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Nash Country KickOff Party ft. Brothers Osborne & more

Nash Country KickOff Party ft. Brothers Osborne & more

Tue · June 6, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$35.00

This event is 18 and over

100% of ticket proceeds donated to Musicians On Call

Brothers Osborne
Brothers Osborne
Years before they climbed the country charts with songs like "Stay a Little Longer" and "Rum," the Brothers Osborne grew up in Deale, Maryland, a small fishing town on the Atlantic seaboard. It was a cozy place, filled with blue-collar workers who made their living on the water. During the weekends, many of those workers would head over to the Osborne household, where a series of loose, all-night jam sessions filled the Maryland air with the sounds of Bob Seger, Hank Williams, Tom Petty and George Jones.

The Osborne siblings strummed their first chords during those jam sessions. From the very start, TJ Osborne was the brother with the voice. He sang in a thick, low baritone, crooning like Johnny Cash long before he was even old enough to drive. Older brother John, on the other hand, was the family's guitar shredder, his fingers capable of down-home bluegrass licks, arena-worthy rock riffs, country twang, and everything in between. Combined, the two Osbornes could play everything from traditional country music to rock & roll, creating a broad, full-bodied sound that would eventually fill the 11 songs on their major-label debut, Pawn Shop.

Like its title suggests, Pawn Shop offers a little bit of everything. There's bluesy slide guitar, country duets, southern rock solos, harmonies, and plenty of groove. The hooks are big, the guitars are loud, and the songs — every last one of them co-written by the Osbornes, who reached out to award-winning songwriters like Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman for help — introduce a duo whose music bridges the gap between the mainstream and the alternative world. Some songs were written at home in Nashville, while others came together on the road, where the guys spent several years headlining their own club shows, touring the country with Darius Rucker, and playing some of the biggest arenas in America with fellow rule-breaker Eric Church.

"Most duos are built on singing," says TJ "But John is an incredible guitar player, and this band is built on me singing and John playing guitar. It gives us two parallels that work nicely together."

"It's like an old-school rock approach," adds John, who cites classic bands like Aerosmith and the Allman Brothers as influences on the duo's dynamic. "Groups like that always had the lead singer as well as the sideman guitar player. That's what we're going for, too. We're carving our own path in country music."

That unique path has already led the band toward the upper half of the country charts. "Rum" got them there first, mixing the feel-good sunshine of a beach tune with a far more realistic storyline. There's no actual beach in "Rum," after all. Instead, Brothers Osborne turn the song into a tribute to the simple pleasures that their Maryland hometown offers: friends, good weather, and the occasional drink. They even filmed the song's music video in Deale, filling the clip with footage of friends, relatives, and locals.

"Most people we grew up with don't go to these beautiful beaches," says TJ. "They can't afford to do it. They don't have the time for it. What we're most familiar with is people going to the local bars and hanging out with each other." John adds, "We tried to have the biggest time possible with what little we had. 'Rum' explains that." The brothers agree, "We had to say it from our own perspective."


A similar theme runs throughout "Dirt Rich" and "Pawn Shop," two songs that stress the importance of appreciating what you've got. Pawn Shop dishes up plenty of love songs, too, from "Loving Me Back" — an old-school country duet featuring vocals from Lee Ann Womack — to "Stay a Little Longer," the band's biggest hit to date. While a three-minute guitar solo brings "Stay a Little Longer" to an epic, anthemic close, Brothers Osborne also devote time to more laid-back songs, from the nostalgic California country of "21 Summer" to the 420-friendly "Greener Pastures."

Brothers Osborne, who co-produced the album with Jay Joyce (the award-winning producer behind Little Big Town's Painkiller, Eric Church's The Outsiders, and Carrie Underwood's Storyteller), recorded most of Pawn Shop during breaks in their busy touring schedule, using members of their own touring band rather than session musicians from the Nashville community. The result is an album that's stamped with the unmistakable mark of a band. It doesn't sound like two singers, flanked by anonymous players. Instead, it sounds like a group of road warriors who've spent years sharing bus seats and hotel rooms, creating the sort of chemistry that can't be faked. Pawn Shop is both raw and real, and Brothers Osborne — who, years after those household jam sessions in Deale, now have a handful of nationwide tours under their belts, songs on the charts, and a career on the rise — are no longer a family secret.
Runaway June
Runaway June
Todd O'Neill
Todd O'Neill
Chuck Wicks
Chuck Wicks
It’s a long way from a potato farm in Delaware to the top of the country charts, but Chuck Wicks made the journey, and along the way has become quite the Renaissance man. A gifted singer/songwriter, devoted conservationist, triathlon competitor and acclaimed broadcast personality, Wicks tackles his multiple passions with humor, heart and an impressive work ethic.

