Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) held its first of six Rooftop on the Row concerts on April 24 in Nashville. Trea Landon kicked off the night’s festivities
atop the BMI building in the lobby of the BMI building as rainy conditions stifled the rooftop celebration, but that didn’t deter the crowd of industry insiders, fans or the Oak Ridge Boys, who headlined the event. The BMI Rooftop on the Row concert series was created in partnership with George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, as well as sponsors Nash FM 103.3, 95.5 Nash Icon, Yeti Coolers, Texas Roadhouse, Sam Adams, First Tennessee, Royalty Exchange and Topo Chico.
Check out the Oaks in action as they sing their crowd-favorite hit, “Elvira.”
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When TJ and John Osborne moved to Nashville they never intended to become a duo. The Deale, Maryland, natives grew up playing music together and once they both relocated to Music City they’d frequently find themselves writing together and sitting in with each other’s bands.
Following a show billed as TJ Osborne at 3rd and Lindsley around 2011, John recalls several people coming up to them and saying they loved what he and his brother were doing. While they weren’t a duo at the time, it laid the groundwork for what would eventually become Brothers Osborne.
“We started being asked, the two of us, to come play events,” John tells Sounds Like Nashville over the phone. “So it wasn’t ever something we consciously did. We did have a conversation at one point where I said, ‘Hey, should we just accept the fact that this is what it is and start calling it that?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, absolutely.’ It happened so organically that it seemed like it was always that way.”
…we wanted, from the very first time you hear it, to know that the record is going to be different. – John
“We obviously don’t want this record to completely carbon copy the last,” TJ explains. “We don’t want to lose what it is that makes us who we are.”
While TJ and John wrote a lot for their sophomore release, they decided to do things slightly different this time around and record the album in one sitting. With the plan to bury themselves in the studio, they retreated to Port Saint Joe, a small town on the Florida coast, where they recorded the album at Joyce’s beach house.
“We wanted it to be a very cohesive body of work, almost in the way that you would have a concept record. The songs lyrically are different, but musically it is one cohesive solid piece where they all run into each other,” TJ says. “In fact, the first four songs on the record literally go into the next song. There’s an interesting end to ‘Shoot Me Straight’ that people have wondered about. It’s almost odd the way it ends but the reason it is that way is because it actually runs into the next song. It may not make a ton of sense now, but when the record’s released it will.”
Both TJ and John agree that lead single “Shoot Me Straight” is the song that best represents them on the 10-track project. While TJ’s voice carries a lot of weight on the track, John’s guitar skills are also at the forefront of the song.
“It really exemplifies who we are as a band, and it shows our strong points very well,” John notes. “It also sums up who we are as a live band. If you come to our shows, it’s a lot of playing, and a lot of jamming, and a lot of improvising and just living in the moment. That song was recorded in the moment. I think that song certainly sums up who we are.”
TJ came up with the opening guitar lick on “Shoot Me Straight” and the song actually started off as a ballad. The brothers wrote it with Lee Thomas Miller, who they previously penned “It Ain’t My Fault” with, and TJ was honest with his co-writers when they finished writing that day.
“I said, ‘Look, this is a great song but ultimately it’s really a waste of everyone’s time,’” TJ recalls. “Especially to a guy like Lee, he wants the songs to be successful or it doesn’t really do much for him. I said, ‘Lee, I don’t think we’re going to perform this song to be bluntly honest with you.’ It was a great song but it was missing something that really caught your ear.”
We will never cease to put ourselves in the hot seat. – TJ
He adds, “My brother mentioned there was a lick that I had been proposing and it wasn’t working on any other songs but we liked the lick. John was like, ‘Let’s toss that on top of this and see if it works.’ We tried it and instantly we were like, ‘That’s it.’ That’s what it needed. It felt like it married each other and they had been together all along. John and I both thought, ‘This is it. This is a song that we will record.’”
