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These days, buzz comes hot and heavy for country singers who pretend that four decades of developments in popular music never happened. Witness the rapturous crowds of New Yorkers hooting and hollering at any one of Sturgill Simpson’s many shows in the city, and the sudden emergence of Chris Stapleton as country’s savior. These artists elicit a tiresome, predictable narrative: country is about to kick the bucket, choked to death by the demands of...
“My brother and I don’t really care about trends—what’s hot, what’s not,” John Osborne says over the phone from Nashville. That must make it even sweeter that his duo, the Brothers Osborne, is remarkably hot at the moment: The single “Stay A Little Longer” is a top five hit on the Country Airplay chart, and it recently earned them a Grammy nomination next to country stars like Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley....