After Oliver Anthony burst onto the scene with his viral hit “Rich Men North of Richmond,” just a few short days later the Virginia native was playing a farmer’s market in North Carolina when country legend Jamey Johnson showed up and joined Anthony on stage for a performance of “In Color.”
Anthony (whose real name is Christopher Anthony Lunsford) has since revealed that he’s kept in contact with Johnson during his quick rise to fame, calling Johnson somewhat of a “father figure” as he’s tried to navigate the music business for the first time.
“He’s everything you’d think he is. He’s just been a big help, like almost kind of a, I don’t know if you’d want to say a father figure in the industry, but there’s been some very good-hearted people.
Despite all the craziness and all the people that have come out just clawing at me…there’s been a lot of that. There’s also been a lot of just really down to earth people that just have the interest of me trying to preserve whatever it is I’ve created here and turn it into something to help keep me on the train tracks.
It has been a wild couple of weeks, but it’s been a lot of fun.”
Well last night the two found themselves on the same stage once again – and while they also reprised their duet of “In Color,” this time they teamed up for one of Anthony’s songs too.
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, the famous purple honky tonk on Nashville’s Lower Broadway, held their annual birthday bash last night. The free event shut down Broadway and brought out names like Lee Brice, Montgomery Gentry, Randy Houser, and even Wheeler Walker Jr. to perform for the massive crowd.
Johnson was also on hand to celebrate, and as he and Houser were performing together, he brought out Anthony to join them for their performance of Johnson’s biggest hit, “In Color.”
And they also joined Anthony for a full-band performance of his viral hit “Rich Men North of Richmond,” much to the delight of the Nashville crowd.
Imagine having Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser backing you up on your own song in front of a packed street full of people. Not bad for somebody who has only been on the scene for a little over a month.