Review – Brothers Osborne’s “It Ain’t My Fault”


Undoubtedly the biggest surprise of the night at the 2016 CMA Awards came in the Vocal Duo of the Year category. Everyone expected Florida Georgia Line to win it yet again. Instead rising duo Brothers Osborne pulled off the upset and took home the award. It was an entertaining moment because the duo were just as shocked as the rest of us and let their pure joy shine through as they accepted the award. It was also deserving because they’re one of the most promising acts on a major country label right now. While their debut album Pawn Shop didn’t blow me away, it showed glimpses of how great they can be and it offered some compelling single choices. And fortunately their new single is one of them, “It Ain’t My Fault.” It’s an instantly memorable song because of its upbeat and fun instrumentation. It’s a cross between roots rock and country, featuring rollicking guitars and rhythmic claps. This is the kind of song you’ll find yourself tapping your toe along to by the time the song ends. The song itself isn’t really deep, as it’s about a guy blaming a fun night out on the town on all of the circumstances around it like the drinks and exes. He’s not guilty of doing anything wrong you see, but just trying to have a good time. Yes, it’s not exactly deep. But this song isn’t going for this, it’s going for something fun and catchy. Considering that accomplished. This song wins me over on pure infectiousness. Compare this to the mid to slow tempo snooze fest at country radio and this song is like a double shot of coffee. Brothers Osborne bring something fun to the table without reverting to childish lyrics and worn out themes. For that “It Ain’t My Fault” is a win.

Grade: 7/10


Recommend? – Yes


Written by TJ Osborne, John Osborne and Lee Thomas Miller

9 thoughts on “Review – Brothers Osborne’s “It Ain’t My Fault”

  1. Amanda January 30, 2017 / 11:10 am

    These guys are awesome! They have such a neat sound. This song gets a 7/10 from me as well.


  2. Raymond January 30, 2017 / 11:19 am

    Mark at Spectrum pulse explained this best. This is less denial of the night and more that the Brothers Osborne will kick your a** if you question them. The handclaps and the flow of the lyrics make it all the better.

    My favorite line is “Blame my lack of knowing better on Public Education”. Just so much fun! 8/10 for me.


  3. Nadia Lockheart January 30, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    Completely agree.

    I won’t be the least surprised if this becomes the next “Smoke A Little Smoke”: namely a cult smash that on paper doesn’t seem like a big hit in that its radio peak will be outside the Top Ten, but in terms of broader impact is bigger than countless #1 radio hits as of late with great sales, streaming and karaoke bar requests.

    I’m thinking a Strong 7 to a Light 8 for this. This is definitely the direction I want to see the duo move in more as someone who was overall disappointed with “Pawn Shop”.

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  4. OlaR January 30, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    Not my kind of country music. Like the lyrics but the instrumentation & the voice are annoying.

    Walker Hayes first single for the new Monument label is out: “You Broke Up With Me”. Instant station changer.

    The 2017 Golden Guitar Winner List (as part of the Tamworth Country Music Festival 2017):
    Male Artist Of The Year: Travis Collins (Album: Hard Light)
    Female Artist Of The Year: Sara Storer (Album: Silos)
    Group Or Duo Of The Year: Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart (Album: Bennett Bowtell Urquhart)
    New Talent Of The Year: Fanny Lumsden (Album: Land Of Gold)

    Album Of The Year: Things I Carry Around – Troy Cassar-Daley (Producer: Troy Cassar-Daley)
    Alternative Country Album Of The Year: Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart – Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart (Producer: Glen Hannah)
    Song Of The Year: “Call Me Crazy” – Travis Collins (Written by Travis Collins & Damien Leith)
    Single Of The Year: “Just Another Girl” – Travis Collins
    Bush Ballad Of The Year: “Amazing Night” – Sara Storer

    Heritage Song Of The Year: “The Old Man’s Shed” – Luke O’Shea (Written by Luke O’Shea & John Krsulja)
    Bluegrass Recording Of The Year: Another Weary Mile – Kristy Cox
    Instrumental Of The Year: “Song For Manaia” – Stuie French (of Camille & Stuie)
    Vocal Collaboration Of The Year: “F U Cancer” – Catherine Britt with Kasey Chambers, Beccy Cole, Lyn Bowtell, Josh Pyke, Wes Carr & Wendy Matthews
    Video Clip Of The Year: “The Truth Walks Slowly (In The Country Side) – O’Shea (Director: Mark O’Shea)


  5. jaspersdoggyworld January 30, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    Have to say it is the first newly released song that I have heard in a long time that I’d even bother to listern to again. Very catchy tune.

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  6. OlaR January 30, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    Source is Music Row: “BMG Acquires Nashville-Based BBR Music Group”
    Including all labels (Broken Bow, Stoney Creek, Wheelhouse, Red Bow & the publishing company Magic Mustang Music) & artists like Jason Aldean.
    Pretty sure a couple of people will have to find new jobs or labels soon.


    • Nadia Lockheart January 31, 2017 / 3:13 pm

      Probably more than a couple.

      Broken Bow had a pretty dismal 2016 relative to their hot streak beforehand almost single-handedly thanks to Jason Aldean. Besides Dustin Lynch, almost all the entire rest of their roster (including their sister imprints) either declined commercially or were non-starters. Randy Houser hemorrhaged momentum as did Joe Nichols, with the latter not even having a new album out. Parmalee’s current single is faring MUCH worse than all three singles from its predecessor. Thompson Square continues to paddle in circles. And Chase Bryant has already spent much of his initial (and quixotic) good will with radio.

      Meanwhile, Jordan Rager can’t seem to jump-start his career to the next gear, Granger Smith is hardly moving the dial outside radio, and acts like Lindsay Ell and James Wesley are stuck in holding patterns.

      It’s obvious Jason Aldean will remain the flagship artist of this acquired music group, with Dustin Lynch a secondary priority. Other than that, I strain brainstorming who else is safe on their roster. They might give Randy Houser another try and they may continue to try and develop someone like Jackie Lee. But outside of that, I’m betting there will be quite a few unhappy campers in the coming days.


      • Josh Schott January 31, 2017 / 3:30 pm

        Don’t forget Runaway June too. I think they should stick though for now. Craig Campbell and Trace Adkins are interesting. While Campbell is currently in top 30 at radio, I don’t see him having a much higher ceiling. Adkins has a new album coming, but radio is done with him. As for who I see getting cut for sure: Thompson Square, Parmalee, James Wesley, Kristy Lee Cook, Joe Nichols and Trace Adkins (after the album release). Houser and Campbell each get one more chance.


        • Raymond January 31, 2017 / 3:48 pm

          Radio programmers really love Runaway June given the poor sales and mad callout scores, so I think Runaway June is safe for a few more singles. Keep in mind “Lipstick” just entered the BB Top 30.


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