The five members of the band Old Dominion laughed when asked if they had any advice for Keith Urban, who will host the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards.
“I don’t think we’re the ones to give Keith Urban any advice,” lead singer Matthew Ramsey told USA TODAY. “If there was ever a pro, in all aspects of this business, it’s that guy.”
Urban, the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, is “such a calming presence,” Ramsey continued. Urban is the first to host the awards show from Nashville, after they moved from Las Vegas. He’s also tasked with hosting an awards show in the pandemic era, something that’s proved difficult for the MTV VMAs and other awards shows so far.
“If he just goes out there and is himself then I think he will pretty much, single-handedly make everyone feel better,” Ramsey said.
“And don’t lose your accent Keith!” guitarist Brad Tursi added, eliciting more laughter.
Old Dominion is up for five awards, including Single and Song of the Year for “One Man Band”, at Wednesday night’s ACMs (CBS, 8 p.m./7 CT). The band will perform a medley of their hits from the Ryman Auditorium. The historic Ryman is one of three venues on the broadcast, along with the Grand Ole Opry and the Bluebird Café. Kane Brown, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Eric Church and Carrie Underwood are set to perform. Following the surprise release of her album “Folklore”, Taylor Swift will return to her country roots to perform on the show for the first time in seven years.
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As far as safety measures in response to the pandemic, Ramsey said the producers have “set some pretty strict guidelines.”
There will be extensive COVID-19 testing for people involved with the show. Masks and social distancing measures are in place as are increased sanitized protocols.
“It’s going to come off great on TV,” Ramsey said. “But for our experience, we usually hang out and have drinks with all of our buddies, so it’s going to be a little bit different.”
“Different” has become normal throughout 2020, especially for the entertainment industry. Old Dominion was set to support Kenny Chesney’s “Chillaxification” tour, one of the many treks sidelined by the pandemic. The band will join Chesney on the rescheduled dates for 2021. As for this year, Ramsey revealed that Old Dominion plans to work on a new album. For the first time, the bandmates will live together while recording it.
“We will either come out with something great, kill each other or both,” Ramsey said.
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