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.
Brandon Lay will be performing on Country Outdoors Live on the Outdoor Channel on Friday (May 29TH) beginning at 7pm ET/6pm CT.
Jordan Davis will be answering your questions about his new self-titled EP tonight (May 29th) on Instagram beginning at 7pm ET/6pm CT.
Caylee Hammack is joining fellow Georgian Trisha Yearwood this weekend as a guest on “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.” Airing tomorrow (May 30th) on Food Network at Noon ET/11am CT, Hammack and Yearwood share stories of their roots and indulge in a menu that takes them back to their days in Georgia. Hammack was a guest on Yearwood’s tour late last year and the two bonded over small town life in Georgia.
Little Big Town will perform their new single, “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: At Home Edition on Monday (June 1st).
Brothers Osborne will be holding their 2020 Family Reunion fan club party virtually. The party will be on http://BrothersOsborne.com, exclusively for all members of The Family. The guys will also be doing a virtual m&g with a few lucky premium members.
Keith Urban and Reba McEntire have been added to the list of artists taking part in CMT CELEBRATES OUR HEROES: AN ARTISTS OF THE YEAR SPECIAL, premiering Wednesday (June 3rd) at 8pm ET/PT on CMT and will simulcast on Paramount Network, Pop TV and TV Land. The two-hour special will also include appearances by Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Lee Brice, Sean Penn, Gary Sinise, Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Munn and Zac Brown. Previously announced artists include Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker,
Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. However, by the turn of the 20th century, Memorial Day honored Americans who have sacrificed their lives in all wars.
“Hi! I’m Adam Hambrick. Take time to remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day Weekend.”
“Hey guys, I’m Billy Currington. I just wanted to say thank you to all our servicemen and women and their daily service to our country.”
“Hey everybody! This is Brandon Lay taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day weekend.”
“Hey! What’s up guys? We’re Brothers Osborne. We just wanted to send our thanks to all you service men and women and the ones who’ve gone before you for sacrificing time with your families, sacrificing your own needs and even sacrificing your lives so we can be free to do what we want to do. It means more than you’ll ever know.”
“Hi Everyone! This is Carrie Underwood, please take time to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice during this Memorial Day Weekend.”
“It’s Caylee Hammack, taking time to remember those we’ve lost on this Memorial Day weekend.”
This is Chrissy Metz. Today we are taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes this Memorial Day Weekend.”
“Hey everybody, this is Dierks Bentley. I just want to say thank you to the men and women in uniform on this day and every day.”
Eric Church (grandfathers in WW2) OC: …touching to me. :21
“Both of my grandfathers were World War II veterans. I mean, that’s something that’s very rare. I’m not unique, you know. There’s a lot of people out there like that that their grandfathers served. The way that I was raised was very much red, white and blue and very patriotic, and I think that it’s the fact that what they give up is the real thing that’s very touching to me.”
“Hi! I’m Jon Langston. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”
“Hey-I’m Jordan Davis, taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day weekend.”
“Hey! This is Josh Turner. I just wanted to say thank you to all of our servicemen and women for what you do around the world.”
“Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban. Now please take time to remember all those who sacrificed their lives during this Memorial Day Weekend.”
“Hi! This is Little Big Town, take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day Weekend.”
“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan. Please take time to remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day.”
“Hey everybody. I’m Maddie & I’m Tae, and we’re Maddie & Tae. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”
“Hey everybody, I’m Parker McCollum, taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”
Sam Hunt (Memorial Day) OC: …those freedoms. :40
“My granddad was in World World II. He was on the USS Texas battleship, and he was over at Normandy and over near Japan and he spent a lot of time right in the thick of World War II. He really took pride in what that meant, and it was something I got to see it first hand, as somebody who got to experience that; somebody who had that galvanized American trait. It’s hard to describe it. It was just somebody who’s been through that, seen that and really appreciates what that means. I try to channel that into my life, because I haven’t fought in any war, but I have a ton of respect for folks who have, folks who’ve sacrificed, families who’ve lost lives and just sacrificed years of their own lives and time and effort to maintain those freedoms.”
“Hey y’all—it’s Travis Denning. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”