A beautiful evening in Belfast played host to some of Nashville’s finest. The Brothers Osborne and Kendell Marvel brought a southern charm to this old city and its highly excitable and passionate country fans.
Nashville based singer-songwriter Kendell Marvel laid the foundation for the evening with an acoustic solo performance to whet the appetite of the Belfast audience in anticipation of the Brothers Osborne. Dropping names like flies, Kendell ran through his catalogue of songs written by him and performed by some of the biggest names in country, such as Chris Stapleton, George Strait and the likes. With a rich voice, Marvel enveloped the room like a warm blanket and endeared himself to the Belfast crowd within minutes. With a Gibson guitar and a bag full of tunes, Kendall brought his southern charm up front and centre to win over the hearts and minds of this appreciative Belfast crowd.
The Brothers Osborne
A six-piece band took to the stage to rapturous applause, including the two brothers, front and centre. They kicked off their set with ‘Shoot Me Straight’. The room goes nuts as the energy levels go through the roof! Their first time in Belfast and it feels like home. The local crowd sings along to lyrics from both Pawn Shopand the recently released Port Saint Joe. The beautiful atmospheric lighting fills the room as they glide their way through a rollercoaster set of up-tempo and emotive numbers that draw the audience in one by one. A gaggle of beautiful ladies swaying down front to each and every song, warbling along to the lyrics and giving their all full-hearted is a fair representation of the night as a whole.
A fully immersive event with all engrossed in the six flawless musicians creating a little magic in Belfast tonight, older brother John’s slick guitar work is a joy to watch, whilst TJ’s bellowing voice swallows up all who are here to witness it. Smooth and silky tones flowing out across the room just complement John’s sublime tone, touch and poise on the guitar. As tight a live performance as you’ll see, these guys start and stop on a dime to the deafening roar of the crowd. Both brothers get up onto their respective monitors to rile up the crowd. No need, as this congregation are here to till the end. The guys wrap up their set with a fan favourite and cover of John Denver’s ‘Country Road’ to a party atmosphere and unforgettable debut in Belfast.
A polished and professional performance brought the house down once again. Onwards and upwards as the guys move on to Bristol to continue their UK tour. A string of sold out dates have ensured the guys’ return later this year, as a spate of new dates have just been announced. So if you weren’t lucky enough to catch them this time round, you’ve got a second chance! Catch them while you can.
Review & Photography : Mark McGrogan
NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2018
INCLUDES PLANET ROCKSTOCK APPEARANCESECOND STUDIO ALBUM
PORT SAINT JOE
VIA SNAKEFARM RECORDSHEADLINE UK / IRELAND TOUR ABOUT TO START
VENUE SELL OUTS & UPGRADES…
Due to incredible demand, Brothers Osborne will return to the UK for a run of headline shows in November / December 2018; this announcement comes as the award-winning duo – originally from Maryland, now based in Nashville – are poised to start their first ever headline tour of the UK & Ireland, with venues selling out fast and upgrades taking place where possible.
TJ & John Osborne first visited UK shores in March 2017 to perform at the Country2Country events in London and Scotland, followed by a one-off, sold-out headline show in London; they then joined friends and Nashville neighbours The Cadillac Three on the latter’s UK tour late last year, all of which has seen a dramatic rise in the Brothers’ profile, supported by the release of two studio albums via Snakefarm Records in the UK – ‘Pawn Shop’ (re-issued here in 2017) and the recently arrived ‘Port Saint Joe’, heralded by lead single, the combustible ‘Shoot Me Straight’.
The Nov / Dec visit also takes in a debut appearance at Planet Rockstock in South Wales; this will be the sixth annual festival hosted by Planet Rock, who have been strong supporters of The Brothers from the start, with current single ‘Drank Like Hank’ currently sitting on the station’s A-List.
The full list of dates for November / December is as follows:
BROTHERS OSBORNE HEADLINE UK TOUR NOV / DEC 2018
25th NOVEMBER, GLASGOW O2 ACADEMY
27th NOVEMBER, NEWCASTLE O2 ACADEMY
28th NOVEMBER, MANCHESTER ACADEMY
30th NOVEMBER, NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY
01st DECEMBER, PLANET ROCKSTOCK
02nd DECEMBER, LONDON O2 FORUM KENTISH TOWN
Tickets and presales are as follows:
O2 Presale begins Wednesday 9th May at 09:00 GMT
Live Nation Presale begins Thursday 10th May at 09:00 GMT
General sale begins Friday 11th May at 09:00 GMT
Recorded in a Florida beach house away from the sometimes sterile environs of the studio, ‘Port Saint Joe’ has been hugely well-received, attracting widespread attention with its raw, honest, uniquely homemade feel; indeed, the record was mostly captured in a series of live takes, retaining the atmospheric background noises of wind, roaring water and the excited and ‘refreshed’ encouragement of visiting Nashville friends. This unconventional location proved a perfect complement to the Brothers’ music, which instinctively bends both rules and genres…
“Port Saint Joe’ is a sonic representation of who we’ve become, not only as a band but as people,” says guitarist John. “Every show we’ve ever played together is on this record. Every song we’ve ever written and every mile we’ve ever ridden has led to the making of this record. Imperfections and all.”
A diverse collection, ‘Port Saint Joe’ touches on emotive ballads, southern slow jams, roots-y rave-ups and half-lit drinking songs, including the hugely atmospheric ‘Weed, Whiskey And Willie’, for which a lyric video has now been made. Watch it here.