Old Dominion Performs An Impressive John Mellencamp Cover And Two No. 1 Hits During ‘iHeartCountry BBQ’ Special

Old Dominion; Photo Courtesy of 2020 iHeartRadio
Old Dominion; Photo Courtesy of 2020 iHeartRadio
Old Dominion; Photo Courtesy of 2020 iHeartRadio

Old Dominion performed two of their No. 1 hits “Make It Sweet” and “One Man Band” as well as a cover of John Mellencamp’s “Pink Houses” on Friday (July 3) during the 1-hour iHeartCountry 4th Of July BBQ Special presented by Lowes.

Host Bobby Bones introduced the group as his “favorite band” and he says that he truly means that and that he wasn’t joking.

The band performed fireside while sitting upon boulders, Matthew Ramsey’s dog even joined in on the fun, making a cameo throughout their performance.

Ahead of their performance of “Make It Sweet” and “One Man Band,” Ramsey told viewers “Music brings people together in all times.”

“It was an important song when John Mellencamp wrote it. And it’s just as important – if not more important – today,” Ramsey said before performing John Mellencamp’s “Pink Houses.”

The classic hit appears on Mellencamp’s album Uh-Huh and was written by Mellencamp, recorded in a farmhouse in Brownstown, Indiana. The song was inspired when Mellencamp was driving home to Bloomington, Indiana on Interstate 65 from the Indianapolis airport and an old black man was sitting outside his little pink shotgun house with his cat on his lap, completely unperturbed by the traffic speeding along the highway in his front yard. “He waved, and I waved back,” Mellencamp told Rolling Stone in an interview.

The iHeartCountry 4th Of July BBQ presented by Lowes Home Improvement, took place on Friday (July 3) at 8/7c on The CW Network, as well as on iHeartCountry stations nationwide. The special will replay throughout the 4th of July weekend on CWTV.com and on iHeartCountry stations across the country. Performances during the virtual event included Kane Brown, Lauren Alaina and Old Dominion, hosted by iHeartMedia radio personality, Bobby Bones.

Executive producers for “iHeartCountry 4th of July BBQ” are John Sykes and Tom Poleman for iHeartMedia and Joel Gallen for Tenth Planet Productions.

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