Concert Review: Brothers Osborne Headline Long Island Show…

As the first hint of fall weather starts to hit the east coast, the chill in the air made Friday night the perfect time to break out your cowboy boots.  Fans ranging in age from young to old packed The Paramount in Huntington, NY to watch John and T.J. Osborne shred on their guitars and sing hits off their debut album Pawn Shop.

Warming up the crowd, West Virginia native, Christian Lopez took center stage to perform songs off his forthcoming album which is slated for release later this month.   “It’s nice to know there is an abundance of country music lovin’ folks here in New York,” he said as he thanked the crowd and Brothers Osborne for this opportunity to play his music.  A highlight of his opening set was his unique cover of The Band’s “Ophelia” which he explained he had the honor playing at Nashville’s City Winery event celebrating The Band last November.  Closing out his set with his latest single “1972”, the rootsy, Americana singer impressed the crowd with his original music and definitely gained plenty of new fans.

Three levels of The Paramount were packed, anticipating Brothers Osborne’s return to Long Island’s country scene.  The last time they played here they were opening for Jon Pardi, right after releasing their debut album.  Now the CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year returns to headline their very own show.

“I want y’all to get loud and rowdy out here tonight,” T.J. told the crowd before opening the night with the “Down Home” and quickly jumping into their smash “Rum”.  Fans from the get go were singing along and digging the high energy vibes, even handing the duo mini bottles of rum which they both chugged during the song. Throughout the night, the packed venue heard songs off of Pawn Shop as well as “Love the Lonely Out of You” and “Shoot From the Hip” which only appeared on their debut EP which was released three years ago.

Reigning from Maryland, the brothers appreciate the fact that country music is alive and well on the east coast, and thanked their fans for coming out to the show several times through out the evening.  Treating the audience to a new song, they explained that they have spent the last two months recording tracks for their sophomore album.  Highlights included covers of Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee” and Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” as well John’s three-minute guitar solo at the end of “Stay a Little Longer”.  Closing his eyes, he played the guitar so intensely, fans in the very last row felt his passion for the music.
During a high octane performance of their current single “Ain’t My Fault” both brothers bent down over the barricade to hand a guitar pick to one of the youngest members of the crowd, who then held the pick up proudly for the remainder of the show.

During their encore, the duo expressed concern for the devastating hurricane that wreaked havoc this past week in parts of Texas and Louisiana noting that New Yorkers have done their part to aid in the relief efforts. “That’s badass..” T.J stated, “It’s a tragic moment but it’s beautiful to see how we can all come together”. The sentiment was followed by U.S.A chants which paired perfectly with the next song on the set list, “American Crazy”.

Closing out the night with a venue wide sing along of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” fans left The Paramount with no doubt in their mind that Brothers Osborne are the real deal, some of the best musicians in country music who know how to entertain with their honest lyrics and incredible melodies.


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