Brothers Osborne up for Academy of Country Music Award

A talented pair of brothers from Deale have been nominated for Best Vocal Duo in the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards.

John T. Osborne, Jr., 32, and T.J. (Thomas John) Osborne, 30, known as the Brothers Osborne, are up against four other vocal pairings on the 50th annual country music awards show. The program will air at 8 p.m., Sunday, on CBS.

The group's mother, Tricia Osborne in Delaware, flew to Houston to watch the broadcast from the Houston Astrodome. Her sons are, of course, the main attraction.

"I am so proud of them," she said. (They gave her one of their two guest tickets for a seat in the celebrity section.)

The Osborne Brothers, who live in Nashville, grew up in Deale listening to music written and performed by Tricia Osborne and their father, John Osborne, Sr., in a backyard tool shed. The older Osborne eventually converted the shed into a music studio.

John Jr. graduated from Southern High School in 2000 — T.J. earned his diploma three years later. Both performed as a county western act, Deuce and a Quarter, in the 2000 Anne Arundel County High School Battle of the Bands.

They walked away with top individual awards.

Bill Thayer, longtime former chair of the high school's Music department, recalled the Osborne brothers as "consummate musicians, involved in every facet of our music programs from musicals, to jazz and marching bands, and performances at local events."

Nearly two decades before he and his brother filmed a video last summer showcasing their breezy, boozy hit single, "Rum" at Skipper's Pier in Deale, John Jr. made All-County as a stand-up bass player in middle school – a scant six months after he first picked up the instrument.

The "Rum" video, featuring scenes of the Deale waterfront – and lots of Maryland crabs - has racked up over 1,370,000 views.

As for the band, T.J. is lead vocalist. John Jr., usually sporting a hat, plays lead guitar, mandolin and double bass.

The Brothers Osborne's next gig in this area is July 2 at the Rod 'N' Reel Restaurant in Chesapeake Beach.

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