In a very bold statement, these two accuse modern artists of labeling their pop music as country so they can get it played.
During a recent piece from Rolling Stone, the two brothers who form the rising country duo Brothers Osborne open up about what country music means to them, how it's played a role in their lives, and add a spicy zing at the more pop-styled sounds of modern artists.
Already securing a Grammy nomination, TJ and John Osborne have certainly made a name for themselves in the music industry and proved their skills as top-shelf musicians.
"It's been a slow climb," TJ says of their rise to fame. "I look back to the beginning of 2015 and I'm like, 'We've come a long way from then.'"
But noting their commitment to country music and the raw, personal sounds associated with true country songs, the pair put on a show with an acoustic session of their newest jam, "Down Home".
"When you play acoustic, you can't hide behind anything. It's really the thing that separates the men from the boys," says TJ. "We grew up loving and revering country music. That's why we wanted to do the Western swing bits."
While they are comfortable exposing their talent in a setting like acoustic sessions, they draw strong criticism on other artists that don't necessarily fall into traditional country sounds.
"We're not calling ourselves country music just so we can find a genre to put our shitty pop music in," TJ continues, taking a jab at more modern artists.
They didn't specifically call out other artists for that, but there has been a strong wave of criticism throughout the entire industry for many of the hit songs on radio exuding a more country-pop sound than traditional.
Watch the Brothers Osborne sing "Down Home" in the video blow and let us know what you think of their opinion in the comments.
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