September 1, 2017
A warm Friday night welcomed a nearly sold out crowd to the Paramount in Huntington, NY, ushering back the Brothers Osborne to Long Island after their memorable opening set for Jon Pardi at the same venue some 20 months earlier. Now, with ACM and CMA Vocal Duo of the Year awards to add to their credibility, the brothers were more than prepared to headline.
Cowboy hats dotted the heads of both men and women, with the audience ranging from young to old, many resplendent in boots for the occasion, getting into the spirit of the genre. Country music and Americana fans have turned out in full force for a number of high profile tours that swept through Long Island this summer and they were more than ready for another night of dynamic performances.
Kicking off the night was newcomer Christian Lopez, who hails from West Virginia. With boyish charm, polished style and a powerful voice, his set was enthusiastically appreciated, especially his heartfelt and beautiful version of “Ophelia” by The Band.
When John and T.J. Osborne hit the stage, there wasn’t an inch of room to stand on the general admission floor and the seats on the levels above had all been taken. The siblings, originally from Maryland, now call Nashville home. The crowd responded to “Down Home” and a number of fans in the front row passed up small bottles of rum that John and T.J. both downed during the second song “Rum.” Highlights of the night include “Love the Lonely Out of You” “ Ain’t My Fault” and “Shoot from the Hip” as well as a cover of Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee” and Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” When they closed with John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” the applause was thunderous.
As fans clamored for space at the merch stand, debating on which t-shirt to take home as a souvenir of the evening, one can only be thankful that the Brothers Osborne chose to return to the Paramount on their meteoric rise to the top of the charts and beyond.
Photo Credit: Christine Connallon