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With TJ’s far-away stare and John’s concealing beard, there’s always been something mysterious about Brothers Osborne, as if they weren’t quite ready to show everyone their cards. But on their fourth studio album — self-titled Brothers Osborne — the sibling country-music duo reveal all. 

 

“We’ve always had a lot of mystery intentionally around the things we have done,” TJ says. “But with this album, we decided to be all in. And doing that reminded me of what it was like when I first started playing music, when it was an outlet for my angst or just a way to have fun.” 

 

“Since our last record, we’ve been very forthcoming with who we are,” John says. “By acknowledging TJ’s personal life and my mental-health struggles, we are more ourselves creatively and publicly than we’ve ever been. So, it’s time to lean into who we are.” 

 

And who they are is country music’s most consistently adventurous band, a GRAMMY-winning duo bonded by both their own blood and a shared blue-collar upbringing in Deale, Maryland. They are songwriters, they are musicians, they are the reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year, and they are the torchbearers for a progressive yet still classic type of country music.  

 

Like the title of their new album, they are Brothers Osborne 

 

But in order to fully show their current selves, singer-guitarist TJ and lead guitarist John had to make some changes, which meant the tough call of switching producers. “Our time with Jay Joyce was the most incredible learning experience,” John says of the three superb albums they recorded with Joyce. “Jay helped make us what we are today.” 

 

This time, however, the brothers enlisted Mike Elizondo (Keith Urban, Turnstile, Fiona Apple) to produce, entrusting him with curating his own band of studio musicians, including Paul McCartney’s drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. behind the kit. The result is a more urgent and transportive sound for Brothers Osborne, a record written, as John points out, “sounds first.” 

 

While TJ’s unmistakable voice and John’s sonorous guitar tone anchor every one of the album’s 11 tracks, there are also moody synthesizers, irresistible grooves, and even a piano ballad — making the LP the Osbornes’ most musically diverse yet.  

 

“We made a conscious decision very early on to make a hard turn into territories where we’ve never been before,” John says. “Mike Elizondo is an avid instrument collector, specifically of guitar pedals and synthesizers, and we wanted to incorporate that. The song that bridges the gap between this album and our last is ‘Younger Me,’ which was very synth heavy. That’s the tie that binds Skeletons and the new album.” 

 

“This record has the widest spectrum of music we’ve ever done, but it’s also oddly lasered in on what it is that we do,” adds TJ. “You can really hear John and me and the characteristics that make us Brothers Osborne more than ever before.” 

 

Lead-off track “Who Says You Can’t Have Everything” embodies all of that. Written by the brothers (TJ and John co-wrote every song on the album) with Casey Beathard, it soars on a message of optimism and gratitude. “Got the one I love, blue sky above, grass growing underneath my feet,” TJ sings, while synth, keys, and Laboriel’s drumming power the song toward a ringing guitar-solo crescendo by John.  

 

“That’s one of the songs we wrote with a synthesizer behind it,” John says. “I remember starting the writing session with just a synth pad and it built naturally from there.” 

 

“When I hear that song, it makes me emotional,” TJ says, “because I feel every word.”  

 

Lead single “Nobody’s Nobody,” written with Elizondo and Kendell Marvel, connects with fans of all stripes with its message of inclusion: “Sun goes up, sun goes down/it takes all kinds of kinds to make this world go ‘round,” sings TJ, who publicly came out in 2021 and, along with John, has become a leader for a more welcoming country music. “I feel at peace with myself for the first time ever, but that’s not just with my sexuality,” TJ says. “That’s about growing into myself, liking myself, and liking what we do. You can hear that, for me and for John, all over this album.”  

 

Fans who pay close attention can also hear the record’s sole guest spot on the smoldering “We Ain’t Good At Breaking Up”: the harmonies of Miranda Lambert. The country superstar co-wrote the song about animal magnetism between two people and sang on the demo. It was so captivating that the brothers asked her to sing on the final track. “We wanted this album to be just John and I — which is why we’re self-titling it — but Miranda’s voice is like an instrument,” TJ says. “You don’t hear a lot of female vocals on our songs, and it helped create a tone and a texture.” 