They knew “Shoot Me Straight” would be a progressive song to release as a single, but the duo felt the track represented them well and was as an accurate introduction to their new music.
Brothers Osborne worked to find songs that complimented each other best on Port Saint Joe. They’re well aware that some tracks won’t be released as singles but including them on the project was a way to tie the music together. Already familiar with their producer’s mindset as Joyce was at the helm of their critically acclaimed debut, John says this time around they were more relaxed when it came to recording and they didn’t adhere to a formula.
“On this record, I guess the fact that we were at the beach, no one was over-analyzing anything, over-syncing it. We were all just relaxed,” John admits. “I think that’s when some of the best art is made, when you’re just being yourself and not over-analyzing it. We were having fun, we were enjoying ourselves. We were being creative and we weren’t worried about anything other than making music that we’re proud of.”
The album spans a broad spectrum of sounds and musical influences. While writing the country waltz “Tequila Again,” Brothers Osborne envisioned Willie Nelson cutting the tune for Red Headed Stranger. Additionally, “A Little Bit Trouble” evokes an old R&B and soul flavor, one of the many sounds they grew up listening to. Meanwhile, on opening track “Slow Your Roll,” ocean waves from the Gulf of Mexico can be heard at the song’s start as they took a microphone to the beach to record.
“We wanted people to know that this was recorded at a remote location and we wanted, from the very first time you hear it, to know that the record is going to be different,” John explains.
This versatility can be heard on their commanding single “Shoot Me Straight,” which includes a captivating guitar interlude at the close of the song that ties into the nostalgic “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You).” Later, on the bluesy “Weed, Whiskey and Willie,” Brothers Osborne sing of how their vices and Willie Nelson help them get through a difficult breakup. “When it all goes to hell the only thing I believe in is weed, whiskey and Willie,” they sing.
While Brothers Osborne are well known for bringing the guitar slinging on rock fueled songs, their sensitive side is also showcased throughout Port Saint Joe. Songs like the ode to lifetime love, “Pushing Up Daisies,” and powerful album closer “While You Still Can,” penned with Travis Meadows, strike a chord.
“I love the chords, the solo section goes into another really cool moment, and lyrically I’m really proud of that song,” John says of “Pushing Up Daisies.” “To write a love song is something that we do every day and it’s hard to write one that’s a new approach [and] a different way to say it. I feel like we found a really cool way of saying that you would love someone forever.”
Both TJ and John say “While You Still Can” also holds special meaning. A timeless song, the ballad has TJ singing of the importance of making amends with old friends, talking with your mom on the phone, and living each day like it could be your last.
“Time slips through your fingers just like sand / ‘Cause everything you thought would last forever never lasts forever like you planned / Don’t let your now become a never so take life by the hands while you still can,” they sing.
We don’t want to lose what it is that makes us who we are. – TJ
“That’s a song that when I sing it, it definitely makes me emotional. I tried to think when I was singing that and writing that, it’s almost like I’m singing it to my younger self. I think the older I get, the more that that’s going to ring true. Especially when I get into my 50s and 60s and I’m looking back on my 20s and how old I felt then and how much I didn’t take advantage of my time. It’s still hard to remember,” TJ reflects. “We get caught up in our future and we don’t take interest in the now. I think that’s something I certainly need to remind myself. The most resonant lines in there to me are appreciating your parents because eventually, at some point in time, they’re not going to be there anymore.”
John agrees with his brother’s sentiment, adding that we need to remind ourselves to take care of the things we can while our loved ones are still living. They played the song at Route 91 Harvest Festival and two days after they performed at the festival in Las Vegas, a man opened fire on the crowd killing 58 people and injuring hundreds of other country fans.
“The song definitely has a lot more meaning to me now and hopefully it has more meaning to TJ and Travis as well. It’s a song that you write, and you think you know what it means, and then you don’t realize it until later that it means a lot more,” John shares.
