Brothers Osborne Excited for Dirt Rich Tour, New Music
After opening for several well-known artists -- including, most recently, Miranda Lambert, on her Keeper of the Flame Tour -- the Brothers Osborne finally have their name at the top of the bill. Siblings TJ and John Osborne have launched their headlining Dirt Rich Tour.
"We’ve done a lot of groundwork for this, so it’s relieving in some senses and really nerve-wracking in others," TJ Osborne tells The Boot. "If we go out there and it doesn’t sell well, that’s all on us. But we’ve had some really, really great responses ... We’re playing in some really cool markets. I think it’s going to be the perfect thing for us to take it to the next level."
Still, the Osbornes admit that they were surprised by how much thought and effort goes into being tour bosses.
"I feel really positive about it, but it’s been a lot of work -- more work than I kind of expected, with having to get new songs prepared, having to get the production and all of that together," Osborne adds. "In this career, you have a lot more to do than just writing songs and recording and performing them; you have to have your hands involved in everything, the look of the show and all of that."
At the 2016 Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival at the end of September, the Brothers Osborne shared a new song, "Weed, Whiskey and Willie," which they're "pretty sure" will make it onto their next record.
"The idea is, a girl left, and all you’re left with are the things you need, which is weed, whiskey and Willie Nelson -- which, honestly, that’s all you really need in general," John Osborne explains. "And people are wanting to hear really country music lately, which is awesome, because we love playing really, really country music. I think this is the song that’s going to carve the path out for our next record."
Brothers Osborne released their debut disc, Pawn Shop, in early 2016. The project has spawned the hit singles "Stay a Little Longer" and "21 Summer," and as they look ahead to a new set of tunes, both brothers concede that they feel a bit of pressure to live up to fans' expectations.
"If people don’t know you, they don’t really have much of an expectation," TJ Osborne admits. "You get to have this element of surprise, where you walk up there and people are pleasantly surprised by you; they’re like, ‘Oh, I never heard this band. They’re great.’
"Now," he continues, "they’re walking into the room and they’re like, ‘Okay, this is the band that just got nominated for a Grammy. This is the band that I just saw in whatever.’ And so when you go in there, they’re like, ‘You better bring it,’ because they’re ready to tear your a-- up. So it’s a high expectation."
John Osborne adds, "The cool thing is, our music has been riding this line of, there’s a commercial element to it, but there’s also a cool, hip, fresh element to it as well; what we’re doing is very unique to us. I think people are expecting us to continue to do that, which is awesome, because if they expected us to put out another record of nothing but right-down-the-middle songs, that’s not challenging. So, the cool thing is, we have the support of fellow musicians, fellow songwriters and everyone in the business, to keep doing what we’re doing, and that’s something that we’re really grateful for."