Vidalia began as a group of friends working on a studio project with songwriter Ronnie Calhoun, singer Charlie Hugg, and producer Matt Tortorich. Before they knew it they had two EPs that hit top 25 (#11 & #24) on the iTunes Country Charts, a #3 spot on the Billboard Heatseekers South Central Chart, and a video to their hit song “Louisianne” playing on the big screens in LSU’s Tiger Stadium on Saturday nights before football games. They have also received a shout out from New Orleans Saints legend Drew Brees, had their music played in LSU’s Alex Box Stadium, and had their music streamed over 1 million times.
They have created a powerful new blend of music that is hard to define. It’s a fresh new sound that seems to have the ingredients of Outlaw Country, Texas Red Dirt, Americana, and Rock N Roll. Calhoun, the group’s primary songwriter, has a writing style that has been described as “somewhere between Texas and Nashville.” Tortorich is widely respected and considered one of the best up and coming producers in the business. His versatility and experience from producing albums in several different genres has been a major influence on the unique sound the Vidalia project has found.
In February 2017, with Calhoun and Tortorich looking to take their show on the road and Hugg deciding to step away to focus on his upcoming marriage, Vidalia began to look for their new lead singer. Calhoun’s first call was to long-time friend and country music veteran David St. Romain. St. Romain was a finalist on the nationally televised Nashville Star in 2007 and has enjoyed a great solo career. He was excited for the opportunity to work with one of his great friends and the new Vidalia was born.