The last time Brothers Osborne headlined a show in Nashville it was four years ago, and they had just signed their record deal. On Wednesday (Jan. 18), Deale, Maryland, natives TJ and John Osborne returned to their adoptive hometown to headline a sold-out show at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works as two-time Grammy nominees and the CMA’s reigning vocal duo of the year.
Before closing her set, opener Lucie Silvas shared the stage with surprise guests the Shadowboxers for a performance of “Find a Way,” a collaboration that is available online now. She also delivered a hopeful message to any rising musicians in the audience with aspirations to achieve Brothers Osborne’s level of success.
“Don’t worry about the shit,” she said motioning with her hands about all the unnecessary worry artists encounter on their journey. “Just keep doing what you do. It took 16 years of making music in Nashville and now [Brothers Osborne] are Grammy-nominated artists. Stay focused. It takes the right place of mind.” She closed her set with the title track from her 2015 album Letters to Ghosts.
Surrounded by a backdrop of stacked vintage televisions, Brothers Osborne kicked off their concert with the title track of their debut album Pawn Shop, which turned one on Jan. 15. They rolled through most of the 11-song collection playing guitar solos that were as fluid and identifiable as their song lyrics.
Women in the audience sang louder than the band onstage when they covered Dixie Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl.” But the most emotional part of the show happened when TJ and John shared the stage by themselves to perform “Let Me Love the Lonely Out of You” from their 2014 self-titled EP by themselves in the way they first started out together as a family act. Another emotional highlight was when they brought back Silvas to sing Lee Ann Womack’s part on “Loving Me Back.” Their first No. 1 “Stay a Little Longer” closed the show.
Before the concert, Universal Music Group Nashville’s Mike Dungan surprised TJ and John with commemorative RIAA plaques commemorating the platinum status of their Grammy-nominated hit “Stay a Little Longer.” The duo heads to the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12 in Los Angeles with a nomination for best country duo/group performance for “21 Summer.”
Unlike two of the duo’s recent performances, no ceilings caved during their concert or the creation of this review.