The “Rich Men North Of Richmond” singer stays true to his roots with a no-frills video of his original music.
Oliver Anthony is arguably one of the most unexpected yet most talked about artists in country music today. The Virginia native became an instant sensation after a video of him singing his original song “Rich Men North of Richmond” went viral this past summer.
Oliver Anthony is a man of humble background and the influence of those roots can be heard in his music. When hit with the instant wave of internet fame, the former factory worker revealed that he never planned to pursue music as a full-time singer.
“People in the music industry give me blank stares when I brush off 8 million dollar offers,” he said. “I don’t want 6 tour buses, 15 tractor trailers and a jet. I don’t want to play stadium shows, I don’t want to be in the spotlight. I wrote the music I wrote because I was suffering with mental health and depression. These songs have connected with millions of people on such a deep level because they’re being sung by someone feeling the words in the very moment they were being sung. No editing, no agent, no bullshit. Just some idiot and his guitar. The style of music that we should have never gotten away from in the first place.”
Oliver Anthony sits and plays an acoustic session on his guitar in the Virginia countryside.
Staying true to his grassroots style, the viral country singer shared an acoustic video last week from his property in Virginia. Oliver Anthony filmed six songs for what he called a “Six Strings and a Cell Phone Session.” He described the video saying:
“Here is a set of songs for anyone and everyone that I recorded on my land this past Sunday! I shot these on my s21 android phone that a lot of my original songs were recorded on, for old times sake!!”
During the set, Oliver Anthony treats viewers to his original songs: “I’ve Got To Get Sober,” “Always Love You (Like a Good Ole Dog),” “Virginia,” “Cobwebs & Cocaine,” “90 Some Chevy,” and “I Want To Go Home.”
See the full video below!