This week, the members of Old Dominion and Brothers Osborne got together to share some drinks and a whole lot of laughs over Zoom. The group chatted about what they’ve been up to during quarantine, which for John Osborne has been a lot of painting. They also talked about how, for many years, the two bands have been confused for one another. Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey specifically remembered a show the two played in Canada where he tried to settle the confusion once and for all.
“I have a video from that show, and it’s me and Trevor, and we’re standing side stage watching you guys play,” says Ramsey. “And it was right in the height of when people were confusing the two of us. I kept flipping the camera around going ‘them,’ ‘us,’ ‘them,’ ‘us.’”
While it’s certain that all the band members have multiple stories of fans confusing them, T.J. Osborne had a frustrating, but funny, story about a woman who works for the company that collects his trash who confused the two groups.
“It was this sweet southern lady — she puts me on hold, and then she comes back and she goes, ‘I figured out who you are,’” says T.J. “And I was like, ‘Okay.’ And she goes, ‘You’re in Old Dominion.’ She was actually trying to mess with me. She was like, ‘I’m just joking with you, I know you get that all the time.’ But at first I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me! You know my name is Osborne.’”
In addition to chatting about quarantine and the confusion between them, T.J. and John also shared that their new album is almost complete. They say it was pretty much done before the Nashville tornado and the COVID-19 pandemic put things on hold.
“We were really close to finishing it and then the tornado hit, and that knocked Jay’s studio out of power for like a week,” says T.J. “Then we went over to Southern Ground, Zac Brown’s studio, and worked there for a little bit, but it was just weird, it felt really disjointed. Then we were going to go back to Jay’s and then we went into quarantine, and the record, virtually finished, just sat there for months.”
T.J. continued, saying that they were able to back in to finish the record, and they are working on the finishing touches, like album artwork, now.