David Osborne from Osborne Jones Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

David Osborne from Osborne Jones Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Answer:  We’re firmly in the Americana area. Heavily traditional country music focused – especially lyrically – but with an extra buzz to bring the sound up to date. The Modern Sounds Of Country if you like. We’re big Ray Charles fans too...

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Answer:  Last year was excellent. We’ve been very lucky. Ever Closer, our last album had just come out and had a great response – thanks to our partnership with CRS and support from the press. We seem to have a very popular song (Dominos Fall from Ever Closer) in South Africa at the moment which is pretty exciting. We’ve also been working on other outlets and with some other musicians – which is always fun. And then we’ve been preparing for the release of TWANG!

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Answer:  Our latest album is TWANG! which features some of the great guitarists we’ve worked with over the past few years including Albert Lee, Jerry Donahue, Kenny Vaughan, Pete Anderson, Rich Shea and Will McFarlane produced by Teddy Thompson (Richard‘s son) and Rick Shea. Basically some of the of greatest country players of today and it has just came out but I have to say we’ve been blown away so far by the interest.

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Answer:  When you’re talking about country guitar the first word that comes to mind is TWANG! It seemed pretty appropriate so we took it!

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Answer:  We do write all our own songs. We have a large stash of them – we’re always working on new ones – and then we go through the painful process of selecting the ones we want to put on the albums. That takes some time and one or two discussions...but I think we always come out with the best stuff.

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Answer:  Lots of influences – guitar players, songwriters, producers. I’d highlight a few people like Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris (especially when featuring Albert Lee), Dwight Yoakam (with Pete Anderson), Merle Haggard, Marty Stuart (with Kenny Vaughan), Dave Alvin (with Rick Shea),  Bonnie Raitt (with Will McFarlane), and from the English side Fairport Convention (especially with Jerry Donahue)

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

Answer:  Well this new album – TWANG! – is really an amalgam of the previous two albums (Only Now produced by Rick Shea, and Ever Closer produced by Teddy Thompson). We thought it would be a nice idea to put something out, a single album that really highlighted the great work these featured guitarists have done with us – and for us it was a celebration of just being able to work with such talents.

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Answer:  It’s got Albert Lee in full flight on it! Just joking but it’s a catchy little number with a good beat and we think it’s commercial and gets peoples attention. We’ve been told in the past that some of our work grows on people – you have to hear it it few times until it really hits. A Million Teardrops  hopefully hits you full on the first time you hear it.

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Answer:  We’re not sure yet but we’re thinking Always Write in Blue might be a good choice.

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Answer:  We love the whole process – going into the studio, working with new people, working with great musicians, learning from them, and listening back to the final product. It’s just great fun.

Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your music?

Answer:  A lot. We spend a lot of time working on arrangements and structure together then provide that to our producers who tweak it and change it – always for the better – and we come out with something we all like but at the end of the day it’s got our name on it.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?

Answer:  Well it’s very different isn’t it? There’s great stuff out there – just look at the CRS catalog. Amazing music there – but it’s not as easy to find as it used to be. There’s just so much of it. Also the role of the record companies have changed alot – with companies like Warner Brothers – who seemed to only put out great records in the 60’s and 70’s not playing that role anymore. I will say we‘re lucky to be associated with a company like CRS who have really helped nurture and support us. They’re just great to work with.

Lamitschka:  If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Answer:  Spotify and the like would increase what they pay for streaming. It’s very difficult for many people – great musicians – to support themselves from recordings.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Answer:  Other songwriters – Gwyn, my partner in crime, has been writing for a long time...way before I jumped in...so seeing him do it inspired me plus all the great songwriters I grew up listening to – if I could only write something as good as Harlan Howard, the Louvin Brothers or Jimmy Webb I’d be happy. People like that being there inspire you because they’re so good but they make it seem easy so that makes you think maybe, just maybe I can get close. Very hard though....those guys are so great.

Lamitschka:  What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

Answer:  There’s so many great songs. I hear a new one every time I stick on my iPod. Right now it’s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere by Neil Young. But in 5 minutes it might be Bugler by the Byrds or Cowboys and Girls by the Hacienda Brothers

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Answer:  Hi! We’re European too. Thanks for all the support and hope to see you soon!

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de ) for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

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