From Monroe Brothers to Delmore Brothers, many country music acts have built their names as family duos. Their sophisticated harmony singing and rural comedy blend satirical sentimentality with genuine family appeal.
Though their mother may have had different plans in mind for John and TJ Osborne, the Brothers Osborne have broken through preconceptions faster than a bluegrass banjo melody.
T.J. & John Osborne
John and TJ Osborne combine equal parts country and rock into one of Nashville’s most thrilling sounds. After growing up playing music together in their father’s shed in Deale, Maryland, the brothers moved to Nashville in search of careers as singer-songwriters and musicians. Their style blends classic country sounds with contemporary ones; TJ has a signature low-country voice while John displays masterful guitar work; together they’ve won several CMA Awards as well as ASCAP Vanguard awards.
The two artists made headlines earlier this year when TJ publicly came out as gay, becoming the first openly gay artist on a major country label. Now their self-titled album released earlier this week celebrates that newfound openness.
Brothers Osborne defy convention by choosing not to name their debut album with its title as an introduction, yet their new self-titled release stands out as being free from previous restrictions, becoming an honest reflection of who the band really are in all their diversity. TJ and John explore feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation and other mental illnesses with an honesty few artists can match while their songs take cues from Southern rock of the 1970s while flirting with pop and electronic production; bluesy touches jostle with drum machines while “Rollercoaster (Forever and a Day)” recalls Elton John with an American flair.
Kimberly & Reid Perry
After finding fame as The Band Perry, Kimberly and Reid Perry each found great success as solo artists. Kimberly Perry recently released her first major label release since The Band Perry took their hiatus – with Bloom being Kimberly Perry’s return as a solo act.
The Perry siblings began singing together from an early age. By their teens, the Perry siblings formed their own band and began touring. Soon thereafter, Garth Brooks’ manager discovered them and helped secure them a recording deal with Republic Nashville.
2010 saw their self-titled debut hit the top of country charts and earn them numerous awards, while 2013 brought about Pioneer – an album which proved both critically and commercially successful, earning double Platinum certification for “If I Die Young.”
After the release of Pioneer, The Band Perry went into hiatus until 2015 when they announced an album featuring more pop sounds – to great fan anticipation. Regardless of these changes, fans were pleased that The Band Perry would release another record soon enough.
The Band Perry released their fifth studio album, Heart + Beat, which was warmly received by critics. Thom Jurek of Allmusic described Heart + Beat as being “carefully crafted,” drawing comparisons with Taylor Swift’s style; Jessica Phillips of Country Weekly applauded its emphasis on easygoing back porch music. Despite these favorable reviews, The Band Perry still struggled to achieve crossover success.
High Valley stands as an iconic representation of the strong relationship between country and Christian music, and few acts better exemplify that bond than they do. Composed of brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel as well as former Bryan Rempel (now deceased), High Valley offers an exciting combination of contemporary country sound combined with powerful faith-based lyrics that gives its music an irresistibly fresh sound.
The band rose from their rural Mennonite community in Blumenort, Alberta and quickly rose to become a major-label success with hit singles and albums that bridged rural acoustic roots of homegrown country music with contemporary country sounds. Even after being reduced to just two members for 2014 performances, they still achieved chart successes that proved that audiences were open to hearing their message of hope and love.
Grew Up on That marks High Valley’s return to form as they once more create a compelling blend of bluegrass, frontporchy music and progressive moments on an album that also includes outside cuts from artists such as Granger Smith and Trisha Yearwood to add an eclectic feel.
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Jordan & Jacob Davis
Jordan Davis was recently honored as the 2022 Country Music Association Song of the Year winner for “Buy Dirt,” yet hasn’t let that success get to his head; rather, he is taking things slowly and steadily, seeking out supportive people to guide his journey.
Davis is reaping the rewards of his slow but steady approach. Since the release of his debut album Home State (MCA Nashville), this Shreveport native has had two top 10 singles and been added to Luke Combs’ Middle of Somewhere Tour lineup.
Davis is keeping busy between tours by writing and releasing new music – including his collaboration with GRAMMY-nominee Julia Michaels as well as co-writing efforts with Jacob Davis who’s making waves himself as a singer/songwriter.
Luwanna is immensely proud of both of her sons. As reported by Country Aircheck/Mediabase, as a young boy she would watch Jacob sing at local bars near LSU before watching Jordan make an unexpected break into music business himself. Now both boys are doing what they love to do while remaining true to themselves – “To say I’m proud of them is an understatement!” she proclaimed.
Charles Kelley is one-third of award-winning country music trio Lady Antebellum. His raspy voice and writing ability has contributed to multiple top 10 hits for Lady Antebellum. Kelley also collaborated with fellow country artists Luke Bryan to write “Do I,” his first number one hit.
Kelley made his solo album debut with The Driver in 2016, marking an exciting departure from Lady A. On this project he experimented with different vocal techniques than you’d typically expect to find from Lady A as well as calling upon fellow artists such as Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay for backing vocals on the record.
Kelley has experienced substance abuse issues over time despite the success of his own music, but credits his wife Cassie McConnell with encouraging him to seek treatment when his alcoholism became an issue. Today he reports being sober and being grateful for every day in life.
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The Bailes Brothers
Fans of brother act style will find much to admire in these recordings by the Bailes Brothers, an American country-gospel group active during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Although there were five siblings in total within this ensemble, most listeners will be most familiar with Johnnie and Walter Bailes. They played in a style similar to Roy Acuff’s with intense, powerful harmonies that became firm favorites on Louisiana Hayride and recordings with other artists. Though these brothers possessed strong musical drive, their musicianship wasn’t quite polished like some of their counterparts. Walter’s religious songs may strike fear into modern listeners, as he used music as a form of preaching – using “Dust on the Bible” to proclaim his belief in society’s moral decline and an impending doom due to human sin (described in “We’re Living in the Last Days Now”).
This long overdue collection brings us back to an era in country music that was both rural and urban; songs often reflecting their members’ changing lives. If you’re curious to learn more about their history or simply listening to timeless classics such as “As Long As I Live” and “Oh So Many Years”, this album is well worth your time.