• Brothers Osborne

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Years before they climbed the country charts with songs like “Stay a Little Longer” and “Rum,” the Brothers Osborne grew up in Deale, Maryland, a small fishing town on the Atlantic seaboard. It was a cozy place, filled with blue-collar workers who made their living on the water. During the weekends, many of those workers would head over to the Osborne household, where a series of loose, all-night jam sessions filled the Maryland air with the sounds of Bob Seger, Hank Williams, Tom Petty and George Jones.

The Osborne siblings strummed their first chords during those jam sessions. From the very start, TJ Osborne was the brother with the voice. He sang in a thick, low baritone, crooning like Johnny Cash long before he was even old enough to drive. Older brother John, on the other hand, was the family’s guitar shredder, his fingers capable of down-home bluegrass licks, arena-worthy rock riffs, country twang, and everything in between. Combined, the two Osbornes could play everything from traditional country music to rock & roll, creating a broad, full-bodied sound that would eventually fill the 11 songs on their major-label debut, Pawn Shop.

Like its title suggests, Pawn Shop offers a little bit of everything. There’s bluesy slide guitar, country duets, southern rock solos, harmonies, and plenty of groove. The hooks are big, the guitars are loud, and the songs — every last one of them co-written by the Osbornes, who reached out to award-winning songwriters like Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman for help — introduce a duo whose music bridges the gap between the mainstream and the alternative world. Some songs were written at home in Nashville, while others came together on the road, where the guys spent several years headlining their own club shows, touring the country with Darius Rucker, and playing some of the biggest arenas in America with fellow rule-breaker Eric Church.

“Most duos are built on singing,” says TJ. “But John is an incredible guitar player, and this band is built on me singing and John playing guitar. It gives us two parallels that work nicely together.”

“It’s like an old-school rock approach,” adds John, who cites classic bands like Aerosmith and the Allman Brothers as influences on the duo’s dynamic. “Groups like that always had the lead singer as well as the sideman guitar player. That’s what we’re going for, too. We’re carving our own path in country music.”

That unique path has already led the band toward the upper half of the country charts. “Rum” got them there first, mixing the feel-good sunshine of a beach tune with a far more realistic storyline. There’s no actual beach in “Rum,” after all. Instead, Brothers Osborne turn the song into a tribute to the simple pleasures that their Maryland hometown offers: friends, good weather, and the occasional drink. They even filmed the song’s music video in Deale, filling the clip with footage of friends, relatives, and locals.

“Most people we grew up with don’t go to these beautiful beaches,” says TJ. “They can’t afford to do it. They don’t have the time for it. What we’re most familiar with is people going to the local bars and hanging out with each other.” John adds, “We tried to have the biggest time possible with what little we had. ‘Rum’ explains that.” The brothers agree, “We had to say it from our own perspective.”

A similar theme runs throughout “Dirt Rich” and “Pawn Shop,” two songs that stress the importance of appreciating what you’ve got. Pawn Shop dishes up plenty of love songs, too, from “Loving Me Back” — an old-school country duet featuring vocals from Lee Ann Womack — to “Stay a Little Longer,” the band’s biggest hit to date. While a three-minute guitar solo brings “Stay a Little Longer” to an epic, anthemic close, Brothers Osborne also devote time to more laid-back songs, from the nostalgic California country of “21 Summer” to the 420-friendly “Greener Pastures.”

Brothers Osborne, who co-produced the album with Jay Joyce (the award-winning producer behind Little Big Town’s Painkiller, Eric Church’s The OutsidersStoryteller), recorded most of Pawn Shop during breaks in their busy touring schedule, using members of their own touring band rather than session musicians from the Nashville community. The result is an album that’s stamped with the unmistakable mark of a band. It doesn’t sound like two singers, flanked by anonymous players. Instead, it sounds like a group of road warriors who’ve spent years sharing bus seats and hotel rooms, creating the sort of chemistry that can’t be faked. Pawn Shop is both raw and real, and Brothers Osborne — who, years after those household jam sessions in Deale, now have a handful of nationwide tours under their belts, songs on the charts, and a career on the rise — are no longer a family secret.

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THANKSGIVING 2018: LINERS

Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey I’m Adam Hambrick, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

 

Audio / LINER AJ (Thanksgiving)

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“Hi! This is Alan Jackson. I hope y’all have a very happy Thanksgiving out there.”

Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey Guys, I’m Billy Currington. Have a great Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey y’all! This is Brandon Lay. Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey! This is TJ, and this is John, and we’re wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”

Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Thanksgiving)

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“Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey! This is Clare Dunn, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”

Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey! It’s Dierks Bentley! Happy Thanksgiving!”

Audio / LINER Eric Church (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey folks! It’s Eric Church, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey guys! Gary Allan here. I just want to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving, and have a Happy Holidays and make sure you’re safe out there. Drive safe. Party your butts off, but do it safe.”

