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Brothers Osborne stand poised

The Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, Cal., July 25, 2019

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

When Brothers Osborne opened their concert with "Drank Like Hank," they played it at full volume, much like any other rock show. The thought then crosses the mind: Is this going to be another one of those rock shows dressed in country garb?

But once the pair went into the gently thoughtful "I Don't Remember Me (Without You)," all was forgiven. This was followed by The Red Headed Stranger referencing "Weed, Whiskey And Willie," which foreshadowed a quality show.

With that said, though, these two brothers played extended versions their recorded works with plenty of instrumental soloing. T.J. Osborne handled most of the lead vocals, with sibling John mainly providing backing vocals and lead guitar. Toward night's end, the act covered Steve Earle's "Copperhead Road." Much like Earle, Brothers Osborne can put the volume up to 11 now and again, yet never lose their country music credibility.

Tonight's setlist was drawn nearly equally from the "Pawn Shop" and "Port Saint Joe" albums. In addition to the Earle cover, Brothers Osborne also 'covered' "Burning Man," their recent Dierks Bentley collaboration.

Brothers Osborne encored with a single selection, "Hard Workin' Man," their contribution to Brooks & Dunn's "Reboot" project. With Florida Georgia Line too bro-country and Dan + Shay too wimpy, Brothers Osborne are poised to become the next great country male duo.

Chase Bryant opened the show wearing a Nirvana shirt, strapped with an electric guitar. Bryant was able to engage with the audience during his short set, even though his music didn't bear much resemblance to country music - even more rocking sounds, like Brothers Osborne. Guys like Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean do a much better job rocking the country. If nothing else, Bryant succeeded in getting the crowd pumped up for Brothers Osborne.