 

The stark piano that closes out the album also adds a very distinct texture — “Rollercoaster (Forever And A Day)” is Brothers Osborne’s first-ever piano ballad. 

 

“It’s the most un-Brothers Osborne thing to do,” John laughs. “And then we threw strings on it! We said, ‘Fuck it. Whatever happens, happens.’” 

 

With its Eagles “Desperado” vibes, the ballad underscores the courageous spirit of Brothers Osborne, an album that is both highly personal and yet instantly relatable. 

 

“We are always pushing ourselves, always evolving and not afraid to change,” John says. “But at the end of the day, we are also who we are.” 

 

“This is a defining record at this point in our career, where we needed to put it all on our shoulders,” TJ says. “And we did. Like it was when we were growing up, it’s just John and me.” 

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BROTHERS OSBORNE’S “WE AIN’T GOOD AT BREAKING UP” STARTED OUT AS A JOKE, BUT BLOSSOMED INTO A GREAT SONG.

Brothers Osborne are nominated for a couple of GRAMMY Awards this year, including one for Best Country for their 2023 self-titled collection. The album includes “Nobody’s Nobody,” which is also up for a GRAMMY for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, as well as their collaboration with Miranda Lambert “We Ain’t Good At Breaking Up.” The tune, which John and TJ co-wrote with Miranda and Jesse Frasure, actually started off as a joke.

“‘We Ain’t Good At Breaking Up’ really started off as a joke,” says TJ. “I would say it when people would ask if me and Abi were still dating and I would say, ‘Yeah. We’re just not good at breaking up,’ which was true and funny. But then Jesse Frasure, I said it to him once, and he said, ‘Man, we have to write that. We’ve got a write coming up with Miranda Lambert. We should all write that together.’ So, we all got into the room. Miranda had some amazing lyrics and just her voice when we were singing together, I just really loved it. And so, when it came time to record it, it was awesome to have her be a part of it. It just adds this whole angelic mystery to it that I just really can’t get enough of.”

The 2024 Grammy Awards will air live from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday (February 4th) at 8pm ET/7pm CT on CBS and streaming live on Paramount+.

Audio / Brothers Osborne's TJ Osborne talks about the idea behind the song "We Ain't Good At Breaking Up."

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Brothers Osborne (We Ain’t Good At Breaking Up) OC: …get enough of. :34
“‘We Ain’t Good At Breaking Up’ really started off as a joke. I would say it when people would ask if me and Abi were still dating and I would say, ‘Yeah. We’re just not good at breaking up,’ which was true and funny. But then Jesse Frasure, I said it to him once, and he said, ‘Man, we have to write that. We’ve got a write coming up with Miranda Lambert. We should all write that together.’ So, we all got into the room. Miranda had some amazing lyrics and just her voice when we were singing together, I just really loved it. And so, when it came time to record it, it was awesome to have her be a part of it. It just adds this whole angelic mystery to it that I just really can’t get enough of.”

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GRAMMY AWARDS 2024: Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bentley, The War And Treaty, Kacey Musgraves, Vince Gill and more

The 66th annual GRAMMY Awards are taking place this Sunday (February 4th), and several country artists will be taking home some coveted trophies.

Chris Stapleton has three nominations, including Best Country Song (“White Horse”), Best Country Solo Performance (“White Horse”) and Best Country Duo/Group Performance as a featured performer on Carly Pearce’s “We Don’t Fight Anymore.”

Brothers Osborne nabbed a pair of noms, including Best Country Album for their self-titled fourth record and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Nobody’s Nobody.”

Kacey Musgraves picked up two nominations for her featured performance on Zach Bryan’s “I Remember Everything” for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

The War And Treaty are nominated for two GRAMMY Awards, including the overall Best New Artist and for Best American Roots Song for “Blank Page.” The husband-wife duo have several events leading up to Sunday night’s GRAMMY Awards Show, including Spotify’s Best New Artist party, and Michael and Tanya (pr. Tonya) will perform at the MusiCares Person of the Year Gala honoring Jon Bon Jovi on Friday (February 2nd).

