Tonight, Brothers Osborne play what may very well be the most intense performance of their lives: They’ve been chosen for the New Faces show at Country Radio Seminar. In the old days, Patsy Cline would’ve called it the deejay convention, as air personalities from all over the U.S. gather to meet the stars and discuss the future of country music.
“Just in itself it’s an honor to be up to play the show, so it’s really cool. Anything that’s CRS is a little nerve-racking,” T.J. confesses. “It’s one of those moments where it’s like, ‘Alright, I’ve stumbled many times in my life. This is one where I cannot.’ So it’s intense in that regard. But we’re sharing it with some other artists that are really great, and we think are some of the best artists out in Nashville right now. So it’s definitely an honor to be in that group of people who are considered to come play it.”
When pressed to reveal what he does to deal with his nerves in a career-making situation like this, T.J. hesitates– but then comes clean.
“The more you do something, the less you get nervous– it’s more like anxious. I hate to even say it, but a couple drinks beforehand doesn’t ever hurt, you know, just to kinda calm the nerves. It lowers your inhibitions, but you know the more prepared you are, the less nervous you get. We’ve been playing so many shows lately our band’s really on point. And you become less nervous and more excited. That’s where you want to be and I think we’re really excited for this show coming up.”
The sibling duo will be joined by Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Old Dominion and Chris Janson, to play a short set that shows their promise. In the past, Reba, George Strait and Thomas Rhett have all dealt with the same sort of nervousness.
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