Brothers Osborne would go on to perform a special tribute to the victims of Route 91 Harvest at the 2018 Grammy Awards with Eric Church and Maren Morris, and John recalls the moment being very emotional.
“I got really choked up during soundcheck because behind us, they had a video wall with lanterns and all the people’s names that had passed from those tragedies. That was the moment where I couldn’t pull myself together,” John admits. “I feel proud that we could represent the genre in the way that we did and hopefully bring some sort of healing to people. At the end of the day, it is our job and duty to make people feel better and to try to help heal people. The fans make our dreams come true every day, and we deserve to give back to them.”
Brothers Osborne never shy away from speaking their mind and standing up for injustice, whether it be about politics or gun control. TJ says that he and his brother didn’t have a voice for so long and now that they have a platform to speak out, they make a conscious decision to do so.
“It’s our fans who have given us our voice . . . a lot of our fans probably hope that because they have invested so much [in us] that we would be the ones that speak up for them,” TJ notes. “Sometimes for us, it’s about right and wrong and unfortunately these days right and wrong is so intertwined in politics that it’s really frustrating. We’ll continue to keep our foot on both lanes. We will never cease to put ourselves in the hot seat.”
An uncompromising singer whose style is rooted in the classic country of Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Webb Pierce, and Brenda Lee, Mandy Barnett’s keen interpretive sense enables her to delve into a song, study the intricacies of its emotional content, and render a powerful performance through her full-bodied voice. Her torchy delivery on her contemporary yet retro-sounding country and pop-tinged material harkens back to the likes of all-time great female singers and timeless sounds.
Mandy has starred as Patsy Cline in the musical production Always…Patsy Clineat the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on and off since 1994 – most recently in Summer 2011. Mandy tours regularly in concert, nationally and internationally, and is a frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry.
She has released critically applauded albums, including her self-titled debut, I’ve Got a Right to Cry produced by Owen Bradley, the Christmas album Winter Wonderland, Sweet Dreams, and I Can’t Stop Loving You: The Songs Of Don Gibson. Mandy has also been featured on movie soundtracks. Reviewers have heralded Mandy’s talents as “one of the most beautiful ‘classic country’ female voices of all time. She has total control of her voice and sings effortlessly. Barnett is a true master of her craft.”
– Opry News 2018
The country legend scored a string of classic hits throughout the ’60s and early ’70s that included “Window Up Above,” “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Race Is On” and “The Grand Tour.” But by the mid-1970s Jones’ alcohol and drug abuse, coupled with a troubled history of marriages and a penchant for missing shows, had badly damaged his career, and he was widely considered a has-been in country music.
That changed with the release of “He Stopped Loving Her Today” in April of 1980. Its sorrowful tale of a man who keeps his vow to love a woman who left him all the way until his death, coupled with an uncanny vocal performance from Jones and a sweeping string arrangement from producer Billy Sherrill, shot the song to the top of the country charts for an astonishing 18 weeks, becoming the signature song of Jones’ long career.
Ironically, Jones did not like “He Stopped Loving Her Today” when Sherrill played it for him and actively tried to sabotage the recording by refusing to learn the melody, reportedly singing the melody to Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through the Night” as he was recording the words. Sherrill also stated that Jones was in such bad shape that his performance had to be cut in sections, with the spoken word recitation recorded a year and a half after much of the rest of his performance.
Jones’ angry assessment that “Nobody will buy that morbid son of a bitch” is one of the most famously incorrect predictions in country music history, and while the song reignited his career and helped pave the way for a string of subsequent hits in the ’80s, he continued to struggle with drugs and alcohol even as he won a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1980. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” went on to win ACM Awards for Single and Song of the Year, as well as CMAs for Song of the Year in both 1980 and 1981.
Jones married his fourth wife, Nancy Sepulveda, in 1983, and with her help, he also eventually kicked drugs and alcohol and rebuilt his career and finances. In the end, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” not only rescued his career, it elevated it; the song is widely considered one of the most important country recordings of all time, and since 2008 it has been preserved in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.
