Sand” and her single “I Hate Love Songs,” which was co-written by band member Trevor Rosen. Michael Ray then performed his latest energetic single “The One That Got Away,” which was penned by Ramsey and Rosen. Lastly, Sam Hunt performed two songs with the band that included the #1 single “Make You Miss Me,” as well as “Ex To See,” both of which were co-written with Sam and Ramsey.
Reigning Academy of Country Music Vocal Group of the Year Old Dominion played 19 additional songs during their 120-minute set covering all their #1 hit singles, fan favorites, and debuted two brand new unreleased songs including the youthful, energetic “Make It Sweet” and the sentimental and spiritual “Smooth Sailing.”
“An Evening With Friends” show will benefit Opry Trust Fund and the other half benefitting the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. The two foundations will split the $40,000 raised.
The bucket list event lands between legs the band’s Happy Endings World Tour which has sold out arena shows throughout North America and will continue on Oct. 4 at Knoxville Coliseum in Tennessee. The tour has over 25 dates between October and December with stops in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
Check out photos from the successful evening below.