About Brothers Osborne
Brothers Osborne is an American country music duo consisting of brothers T.J. Osborne and John Osborne . Born in Deale, Maryland, the duo signed a recording contract with EMI Records Nashville and began releasing music the following year. Among their first successes was the 2014 single "Rum," which received critical acclaim. It was followed by "Stay a Little Longer," which became a top five hit. Their success led to the release of their debut studio album titled Pawn Shop . Since then, Brothers Osborne have released the albums Port Saint Joe and Skeletons .
The duo have since had further hits with "Shoot Me Straight" and as featured artists on Dierks Bentley's "Burning Man" . Along with their own songwriting, their musical success is credited to producer Jay Joyce, who had produced all of their music. Artists with whom they have worked include David Nail, Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack, and Lucie Silvas . Their musical style takes influence from Southern rock, outlaw country, and neotraditional country, with particular emphasis on the styles of T.J.'s lead vocals and John's guitar playing.
Brothers John Osborne and T.J. Osborne were two of five children raised in Deale, Maryland, a rural fishing community located along the Chesapeake Bay. Their parents both wrote and played music regularly. Their uncles and cousins partook in similar hobbies. The family often gathered together to perform music, which inspired the brothers' earliest musical aspirations. "Naturally, John and I wanted to participate and play with the family because it was fun. And that was where we cut our teeth," said T.J. Osborne in 2014. The brothers then started performing regularly with their father, John Osborne Sr. Together, they played in a band named Deuces and a Quarter, while also helping their father with his day job as a plumber. When not performing to a crowd, the brothers practiced music in their family's backyard shed.
The duo continued performing more consistently through high school. They later represented their high school in the Anne Arundel County "Battle of the Bands" in 2000. Upon graduation, John attended Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. T.J. soon followed his brother to the city after finishing high school. They first attempted to have separate careers. John began playing gigs as a sideman, while T.J. played upright bass and composed material for other artists. T.J. also made several demonstration records. Yet his own voice was considered "not generic enough" for many industry professionals. It was after this that the brothers started working together. For several years, the duo performed in clubs, bars and other small music venues. In 2011, they signed a publishing contract with Warner-Chappell. In 2012, the siblings secured a recording contract with EMI Nashville, a subdivision of Capitol Records and Nashville's Universal Music Group.
In 2013, Brothers Osborne released their debut single titled "Let's Go There." The uptempo song became a minor hit, reaching the top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Its limited radio success enforced their record label's decision to not release an album. The song was followed in 2014 by the single "Rum." It reached a similar Billboard chart position, which continued to halt an official album release from EMI. Instead, the label released a self-titled extended play later that year. The EP reached the top 25 of the Billboard Top Country Albums list and contained five tracks . Following its release, several music journalists named the pair on new artists lists, such as "Best of What's Next" or "Ones to Watch." Hannah Smith of Vinyl magazine praised the project and anticipated future success for the pair: "Brothers Osborne is a duo who are redefining the lines and following in the footsteps of trailblazers who have launched a revolution with their distinct music."
Their third single "Stay a Little Longer" was issued in 2015. The song was originally included on their 2014 EP, but was re-recorded for the single release. "Stay a Little Longer" became the duo's first major hit, reaching the top five of the Billboard country chart. Its success led to the release of their first full-length album titled Pawn Shop . The album contained material mostly penned by John and T.J. Osborne. It also featured vocal collaborations with Lee Ann Womack.Pawn Shop peaked at number three on the Billboard country albums chart and number 17 on the Billboard 200.Pawn Shop received four stars from Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine who called it "busy, but never overstuffed." Andrew Unterberger of Spin commented that the album was "setting the bar for the genre in 2016." Two additional singles were spawned following the record's release that later became hits: "21 Summer" and "It Ain't My Fault." The recent commercial success led the brothers to win five industry awards. Both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association named them as Vocal Duo of the Year in both 2016 and 2017, with the latter association also awarding New Vocal Duo in 2016.
In early 2018, the brothers announced the release of their second studio record titled Port Saint Joe. The album was named for the town of the same name, which was also where the duo recorded it. Its lead single was the song "Shoot Me Straight," which featured a seven-minute guitar solo. It later reached the top 30 of the Billboard country songs chart.Port Saint Joe was officially released in April 2018 via EMI Nashville. Like its predecessor, Port Saint Joe was produced by Jay Joyce. It peaked at number two on the Billboard country albums list and number 15 on the Billboard 200. Joseph Hudak of Rolling Stone described the record as "a concise, 10-song effort." Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine called it a "clever, smart, adventurous, and hooky, creating a slow-rolling good-time vibe that doesn't lose its luster with repeated plays."
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