• 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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NEWS AND NOTES: Sam, Carrie, Vince, Maddie & Tae, Luke, Jon, Billy, Gary, Eric, Brothers Osborne, Kylie

Several artists have been added to this year’s CMT Artists of the Year show, including performances by Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood (live-streamed from her Cry Pretty Tour 360 show in Cleveland, Ohio), Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown, Ashley McBryde and more. Presenters include Vince Gill and Maddie & Tae. This year’s special celebrates the network’s five Artists of the Year – Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Kane Brown – in addition to Reba McEntire (Artist of a Lifetime) and Ashley McBryde (Breakout Artist of the Year). The 90-minute show will air Wednesday (October 16th) at 8pm ET.

Luke Bryan’s hit “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” was just certified double platinum by the R.I.A.A., while his “Someone Else Calling You Baby” was just declared platinum. Jon Pardi’s “Up All Night” and Billy Currington’s “Don’t It” were also certified platinum, while Gary Allan’s “It Ain’t the Whiskey,” Eric Church’s “Some of It,” Luke’s “Drinkin’ Beer & Wasting Bullet” and Sam Hunt’s “Downtown’s Dead” were all certified gold.

Jon Pardi will perform on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday (October 18th).

Brothers Osborne will perform at the Troy Gentry Foundation’s C’Ya on the Flip Side II February 5th at the Grand Ole Opry House, along with Trace Adkins, Rhett Akins, Tracy Lawrence, Justin Moore, Mark Wills and Eddie Montgomery. The benefit will raise funds for the Foundation, the Opry Trust Fund, T.J. Martell Foundation, Make-A-Wish, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and many others.

New EMI Nashville Recording Artist Kylie Morgan is one of three recipients of the second annual CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship. Over the next year, the CMA will provide support, connections with top industry professionals, participation in CMA-related events and a stipend to assist with their developing careers. She is currently opening several shows for Kip Moore and released a song “Boys Girl” to all digital partners.

BROTHERS OSBORNE LIVE AT THE RYMAN ALBUM AUDIO TOOLKIT

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BROTHERS OSBORNE’S NEW ALBUM LIVE AT THE RYMAN AVAILABLE TODAY.

EMI Nashville’s Brothers Osborne releases their new album, Live At The Ryman, today. Recorded during their incredible three-night, sold-out run at the famed auditorium earlier this year, the album features the band’s Platinum-certified hits such as “Stay A Little Longer” and “It Ain’t My Fault” from their Gold-certified debut album, Pawn Shop, as well as fan favorites from their critically-acclaimed sophomore album Port Saint Joe like “Weed, Whiskey And Willie” and “Tequila Again.” Special album packages including unique merch items are available at www.brothersosborne.com.

“The fact that we recorded at the Ryman is incredible in a lot of ways,” says TJ. “Every time we play there it’s just a special experience and something that we don’t take for granted. Especially with all the history that’s happened in that room and all of the people who have been on that stage.”

“This place never loses its charm and its luster,” says John. “To play this place one night is a gift and an accomplishment and the fact we did three, I still can’t wrap my mind around it.”

Brothers Osborne now reigns as three-time CMA Vocal Duo of the Year and are nominated again at the upcoming “53rd Annual CMA Awards” set to air on ABC Wednesday, November 13. In addition, they are nominated for Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year for their collaboration with Dierks Bentley on the reflective rocker “Burning Man” as well as Musical Event of the Year for “All My Favorite People” with Maren Morris. Overall, Brothers Osborne have collected four CMA, five ACM trophies and stand as five-time GRAMMY nominees.

Live At The Ryman Track Listing:

  1. “Drank Like Hank”
  2. “Shoot Me Straight”
  3. “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)”
  4. “Weed, Whiskey And Willie”
  5. “Down Home”
  6. “Rum”
  7. “Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)”
  8. “Tequila Again”
  9. “21 Summer”
  10. “Love The Lonely Out Of You”
  11. “Stay A Little Longer”
  12. “It Ain’t My Fault”

John and TJ Osborne recently performed on PBS’ “Bluegrass Underground,” watch HERE, recorded live at The Caverns in Pelham, TN. They were also just announced as the next recipients of the ASCAP Vanguard Award set to be presented at the upcoming ASCAP Country Music Awards on November 11. The Maryland natives are currently on the road with Chris Stapleton as part of the “All American Road Show” with upcoming stops including Charleston, SC, Virginia Beach, VA and Greensboro, NC.

Fans can click HERE for an inside look behind Live At The Ryman and HERE to listen to the album.

For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit www.BrothersOsborne.com

Audio / John Osborne from Brothers Osborne thought it was unbelievable when someone suggested the duo do a show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, much less three nights.

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Brothers Osborne (performing at The Ryman) OC: … around it. :50
“To be frank, two years ago someone had mentioned playing in the Ryman Auditorium and personally I was like, ‘No, that’s crazy! That’s the mother church, we’ll never get to that state,’ and then eventually it was like… you know I think we might be able to do this. Fast forward a couple years later, and it’s like, ‘Well, they want you to do two nights.’ And I’m like, that’s unbelievable. And they sold out pretty much instantaneously, and then we sold out a third night much quicker than that, and it kind of blew my mind because it really showed the progression of our career and what we’ve been doing the last couple of years. You kind of forget how far you’ve come, and then when you look at this place and you’re like wow, to play this place one night is a gift, it’s an accomplishment that everyone should remember, but the fact that we did it three, it’s still, I can’t even wrap my mind around it.”

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