Oliver Anthony’s meteoric rise to country music stardom continues, and fans of the Virginia native will certainly be excited to learn that his first studio album will be released in 2024.
Most of all of the music that’s been released by Anthony, whose actual name is Christopher Anthony Lunsford, has been stripped down and as authentic as possible. Look up any of his music videos and it’s just him and his guitar belting out hits in the middle of the woods, and listen to any of his songs and you’ll notice there’s a reason for the simple sound he’s become known for.
Oliver Anthony sat down for an interview with Billboard to talk about his upcoming album, and explain what kind of (improved) sound fans can expect:
“In my opinion, it’s probably going to blow away everything else I’ve done so far, because everything has been recorded with just the internal microphone off of an about broken-in-half Android phone with a cracked screen.
Even the ‘Radio West Virginia’ videos used very basic equipment, so I had never had anything recorded with studio-quality equipment. So even just the vocal quality should absolutely knock people’s socks off, compared to what they’re used to hearing.”
Yeah, anything that Oliver Anthony has produced thus far has been absolute gold, and aside from the Radio WV material, he’s recording most of it through a broken, beat-up Android phone. Imagine how great his voice and music will sound with just the slightest bit of production, not that he really needs it, or even wants it.
Anthony continued in the interview and spoke on his desire for his first album to still have his signature, genuine sound:
“I want everything to still be authentic, and I want it to be me playing the music and not like a whole group of people involved. Everything now is just so carefully refined and edited and so we won’t have any of that.
If anything, some of the songs are going to be recorded on older equipment from the ‘40s, ‘50s, (and) ‘60s.”
That stereo sound from the 1940’s through the 1960’s will certainly pair up with Anthony’s style, and hearing that he wants his new album to sound older only makes sense for a country artist that seems to be from an entirely different generation.
And you might have noticed that Anthony said he doesn’t want a lot of people involved in the album-making process. He’s only ever done music by and for himself, and that’s gone over pretty well so far.
Anthony will continue to do that when he records his first album in a studio in Georgia. Though he’ll probably only be a couple of hours from Nashville, he made sure to point out that he wants nothing to do with the country scene in the Music City:
“I’m never going to be in Nashville sitting with people co-writing, ever. Most anything I put out is going to be something I write just by myself and if I do co-write something with somebody, it’s going to be with another artist and we’re going to be singing the song together.
I don’t ever want to sit in some writing circle somewhere and have somebody in khaki pants and a collared shirt figuring out what my words are from my song. There’s a million other people that can go do that. I’m not one of those guys.”
Until that new album finally comes out, I guess we’ll all just have to queue up some of his already released hits like “I Want To Go Home.”
Take a listen:
Oliver Anthony’s ‘Out Of The Woods Tour’
In addition to the new album, Oliver will also be hitting the road next year, touring across the United States, as well as parts of Europe. Dubbed the Out Of The Woods Tour, the fun will kick off in February with a European leg that begins in Sweden, and it will wrap up on February 13th in Ireland.
He’ll return to the US at the end of February to tour across the Southeast, up to the Midwest and Northern parts of the country from late February through September of 2024.
FEB 1, 2024
FEB 2, 2024
FEB 5, 2024
FEB 7, 2024
FEB 8, 2024
FEB 10, 2024
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
FEB 12, 2024
FEB 13, 2024
FEB 21, 2024
FEB 22, 2024
FEB 24, 2024
Florida Strawberry Festival
Plant City, FL
MAR 2, 2024
MAR 3, 2024
MAR 8, 2024
Rapides Parish Coliseum
MAR 9, 2024
MAR 15, 2024
CMC Rocks QLD 2024
APR 4, 2024
Billy Bob’s Texas
Fort Worth, TX
APR 5, 2024
Round Rock Amp
Round Rock, TX
APR 6, 2024
APR 12, 2024
Cadence Bank Arena
APR 13, 2024
First National Bank Arena