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.
Brothers Osborne perform their latest single, “All Night,” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Check out the performance below.
– In support of their new album Skeletons being released on vinyl, EMI Nashville’s Brothers Osborne are set to perform their current Top 25 single “All Night” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight, Thursday October 29.
Skeletons features 12 songs all co-written by Brothers Osborne and continues to receive critical acclaim.
“Incredible musicianship across this whole record.” – NPR
“Brothers Osborne can expect more GRAMMY nominations, and maybe even a win, with the release of their third album.” – Associated Press
“A sonic jolt of an album, Skeletons, and its 12 luscious tracks have been custom-built for what the Osbornes do best: blow-the-roof-off-the-joint live performance” – People
“an album that could very well turn TJ and John Osborne into unquestionable headliners in the Nashville scene” – Billboard
“a fearless country duo that keeps putting it all out there” – The Tennessean
“Skeletons, is a remarkably engaging country-leaning rock record that shows off what the duo does best” - Rolling Stone
“Skeletons delivers booming vocals on anthemic songs, face-melting guitar licks, and a rowdy good time” – Nashville Lifestyles
“a collection of country jams” – Entertainment Tonight
Earlier this month, John and TJ performed a special album concert experience on a one-of-a-kind LED stage. Fans can re-watch the performance HERE. The singer/songwriter siblings also recently performed the swampy and groovy “Hatin’ Somebody” on ABC’s Good Morning America, watch HERE, and just released a special animated music video for the title track, “Skeletons,” which can be viewed HERE.
About Brothers Osborne
Two sons from a working-class family, John and TJ Osborne grew up in a small, Maryland water town writing and playing songs for friends and family in their father’s shed. John moved to Nashville first to play in other bands and two years later, TJ joined him. It was then they formed Brothers Osborne as a duo that blends equal parts country and rock into one of the freshest, most identifiable sounds to come out of Nashville in recent years. The singer/songwriter siblings are three-time CMA Duo of the Year winners in addition to being named ACM Duo of the Year twice. Overall Brothers Osborne have collected four CMA, five ACM trophies and stand as six-time GRAMMY nominees.
Brothers Osborne’s debut Gold Certified album PAWN SHOP features three GRAMMY-nominated tracks including the Platinum Certified No. 1 smash hit “Stay A Little Longer,” Top 10 Platinum Certified hit “It Ain’t My Fault,” as well as Top 25 hit “21 Summer.” Their sophomore album, PORT SAINT JOE, was nominated for Best Country Album at the 61st GRAMMY Awards and includes the Top 40 GRAMMY-nominated singles “Shoot Me Straight” as well as “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You).” Brothers Osborne has previously toured with Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert and more. In 2019 the duo embarked on a Headlining World Tour which hit over 40 markets including London, Toronto, New York and Los Angeles. The tour also included three sold-out nights at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville which were recorded for their album, Live At The Ryman.
Last fall, Brothers Osborne received the ASCAP Vanguard Award which recognizes artists whose innovative work is helping to shape the future of music.
Fans can order vinyl copies of Skeletons HERE
Carrie Underwood announced three pop-up shops for Calia by Carrie, her activewear line, in Nashville, Santa Monica and Austin. They’ll be open through December 31st.
Our very first @CALIAbyCarrie Pop-Up Shops open today in Santa Monica, Austin, and Nashville! If you live near one of these cities, stop by now through Dec. 31! #StayThePath #ChooseYou https://t.co/C5Ti60MMM5 pic.twitter.com/aR8s853moz
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) October 28, 2020
Brothers Osborne are set to perform on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, October 28th.
A Night at the Museum benefitting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum takes place Wednesday night (October 28th) live on youtube.
The BIG Night (At the Museum) is 𝗧𝗢𝗡𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧! Tune in to watch our friends at the @countrymusichof play treasured songs that shaped history — all to support the Museum.
Let’s Make History Together.
— Universal Nashville (@UMGNashville) October 28, 2020