Initially, the members of Old Dominion got together to showcase the songs they
had been writing for other acts, but they formalized their arrangement as a band
in 2007 when they began to catch fire on the live circuit. “We already knew we
were hit songwriters because people were recording our songs and making them
hits,” Rosen says. “People were coming out to see us. We just couldn’t get a
record deal. So we said, ‘Let’s go out and play a million shows and build it
ourselves. Let’s keep writing and record something that we think is the album.’
Then a hit happened. And a hit changes everything.”

That hit was “Break Up With Him,” a sly, hip-hop-influenced toe-tapper that
became the first single off Old Dominion’s 2015 debut album Meat and Candy.

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