Maren Morris wrapped up her headlining Hero Tour last night with a sold-out show at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom. The concert served as a grateful victory lap after a successful ACM Awards, where she was named New Female Vocalist of the Year. In addition to playing the majority of her album Hero, Morris trotted out her longtime pals in Brothers Osborne to sing “Greener Pastures,” a song she helped write for the duo’s debut album Pawn Shop.
An Outlaw-styled ode to better living through weed consumption, “Greener Pastures” is propelled by the nimble guitar work of John Osborne, whose lead riff adds a dash of funky grit to the proceedings. At the Cannery Ballroom, the tune’s fourth co-writer Ryan Hurd (and Morris’s boyfriend) joins them for a fast-and-loose rendition, where everyone (save for John Osborne) seems to be holding a cup of something aloft as they sing. Morris handles most of the lead parts sung by TJ Osborne on the Osbornes’ studio version, with TJ’s booming baritone taking a turn on the second verse. It’s a rousing example of friends who started together, sticking together, through the unpredictable currents of the music business.
With her Hero Tour in the books, Morris will turn her attention to festival duty this summer as well as opening shows on Sam Hunt’s 15 in a 30 Tour. Meanwhile, Brothers Osborne have released the hard-charging “It Ain’t My Fault” as their latest single.