Album to be released by two-time CMA winners April 20
This is a complete guess, but seems the odds on the Brothers Osborne seeing a spike in sales and downloads out of Gulf County come late April are mighty high.
The rural Maryland-born, who performed a mournful tribute to the victims of the concert shootings with Maren Morris and Eric Church during Sunday’s Grammys awards telecast, have hit close to home with the title of their second album.
“Port Saint Joe.”
Yep, that, this, Port Saint Joe.
A new single from the album, “Shoot Me Straight,” was just released, produced by Jay Joyce, who has produced Church and Little Big Town, and has a home in coastal Gulf County.
The Brothers Osborne, John and TJ, co-wrote every track and on their blog they attest that, “Port Saint Joe, refects the small town on the Florida coast” where the real-life siblings recorded the album.
“We shacked up for two weeks to make an unabashed record that would reflect who we are in every way, and in the process we had the most enjoyable and memorable recording experience of our lives,” said TJ Osborne.
According to their website, the duo, who have twice been named Country Music Awards (CMA) Vocal Duo of the Year, took a live album mentality to recording, cutting the album in two weeks in Joyce’s beach house.
“We just set up mics, and we set up a desk and Jay … he had his brother in the kitchen that was attached to where we were playing in the living room,” John Osborne said, “and so we could solo some tracks and hear the pots and pans clanging.
“That’s how we did it. To get away from the distractions allows you to focus in a lot more creative way.”
Those little imperfections and candid moments were deliberately left on the recording.
“A lot of the takes you hear were live takes,” John Osborne said. “We’re not going in and overdubbing anything.
“Port Saint Joe is a sonic representation of who we’ve become not only as a band but as people. Every show we’ve ever played together is on this record. Every song we’ve ever written and every mile we’ve ever ridden has led to the making of this record. Imperfections and all.
While they did not win, the brothers were nominated for their third Grammy in the Best Duo/Group Performance during Sunday’s broadcast.
The rendition of Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” with Morris and Church during the telecast was a highlight of the show.
The Brothers Osborne’s debut was Pawn Shop, released in early 2016 and producing hits in “Stay a Little Longer,” “21 Summer,” and “Ain’t My Fault,” their Grammy-nominated performance.
The band is noted for John’s “superb” guitar skills complementing TJ’s baritone voice.
“Shoot Me Straight” began as a love ballad of three minutes in length, but evolved into a six-minute saga behind John’s guitar licks, producing a song that one critic compared to Greg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band.