With twin Telecasters and deep baritone voices, Brothers Osborne put their own stamp on the Dixie Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl” during a Kansas City performance earlier this summer, adding an unexpected dose of testosterone to the song’s tale of female empowerment.
Although written by Dennis Linde and originally recorded by the male country group Sons of the Desert, “Goodbye Earl” — whose titular character abuses his wife, violates a restraining order and eventually dies from devouring poisoned black-eyed peas — has since become a rallying cry for women. Perhaps that’s why it’s oddly touching to see siblings T.J. and John Osborne onstage, siding with the fairer sex while sporting beards and an obvious love for power chords. The performance is far from perfect, but that’s somehow fitting, with the brothers botching the occasional lyric while the crowd happily sings along. In other words: more homage, less replica. Watch the song, recorded during the band’s KC Live Block Party appearance, above.
Since Brothers Osborne’s country influences run deep, the band also took a stab at Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River,” with T.J. and John swapping guitar runs and vocal duties throughout. Watch that performance below.