When you’re a brand new act at the CMA Music Festival, how do you draw a crowd — and keep their attention — in the middle of a bustling, sweltering day that’s buzzing with established country stars and great music?
Just ask new duo Brothers Osborne . That’s exactly what they did Sunday afternoon (June 8) outside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on the final day of this year’s festival in downtown Nashville.
As siblings John and T.J. Osborne and their band of buddies unassumingly took the stage for a sound check before their set, fans and passersby were clearly intrigued by the rich baritone vocals of T.J. and the blues and rock-infused guitar solos belonging to John and couldn’t stop themselves from stopping in to check out the action.
By the end of the brothers’ first song, the plaza was packed and remained that way until the final note was played.
And if you’re curious as to where you’ve heard their names before, allow me to help. Hailing all the way from Deale, Md., the duo first hit the country charts with the single “Let’s Go There,” and are back with the groovy “Rum,” which has all the makings to be the summer song of 2014 if given even half the chance it truly deserves.
The brothers are set to release their debut album later this year. They’ll also hit the road to open several shows for Eric Church’s Outsiders tour this fall.
With crafty songwriting, catchy hooks and guitar licks, incredible vocals and harmonies and a palpable chemistry only family can conjure up, John and T.J. Osborne are two “bros” you need to know.