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Wide Open Country’s Weekly Must-Listens: Brothers Osborne, Trixie Mattel and More

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Here at Wide Open Country, we love sharing our favorite music, whether it’s a brand new track that you haven’t heard or an oldie that deserves some new attention. Each week, our team of music writers spotlight one song that stands out among the pack. Here’s what we’re listening to this week.

Lorie’s Pick: “Diamonds or Twine,” Ryan Hurd

Ryan Hurd, who’s still enjoying his honeymoon with fellow country talent Maren Morris, wrote this heartfelt track about his love for her. The tune’s sweet video features footage from throughout their relationship, including scenes from when they exchanged vows. With a successful EP already behind him, country listeners should expect to hear more music from Hurd very soon.

Bobbie Jean’s Pick: “Red Side of the Moon,” Trixie Mattel

Trixie Mattel rose to fame on the VH1 series RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. She won the show, winning over judges and viewers with her lovable Malibu Barbie-meets-Dolly Parton persona. Mattel (known out of drag as Brian Firkus) showed her Dolly side on the show when she busted out an autoharp to perform an original country song. But the performer, who counts Jason Isbell, Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, Kacey Musgraves and Parton among her greatest inspirations, has been writing and singing country music long before her star-making turn on Drag Race. In March, she released her sophomore album One Stone, a stellar collection of soul-baring songs. The gorgeous, lovelorn “Red Side of the Moon” is a classic country story song that places Mattel alongside her country-folk heroes.

Bobby’s Pick: “Our Babies Will Never Grow Up To Be Astronauts,” Abe Partridge

Partner the drunken musings of Tom Waits with John Prine’s dark humor and a South Alabamians world view and you’ve got the music of Mobile-based country singer Abe Partridge. At first, “Our Babies Will Never Grow Up To Be Astronauts” just checks off the first two boxes, with Partridge sounding like a haggard barfly with an affinity for Prine’s “Space Monkey.” Yet as the narrator places astronauts at the peak of career success and parental distress, a possible and logical meaning for this song becomes clear. Since opening its doors in 1960, the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville has been a dream job for Alabama residents hoping their smart and successful kids wouldn’t move too far away from home. In short, Junior may be Southern by the grace of God, but he’ll never make that NASA money. 

Jeremy’s Pick: “Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive),” Brothers Osborne

A brand new track from the Brothers Osborne’s upcoming album Port Saint Joe, “Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)” is a case study in subtlety. It’s beautifully understated, in production, melody and lyrical structure. Even John Osborne’s musical moment to shine is a gorgeous, laid back guitar solo, compared to his rip roaring moments on tracks like “Shoot Me Straight.” There’s a lot of pressure on a band to deliver when your debut album notches multiple CMA wins and Grammy nominations. But luckily for Brothers Osborne, they’ve been in the trenches for more than a decade before their breakout single “Stay A Little Longer.” It’s the kind of experience that helps inform a highly anticipated sophomore follow-up like Port Saint Joe, and releasing “Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)” as the next listen off the record shows this band is nowhere near a one-trick pony.

Thomas’s Pick “Comin’ Around,” Andrew Duhona

There’s this layered weight to Andrew Duhon’s upcoming album False River (out May 25) with no better example than the lead single “Comin’ Around.” Duhon, a New Orleans native, has a deep and booming voice. Like a Ray LaMontagne or early Van Morrison, Duhon is able to evoke as much emotion with his whiskey-soaked and soulful delivery as his reflective words. “Comin’ Around” finds Duhon in a rush of mixed emotions. Being tugged in multiple directions, it’s up in the air on whether he’ll move on from his former lover or come back around and try it again. Multiple Duhons haunt the chorus with an echoing chill. With producer Eric Masse at the helm, “Comin’ Around” has a rich sonic palette that revolves around an earthy and mesmerizing melody that comes in waves.

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