A fan by the Instagram name of @keleighshea posted her spontaneous meet-and-greet with the singer after a hilarious series of random events. As she explains in her caption, Keleigh and her boyfriend couldn’t help but continuously look at Alaina because they thought they knew her from somewhere. Later on in the night, Alaina left the mini-golf facility and Keleigh thought they missed their chance to say hi.
“I would have to say the coolest part of our night was getting to meet @laurenalaina,” she said via social media. “We were playing putt-putt golf and I noticed she looked super familiar so I told Tyler to look and of course we kept staring and contemplating if it was actually her or not. She eventually left and we were kinda bummed we missed the opportunity to meet a famous person!”
The moment wasn’t completely lost, though, as Alaina went back to confirm whether or not the couple actually did stare at her throughout the night. When they admitted they recognized her as Lauren Alaina, the “Road Less Traveled” singer went to great lengths to make sure the two got the experience they were long awaiting.
“Lol Then Tyler says ‘umm they turned around and that car is coming back this way…and now she’s walking towards us’ and I of course thought he was joking so I laugh and turn around and she says ‘This is going to be really embarrassing if I’m wrong, but were y’all staring at me?’ I said ‘Yes! You’re Lauren Alaina aren’t you!!!’ Then she literally jumped that fence to take a picture with us. She is so nice and down to earth,” Keleigh said.
According to Alaina’s own social media, she is spending some quality time with her dad in the town he lives and has been soaking up the sun in the beachside city. Alaina will continue to promote her current single, “Doin’ Fine,” which is playing on country radio now.
Maddie & Tae’s new single “Friends Don’t” immediately lets you know the pair have matured. Lyrically and sonically this is a far cry from the pickin’ and smilin’ country songs that became signatures of their debut album.
The pop-friendly, sly revealing of the heart finds Maddie & Tae at a familiar crossroads. Simply put: they’re asking “What are we?” to a lover. While the anxiety of the moment is built with a rainy guitar lick and boom-hiss electronic drum beat (plus dynamic and dramatic harmonies), the duo don’t lyrically recognize a yearning to be more than friends until the final line of the chorus. After their melody swells and releases, as they’re about to transition, they say, almost as a throw away: “We do, but friends don’t …” The song turns there, becoming the thing we all anticipated as Maddie & Tae closed the first verse. The second verse of “Friends Don’t” is less unique, with Marlow and Dye singing of being downtown drunk and of nondescript futures. Jon Nite and Justin Ebach helped the duo write the song. After a long break, their return to radio is no grand statement, but recognition that times have changed since they released Start Here in 2015. They changed, too, remain sincere and authentic.
Now She’s Being Attacked and threatened So Brutally By The Left That She is Forced To apologize Embarrassingly.
Man, she feels like a Trump supporter. Shania Twain, the Canadian country singer, revealed in a new interview that she would have voted for President Trump in the 2016 election if she could. “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” she told The Guardian.
“Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bulls–t. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”
Hours after the article was published, we believe she was forced to tweet the following in an attempt to save her career: “The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context. I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President,” she tweeted.
– World News
Eric Church treated his fans to more than 100 songs on his 2017 live album, 61 Days in Church. The songs were recorded over the course of Eric’s 61-date Holdin’ My Own Tour. Eric performed nearly 40 songs each night during his 2017 tour, including a number of songs made popular by other artists.
On April 21, Eric will release an eight-song LP of cover songs recorded during the tour, with 2,500 copies available at participating record stores. Eric’s covers include Pearl Jam’s “Better Man,” Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage,” Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider,” Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page,” Billy Joel’s “Allentown,” The Guess Who’s “American Woman,” Little Feat’s “Dixie Chicken” and Dave Dudley’s “Six Days on the Road.”
61 Days in Church: Covers