• 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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MOTHER’S DAY LINERS 2017

Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Mother’s Day)

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“Hey! What’s up guys! We’re Brothers Osborne, wishing all you mothers out there a very, very Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Mother’s Day)

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“Hey! What’s up, guys? I’m Canaan Smith. Happy Mother’s Day!”

Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Mother’s Day)

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“Hey! What’s up? This is Clare Dunn, hoping you have a Happy Mother’s Day.”

 

Audio / LINER Darius (Mother’s Day)

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“Hey y’all, what’s up? This is Darius Rucker, hoping you have a Happy Mother’s Day.

Audio / LINER Darius (Mother’s Day) 2

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“Hey! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing all you mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Dierks (Mother’s Day)

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“Hey, y’all! This is Dierks Bentley, wishing all you mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Eric Church (Mother’s Day) 1

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“Hey everybody! This is Eric Church, wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!”

Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Mother’s Day)

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“Hey! This is Eric Paslay. Happy Mother’s Day to all you awesome Mom’s out there.”

Audio / LINER George Strait (Mother’s Day)

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“Hi! This is George Strait, wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Mother’s Day)

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“Hey y’all, it’s Jon Pardi. I want to wish all the mamas out there a very Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Mother’s Day)

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“Hi! This is Josh Turner, wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Mother’s Day)

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“Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves. To all you mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day!”

 

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Mother’s Day)

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“Hi everyone, it’s Keith Urban. Hoping all the mothers out there have a very, very Happy Mother’s Day. Love ya, Mom!”

Audio / LINER LBT (Mother’s Day)

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“(ALL) Hi! This is Little Big Town. (KIMBERLY) We want to wish all you mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day. I love ya, Mama!”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Mother’s Day)

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“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, hoping all you mothers out there have a Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Mother’s Day)

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“Hey! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day.

Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Mother’s Day)

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“Hi! This is Shania Twain. Happy Mother’s Day.”

BROTHERS OSBORNE WIN TWO ACM AWARDS!

Brothers Osborne already had one award going into Sunday night’s ACM Awards for Top New Vocal Duo or Group, but they also took home a second award for Top Vocal Duo of the Year.

“We’ve been staring at things like this for a long time, you know, like since we were kids,” says John. “It’s iconic, and to be holding not one, but two of these is, it takes a long time to process stuff like this, and I don’t know if we ever will. It’s amazing.”

John and TJ aren’t sure where they’ll put their awards, but they will certainly be on display somewhere intheir homes. “My CMA Awards are sitting on my kitchen counter. That’s the only place I have. I got it out and I stared at it for like an hour. So, we literally have nowhere to put ‘em,” says TJ. “It’s weird, though. I kind of want you to narcissistically to walk into my house and see my awards, but then I’m like, am I gloating a little bit? Then do I put them in a side room, but then I don’t want to act like I’m not appreciative of the awards, so there’s a whole like mental acrobatics on what you do with these things. I’m showing off, by the way. They’re gonna be on display at my house for the next three years.”

The guys are currently making their way up the country charts with “It Ain’t My Fault,” from their debut album, Pawn Shop.

Audio / John Osborne of Brothers Osborne talks about their ACM Awards.

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Brothers Osborne (ACM Awards) OC: …it’s amazing. :14
“We’ve been staring at things like this for a long time, you know, like since we were kids. It’s iconic, and to be holding not one, but two of these is, it takes a long time to process stuff like this, and I don’t know if we ever will. It’s amazing.”

Audio / John Osborne of Brothers Osborne says they’re so grateful for their ACM Awards because they’ve never compromised on their music.

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Brothers Osborne (awards changing perception) OC: …no matter what. :23
“I don’t know.  I will say this, I think it might change the public’s perspective or some people that have been kind of reticent to be down with what we do. I will say from our perspective, we are super grateful for this, but we’ll never change what we do, and that’s what I think makes these a lot more special to us, because we’ve never faltered, we’ve never wavered, we’ve never compromised. We just did our thing, no matter what.”

Audio / Brothers Osborne try to figure out where they’re going to put their ACM Awards.

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Brothers Osborne (where to put ACMs) OC: (TJ) …three years. [John laughs]
JOHN: “We never expected to win these things.” TJ: “My CMA Awards are sitting on my kitchen counter. That’s the only place I have. I got it out and I stared at it for like an hour. So, we literally have nowhere to put ‘em.” JOHN: “We’ll have to build somewhere to put ‘em in. If we win a couple more, we can afford a bigger place to actually hang, put one of these, so.” TJ: “It’s weird, though. I kind of what you to narcissistically to walk into my house and see my awards, but then I’m like, am I gloating a little bit? Then do I put them in a side room, but then I don’t want to act like I’m not appreciative of the awards, so there’s a whole like mental acrobatics on what you do with these things. I’m showing off, by the way. They’re gonna be on display at my house for the next three years.” [John laughs]

 

Video / Brothers Osborne Vocal Duo of the Year

NEWS AND NOTES: Darius, Keith, LBT, Brothers Osborne

Darius Rucker will be featured on NBC’s Today Show on Thursday (March 30th), previewing his CMT Hometown Heroes visit to the MUSC Children’s Hospital, which will premiere on Friday (March 31st) at 10pm ET.

Keith Urban will headline the 2017 NCAA March Madness Music Festival in Phoenix on Friday (March 31st).

Little Big Town have been tapped to appear on HBO’s Sesame Street on April 29th.

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Brothers Osborne shot the video for their latest single, “It Ain’t My Fault,” in Nashville this week. Be looking for the clip to premiere in the coming weeks.

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BrOs_PawnShop_HIres_WEB_R1   We have compiled an array of content -- a variety of liners and soundbites – from BROTHERS OSBORNE to equip you with everything you might need to put together your own album radio special; roll-out tracks leading up to –and following -- the release of their debut album, PAWN SHOP, to use in news feeds, specials and much more. Check out all of details below (including audio liners and soundbites, as well as transcriptions) to create your own content surrounding Brothers Osborne’s album release. Brothers Osborne are riding high on the country charts with “Stay a Little Longer,” which is from their new album, Pawn Shop, which features 11 tracks, all of which the Maryland-born siblings had a hand in co-writing (with heavyweight writers including Barry Dean, Craig Wiseman, Shane McAnally, Jessi Alexander and more). Pawn Shop is the Osbornes' bid to deliver music that they believe will have some staying power. The siblings produced the record with Jay Joyce (Eric Church). In support of the album release, John and TJ Osborne will make their national TV debut with NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers” Monday, January 18 followed by “TODAY” on Tuesday, January 19 during the 9AM hour.

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