Audio / LINER George Strait (Thanksgiving)

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“Hi! This is George Strait, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Thanksgiving)

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Hey y’all, I’m Jon Langston, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey! It’s Jon Pardi, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey I’m Jordan Davis. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.”

Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey y’all I’m Josh Turner, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Thanksgiving)

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“Happy Thanksgiving everybody. It’s Keith Urban here. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all of you listening for your incredible love and support that I’ve received over the last year, and to wish you and all of your family all the very best for this holiday.”

Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey what’s up guys, this is Kip Moore wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”

Audio / LINER LBT (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey, we’re Little Big Town. Happy Thanksgiving!”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey everybody! I’m Maddie, and I’m Tae, and we’re Maddie & Tae, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (Happy Thanksgiving)

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“Hey! It’s Mickey Guyton here, and I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Thanksgiving)

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Hey y’all! It’s Travis Denning, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

KACEY, DIERKS, BROTHERS O, JON AND LAUREN ARE THE SUBJECTS OF SOME PRETTY “MEAN TWEETS.”

The fourth edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Mean Tweets aired after the 52nd Annual CMA Awards, and several of your favorite country artists read some pretty twisted tweets about themselves, including Dierks Bentley, Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Jon Pardi and Lauren Alaina, among others.

BROTHERS OSBORNE WINS CMA DUO OF THE YEAR FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW.

Brothers Osborne picked up their third consecutive CMA Award for Duo of the Year. The two are completely humbled by the support they’ve received from their peers and the music industry. “I am genuinely just as shocked as I was the first year we won one of these,” says TJ Osborne. “I’m humbled. I’m very grateful.”

“I don’t know why we keep winning this,” said John Osborne after their name was called. “If this was in Florida, there would definitely be a recount,” TJ added.

During their acceptance and backstage in the pressroom, the two gave props to another duo in the category, Dan + Shay, who have had a huge year on the charts. “The Duo category can go any which way. I mean, you look at us, comparatively speaking, we’re kind of maybe somewhere in the middle in terms of the numbers and I don’t know (laughs) what it is. I don’t really know why we’re holding these up here and it’s super rad and I’m definitely going to be putting this on my mantle, but you look at somebody like Dan+ Shay and I just love to see good people win and succeed and people that work really hard at what they do and they’re kind to people along the way and they’re immensely talented,” says John. “I think one of the most amazing pieces of advice I was ever given was to work hard and be nice to people, and I think that’s why we have these. We work really hard and we try to be respectful to everyone around us. Dan + Shay are the same way, and also they have HUGE songs out on the radio too. They actually have a step above us on that, and we just love those guys. They’re very sweet. They’re very supportive. One of the things that I love about the country music genre is that it’s a family and we’re all really, really close. We’re all a bunch of misfits thrown together. We’re all a little different, but we love one another and respect one another. I’m just honored for the both of us to be a part of this awesome family.”

The two tweeted their fans, “The immense amount of gratitude and overwhelming feeling of love and support is something that will stick with us for the rest of our lives. We’re eternally grateful to be part of the country music community and can’t thank our fans enough for the gift they keep giving us.”

The guys have hit the country charts with their new song, “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You), and recently announced an extension of their headlining world tour. The guys kick off 2019 in Chicago January 10th and will hit more than 40 additional markets including New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville.

Audio / Brothers Osborne’s TJ Osborne says he’s very humbled by their third consecutive CMA Duo of the Year award.

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Brothers Osborne (humbled by third CMA) OC: …tonight. :11
TJ: “I am genuinely just as shocked as I was the first year we won one of these. I’m humbled. I’m very grateful. I am gonna celebrate. I will definitely see tomorrow tonight.” (laughs)

Audio / Brothers Osborne’s John Osborne talks about their third CMA Award for Duo of the Year and gives props to fellow Duo nominees, Dan + Shay.

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Brothers Osborne (CMA Duo 2018) OC: …awesome family. 1:12
JOHN: “The Duo category can go any which way. I mean, you look at us, comparatively speaking, we’re kind of maybe somewhere in the middle in terms of the numbers and I don’t know (laughs) what it is. I don’t really know why we’re holding these up here and it’s super rad and I’m definitely going to be putting this on my mantle, but you look at somebody like Dan+ Shay and I just love to see good people win and succeed and people that work really hard at what they do and they’re kind to people along the way and they’re immensely talented. I think one of the most amazing pieces of advice I was ever given was to work hard and be nice to people, and I think that’s why we have these. We work really hard and we try to be respectful to everyone around us. Dan + Shay are the same way, and also they have HUGE songs out on the radio too. They actually have a step above us on that, and we just love those guys. They’re very sweet. They’re very supportive. One of the things that I love about the country music genre is that it’s a family and we’re all really, really close. We’re all a bunch of misfits thrown together. We’re all a little different, but we love one another and respect one another. I’m just honored for the both of us to be a part of this awesome family.”

 

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