Dierks Bentley is nominated in Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “High Note,” featuring Billy Strings. When the nominations were announced, Dierks posted a heartfelt message of gratitude on his Instagram, writing, “Thank you Billy for lending your talents. Been fun to watch your career explode dude since we recorded this. It must have been the collab!! Haha. The song actually started off pretty grassy with Billy, @sambushband @bryansuttond28 @jerrydouglas on it (and my band). And then we went back in a year later and gave it a little more of a country vibe. Thanks to my friends @jimbeavers and my pal @charlieworsham for writing it and letting me make it my own. This song is why Charlie has been in our band the last two years. After he recorded the acoustic lick at the top, I remember asking him how in the hell are we gonna play this live on the road. @bhelson is on electric and there’s no way I can play it. He said, ‘Well I could come out and do it.’ And he did!! And he still is haha.”

Vince Gill and Paul Franklin are nominated in Best Country Duo/Group for “Kissing Your Picture (Is So Cold)” from their latest collaboration, Sweet Memories.

George Strait‘s Blue Clear Sky album was nominated for Best Immersive Album. The collection must be commercially released for physical sale or on an eligible streaming or download service and must provide a new immersive mix of four or more channels. Award to the immersive mix engineer, immersive producer (if any) and immersive mastering engineer (if any).

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Best Country Album
Kelsea Ballerini, Rolling Up the Welcome Mat
Brothers Osborne, Brothers Osborne
Zach Bryan, Zach Bryan
Tyler Childers, Rustin’ In The Rain
Lainey Wilson, Bell Bottom Country

Best Country Song
Brandy Clark, “Buried” (Brandy Clark & Jessie Jo Dillon)
Zach Bryan featuring Kacey Musgraves, “I Remember Everything” (Zach Bryan & Kacey Musgraves)
Tyler Childers, “In Your Love” (Tyler Childers & Geno Seale)
Morgan Wallen, “Last Night” (John Byron, Ashley Gorley, Jacob Kasher Hindlin & Ryan Vojtesak)
Chris Stapleton, “White Horse” (Chris Stapleton & Dan Wilson)

Best Country Solo Performance
Tyler Childers, “In Your Love”
Brandy Clark, “Buried”
Luke Combs, “Fast Car”
Dolly Parton, “The Last Thing On My Mind”
Chris Stapleton, “White Horse”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Dierks Bentley featuring Billy Strings, “High Note”
Brothers Osborne, “Nobody’s Nobody”
Zach Bryan featuring Kacey Musgraves, “I Remember Everything”
Vince Gill & Paul Franklin, “Kissing Your Picture (Is So Cold)”
Jelly Roll With Lainey Wilson, “Save Me”
Carly Pearce featuring Chris Stapleton, “We Don’t Fight Anymore”

Best New Artist
Gracie Abrams
Fred again..
Ice Spice
Jelly Roll
Coco Jones
Noah Kahan
Victoria Monét
The War and Treaty

Best American Roots Song
“Blank Page” — Michael Trotter Jr. & Tanya Trotter, songwriters (The War And Treaty) 
“California Sober” – Aaron Allen, William Apostol & Jon Weisberger, songwriters (Billy Strings Featuring Willie Nelson)
“Cast Iron Skillet” – Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit)
“Dear Insecurity” – Brandy Clark & Michael Pollack, songwriters (Brandy Clark Featuring Brandi Carlile)
“The Returner” – Drew Lindsay, JT Nero & Allison Russell, songwriters (Allison Russell)

Best Immersive Audio Album
Blue Clear Sky — Chuck Ainlay, immersive mix engineer; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Chuck Ainlay, immersive producer (George Strait)
Act 3 (Immersive Edition) – Ryan Ulyate, immersive mix engineer; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Ryan Ulyate, immersive producer (Ryan Ulyate)
The Diary Of Alicia Keys – George Massenburg & Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineers; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Alicia Keys & Ann Mincieli, immersive producers (Alicia Keys)
God Of War Ragnarök (Original Soundtrack) – Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineer; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Kellogg Boynton, Peter Scaturro & Herbert Waltl, immersive producers (Bear McCreary)
Silence Between Songs – Aaron Short, immersive mastering engineer (Madison Beer)

Audio / Dierks Bentley jokes around about his GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with Billy Strings.

