Brothers Osborne, 'Pawn Shop'
Leave it to two brothers from the blue-collar docks of Maryland to come up with one of the genre's most unique offerings. The Jay Joyce-produced Pawn Shop is a record several years in the making, one that melds a rock & roll groove (often via John Osborne's killer guitar riffs) with a buttery country soul (often via TJ Osborne's deliciously deep vocals), all anchored around whip-smart lyricism that proves nothing is stronger than blood, especially when it comes to the writing room. At a pawn shop, you can find all sorts of odds and ends, strangely mingling with each other: on Pawn Shop, there are songs about drinking and toking, songs about love and songs about blowing up the kiddie pool when the heat is high but bank accounts are low. Except here, it's a perfect story, not a mishmash — one-stop shopping at its best.