Monday night the award went to Little Big Town for “Girl Crush.”
OK, I have to admit Karen Fairchild nailed that song vocally. And even though brothers John and TJ didn’t get the award, getting nominated is, to borrow a Taylor Swift-ism, “awesome!”
The Grammy nod is just the beginning. The brothers are also nominated for two Academy of Country Music Awards — Vocal Duo of the Year and New Vocal Duo of the Year. The ACMs air on CBS April 3. They also join Miranda Lambert’s “Keeper of the Flame” tour with Kip Moore. That tour is part of WMZQFest May 21 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va.
WFRE brought the Brothers Osborne to town last year, along the creek.
“Stay a Little Longer” is from the Brothers Osborne’s new album, “Pawn Shop.” The album also includes their song “Rum.” John, the older brother, is the family’s guitar shredder. TJ is the one with the voice — yeah, that voice, the one that puts the brakes on the dial search.
“Pawn Shop” released Jan. 15 and the brothers say, like an eclectic pawn shop, so is the album, it offers a little bit of everything.
The 11 tracks also includes the feel-good, simple life “Rum.” They co-wrote all the songs, along with some songwriting icons like Shane McAnally, Casey Beathard and Craig Wiseman.
Like “Rum,” which is a tribute to the simple pleasures and the people of their hometown, “Dirt Rich,” the opening track, and the title track, “Pawn Shop,” stress the importance of appreciating what you’ve got — holes in the screen door, junk mail box leaning like it’s been drinking; get your jewels and tools in one stop — on the cheap, and livin’ a little slice of American pie.
Lee Ann Womack joins the brothers on “Loving Me Back,” and old-school country duet with smoke, whiskey and “something worth lovin’ that’s loving me back.”
And what’s really cool about the Brothers Osborne is that they have a little living under their belt (33 and 31), and that makes a lifetime of difference in the songs they write. The guy doesn’t always get the girl and life is not always doesn’t’ always glitter and shine, but I’m sure you’ll find something or two or four or more at the “Pawn Shop.”
As for that Grammy, next year … .
Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”
Best Country Song: “Girl Crush”
Best Country Solo Performance: Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”