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Dierks Bentley (Grammy 2024) OC: …a fun ride. :50
“I think this is my 16th nomination. At 17, they give you one out of pity, so I just have to get one more next year to get the courtesy win. No, but this is my 16th nomination, hey, I’ll take the nominations all day long. This is a tough thing to be nominated for, and I’m proud of the nomination. Actually, when I heard the news – I didn’t even know the song was submitted for a GRAMMY, so when I heard the news, I’m like, ‘Wow! Billy Strings! This might be the one. I’ve got the hottest guy in all music.’ And then I look down the list, and I was like, ‘Oh, we got Lainey Wilson and Jelly Roll. Oooof, that’s tough. We’ve got Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves, they’re GRAMMY darlings, so I don’t know.’ But the nomination is good enough. I’m proud of it, and I’m grateful for Billy for his time and doing it and it was a fun ride.”

Audio / BROTHERS OSBORNE'S TJ OSBORNE EXPLAINS WHY THEY SELF-TITLED THEIR FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM.

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Brothers Osborne (self-titling album) OC: …Brothers Osborne. :58
TJ: “John and I have really shared so much of our personal lives since the release of Skeletons, and I guess we didn’t realize when we created that there was some sort of barriers there that maybe we didn’t realize and certainly didn’t want there. And this time around, while we didn’t necessarily pointedly or specifically talk about those topics, it was the first time we were able to create without any barriers, and it just made the process a lot more fun. We got to explore a lot more musically in the studio, and we felt like for the first time completely 100% us. And I think, I hope, but I feel that the record reflects that. We thought, usually people do that on their first record, but we thought this is a new beginning for us, so between the change of the producer and a lot of the musicians and stuff, so we just thought this was kind of a fresh thought. So we kind of thought we’re gonna lean in more than we have previously and this us—Brothers Osborne.”

Audio / BROTHERS OSBORNE'S TJ OSBORNE TALKS ABOUT THE DUO'S SONG, "NOBODY'S NOBODY."

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Brothers Osborne (about Nobody’s Nobody) OC: …by that. :21
“So, ‘Nobody’s Nobody’ was really inspired just by us thinking, ‘You know what? I don’t care who you are or what you do, we all have our differences and we sometimes get on each other’s nerves, but you still are somebody. Everyone is someone in this world and it takes literally every one of us to make it go around.’ So, ‘Nobody’s Nobody’ was inspired by that.”

Audio / Chris Stapleton talks about the GRAMMYS.

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Chris Stapleton (GRAMMYS) OC: …very cool. :22
“It’s such a convergence of different aspects of music. It’s just like a big melting pot of stuff that is just so fantastic to watch people interact that you don’t get that any where else, really. The GRAMMYs are great to see that and you always see some cool collaboration or something that’s going on at the GRAMMYS that it’s not going on anywhere else. I think it’s a real honor to be nominated for GRAMMYS, and I think it’s very cool.”

Audio / The War And Treaty's Michael Trotter Jr. talks about their Grammy-nominated song, "Blank Page."

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The War And Treaty (Blank Page) OC: …someone new. :16
“Picture this – you meet someone, both of you decide to fall in love and all of a sudden, you decide to bring in past failed relationships into the equation. No. ‘Blank Page’ is simply about starting from a clean slate and building your own history with someone new.”

Audio / The War And Treaty's Michael Trotter Jr. talks about the Best New Artist nominations at this year's GRAMMY Awards.

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The War And Treaty (Best New Artist nod) OC: …for that. :33
“It was very shocking, one. I just couldn’t believe that it was happening, but I felt really humbled and really blessed to be in that category with so many amazing artists, trailblazing artists, artists who set a standard. And just to call their names out – Gracie Adams, Fred Again, Victoria Monét, Coco Jones, Ice Spice, Noah Kahan and the man, the myth and the legend, Jelly Roll. It feels so good, and we have a role to play. We have a place right there amongst them, so we’re just grateful for that.”

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