On November 5, 2016, at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland was jam packed for The Dirt Rich Tour. You see, this particular show was special because it was only about an hour from Deale, Maryland where the Osborne brothers grew up.
I mingled with fans who reminisced about going to high school with the Osborne family, including John & TJ‘s sister. I also spoke to a neighbor who says she remembers the duo being involved in music since middle school. As fans awaited entrance and got their spot in line, I noticed one young man holding a sign that read “Florida Georgia Line Who?” in response to the Osborne brothers winning Duo Of The Year at the CMA Awards. However, I think Entertainer Of The Year would have been a more fitting title.
Lucie Silvas (who is married to John Osborne) was the opening act. Born and raised in the UK, her accent is rather striking. Her voice? Damn near flawless. Each song sang had massive vocal ability and passion. Her demeanor is sweet and rather elegant. A very mesmerizing performance was delivered.
Once Brothers Osborne hit the stage with their album title track “Pawn Shop” I knew exactly what I was in for. Just a small venue that holds about 300-500 guests but that night, you would have never guessed it. A tremendously entertaining show, the duo left everything on the stage. They performed songs such as “Greener Pastures” and “It Ain’t My Fault” which go over very well live but also did some bad ass covers such as “Whiskey River” by Willie Nelson and “Earl” by The Dixie Chicks (which was ten times better than the original.) The middle of their set consisted of some fan favorites such as “Rum” and “21 Summer” and of course their hit song “Stay A Little Longer.”
However, one of the major highlights of the tour was their bluegrass session, where they sang around one microphone and played an acoustic version of “Atlantic City” by Bruce Springsteen and “Country Roads” by John Denver. Not only was this an authentic addition but also showcased some true artistry.
There was a lot of musicianship in their set, a lot of tip top guitar playing and just bad-assery. These two guys are extremely talented and you don’t really get to see that unless you see them live. There really are no amount of words to describe the talent they portray. From songwriting to guitar playing to putting on a live show, they have it all. I believe the CMA’s accidentally gave them the wrong award, pretty sure they meant to get Entertainer of The Year. Maybe next year?