Award-winning country group Brothers Osborne returns to Des Moines this weekend
Brothers Osborne talk about performing at Bonnaroo as well as CMA Fest this week. Helen Comer, email@example.com
It’s another good weekend for country music fans in Iowa.
Award-winning “Stay A Little Longer” duo Brothers Osborne return Saturday to the Hawkeye state, part of the group’s expansive world tour. The show plays at Seven Flags Event Center in Clive, with tickets costing $30 in advance before fees.
Ahead of the show, here’s a look at the latest from the Nashville-based group.
Supporting 'Port Saint Joe'...
Brothers Osborne — featuring (you guessed it) brothers T.J. and John Osborne — released earlier this year the group’s sophomore full-length effort, “Port Saint Joe.” The album boasts a pair of country radio singles, “Shoot Me Straight” and “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)," and comes produced by Jay Joyce, known in Nashville for his work with Eric Church and Little Big Town.
The album follows 2016’s RIAA Gold-certified debut “Pawn Shop.”
On the record, T.J. Osborne told Entertainment Weekly: “Early in our career, John and I were really worried about the perception of our music. … In this particular project, every song, they change vastly. There’s ‘Weed, Whiskey and Willie,’ that’s just a really stone-cold country song. And then songs that rock, like ‘Shoot Me Straight,’ and songs that are a little bit more psychedelic, like ‘A Little Bit Trouble.’ In an odd way, the more we bounced around stylistically from song to song, the more we started to really hear us.”
Early career honors
The group’s earned a handful of awards and nominations early in its career, namely at the Country Music Association Awards (CMAs) in 2016 and 2017. Brothers Osborne took home the trophy for Vocal Duo of the Year during each broadcast.
The group earned a Grammy Award nomination in 2016 and 2018 for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, the former coming from the brothers’ work on “Stay A Little Longer,” the Platinum-selling single that reached No. 2 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
Additional radio singles from the group include “21 Summer,” “It Ain’t My Fault” and “Rum.”
Critics say ...
Most critics praised the brothers’ latest release.
Rolling Stone called the group “country music’s new working-class heroes,” saying that “with superb new album and a willingness to rally for social change, award-winning duo give a voice to the little guy.”
And NPR described the album as “ … mainstream country, polished enough for commercial radio and peppered with references (to quote one song title) to 'weed, Willie and whiskey.' But it's also an excellent Southern rock and roll jam, with soul flourishes, vocal cadences that show an awareness of hip-hop, and a blues underbelly.”
A return to the heartland
Brothers Osborne has appeared at least twice in Polk County since gaining Nashville attention.
The group played Iowa’s largest indoor stage, Wells Fargo Arena, in 2014 — a show in support of arena headliner Eric Church. The brothers returned in 2015 for a headlining club show at Wooly’s in Des Moines’ East Village.
Major label country singer Charlie Worsham opens the Seven Flags show; doors open at 7 p.m. Find more information at 7flags.com.