As co-host of America’s Morning Show with Blair Garner, Wicks has proven he’s equally skilled on either side of microphone. Whether he’s interviewing one of his country music peers during the popular show or delivering a new song from his Blaster Records debut Turning Point, Wicks has earned respect as an impressive communicator and multi-faceted talent. “The days of being one dimensional are over,” he says with a smile. Take opportunity and make opportunity. Why do just one thing if you have opportunities to do something else? Go out and do everything you can do. You only get one shot.”

Armed with an abundance of energy, inquisitive nature and fearless creative streak, Wicks first established himself as a songwriter before making the leap to hit recording artist. He’s penned songs for Frankie Ballard, Steve Holy, the Swon Brothers and Jason Aldean, among others, and he co-wrote all but one song on his 2008 RCA album Starting Now. As an artist, his immediately recognizable voice has propelled such hits as “Stealing Cinderella” and “All I Ever Wanted.”

Wicks has continued to engage fans with such songs as “Salt Life,” a celebration of his favorite way of life that put him in partnership with the popular Salt Life lifestyle brand, and the poignant ballad “Us Again,” a Top 40 single which garnered strong digital sales. Those are two of the many highlights on his Blaster Records debut, Turning Point. “The singer and the songwriter part of me has never left and I’ve always been striving to do it at the highest level,” Wicks says of his commitment to his craft. “It’s exciting to have new music.

“If I had one statement around this new record it’s, ‘Hey, I’m back, but I never really went anywhere.’ This is only my second full-length album. I wanted to write songs that vocally show where I am now because I’m in a different place than I was on the first record. I’ve grown so much as a person and I’ve grown stylistically. I’ve come into a new space and I think this record is going to show that.”

That spirit of growth and change is also what inspired the album’s title. “Opportunities are awesome, but sometimes they can be a little intimidating. And that’s where I felt I was with this record. I had the opportunity to do a lot of different things — all rewarding in their own ways — and all a little scary. I didn’t want to take the safe road, and it was kind of a turning point for me. This record captures that raw emotion, that intimidation, that excitement, and the thrill of the unknown.

The songs on Turning Point range from the moody angst of “She’s Gone” to the playful “Salt Life” and the gorgeous ballad “Always,” sure to be a wedding staple for years to come. “I wrote that song from a very honest place,” he shares. “I didn’t want to get complicated with it and have a lyric that nobody understood and had to look it up in a dictionary. It was like, ‘What would you say if she was standing right in front of you?’”

He also serves up his own rendition of “I Don’t Do Lonely Well,” a Wicks composition that Aldean recorded on his Night Train album. “My version is a lot different than his,” says Wicks, who co-produced his new album with Andy Dodd. “Same lyrics, same melodies in the chorus, but the verses are a little different, a little sparse. It’s a little organic, more vibey. The record I cut on it is a little more laid back. It’s a more intimate setting.”

Wicks developed his passion for music growing up on his family’s 1,500-acre farm in Smyrna, Delaware, where he spent time working in the fields, which included planting 12 acres of pumpkins by hand.

His mom flooded their home with the ’80s sounds of Journey, Chicago and Whitney Houston while his dad introduced him to country by way of their local radio station who had artists like Joe Diffie and Tracy Lawrence on rotation. “When I got into college it was Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, all those guys,” Wicks recalls. “I was a huge fan of Bryan White. That stuff he put out was fantastic, and like the rest of the world, I listened to Garth Brooks.”

Working on his family’s farm instilled in Wicks a strong work ethic that continues to serve him well today as he juggles his recording and broadcasting careers while also training for the Ironman triathlon. “It’s a challenge,” Wicks admits with a grin. “It’s really tough, but I’ve always been an athlete. I went to college and wanted to play baseball. The first Ironman I’m going to do is the 70.3, which is also known as the half Ironman. It starts with a 1.2-mile swim, then you go right into a 56-mile bike ride, and then right into a half marathon. I love being an athlete. I love competition. I love staying in shape. This was the perfect thing for me to push myself.”

An avid outdoorsman, Wicks is involved in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, which helps protect and preserve the elk population, and wildlife conservation is one of his passions. Somehow he finds time in his busy life to incorporate all the things that matter most to him, and he’s always striving to improve. “I’ve always been a guy who has never been satisfied,” he confesses. “I’m happy and I get excited when I can look back on stuff and say, ‘That was a cool thing!’ But I always want to be better than yesterday. I always want to write a better song than I did yesterday and I always want to do a better show on America’s Morning Show than I did yesterday. In everything that I do, I want to excel and get better. I just want to keep going. I can’t see myself standing still.”
Venue Information:
Cannery Ballroom
One Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203
http://thecanneryballroom.com/