If you’re still nursing yourself back to health from New Year’s Eve, take solace in the fact that Brothers Osborne have your back — or, at the least, that they know your pain. The duo’s new single, “Shoot Me Straight,” is an epic whiskey-fueled rocker that barrels into hangover territory head on, no chaser.
“Shoot Me Straight” is a song of two parts, with the Osborne siblings taking their turns in the spotlight. “Lay my six-foot four-inch ass out on the ground,” T.J. sings in the first half of the song, a showcase for his snarling, growling vocals. “Tomorrow I’ll have a hard hangover and one hell of a heartache.” Then, after only two and a half minutes, brother John takes over with a searing guitar solo that stretches out for the remainder of the nearly seven-minute jam. As far as hair of the dog goes, “Shoot Me Straight” has some real bite.
Although this is the first time that a recording of the song has surfaced — it will be available for streaming and download on Friday, January 5th — it’s not the first that fans have heard “Shoot Me Straight”: Brothers Osborne have been performing it live and used it to open their headlining set at Rolling Stone Country‘s CMA party in Nashville last November. Still, it’s a bold way to start the new year for the reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year.
Brothers Osborne visit Island Resort & Casino in Harris, Michigan, for a pair of shows on January 12th and 13th. Their new album is expected sometime this year.