Pawn Shop, the debut album from Brothers Osborne, is finally here, and it’s everything you wanted it to be — and more.
With songs like their groovy debut “Rum,” the current hit “Stay a Little Longer” and my other personal favorite, “Heart Shaped Locket,” John and TJ Osborne have delivered a project chockful of goodness that truly speaks to who they are and what they do.
It’s fresh, it’s clever, it’s genuine. It’s different and it’s wonderful.
But putting the album together wasn’t easy, even for these talented siblings. Lead singer TJ says the two wanted “different scenes in every track” and sifted through so many songs while deciding what to put on the album.
“Some of the songs, when you’re listening to them, you’re not sure how they’re going to turn out when you finally record them,” he said recently.
“I mean, it’s pretty often that the song you think is going to be the best song, the easiest song to record, ends up being the hardest one and sometimes doesn’t turn out that great. Then there’s these little diamonds-in-the-rough that’s usually the last song you just threw on the session just because you had the time, and suddenly, that’s the one.
“I think every artist struggles with picking songs for an album. If you think of all of your life’s work being summed up in 11 songs, that’s really challenging.”
But the duo accepted the challenge, and with the help of co-writers like Shane McAnally, Craig Wiseman, Jessi Alexander, and newcomers Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris crafted 11 winning musical gems to make one heck of a debut.