Tiny Desk Concert (home): NPR


The Tiny Desk works from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and around the world. It’s the same spirit – uncluttered decors, an intimate setting – just a different space.

Since last year, many musicians have had to confront their own version of the “if a tree falls in a forest” thought experiment: if you release a new album but can’t turn, the music will ring out. it still for listeners stuck at home? On their superb 2020 album, Skeletons, Brothers Osborne – a country duo that is long challenged the country’s conventions and still managed to dominate the charts – intentionally turned up the volume to create a stadium-sized sound. The problem? “We took it out and didn’t play it anywhere,” John Osborne told Morning Edition.

For their Tiny Desk concert (at home), brothers John and TJ adjust to the setting – John’s paneled Nashville living room, furnished with plenty of guitars and a small desk with a Maryland flag mug – but refuse to cut back intensity. Opening with the explosive instrumental track “Muskrat Greene”, the Osborne brothers and their collaborators use their set to present the best of Skeletons. As on the record, they immediately switch to “Dead Man’s Curve”, a track which is the ideal interplay between John’s fiery guitar and TJ’s singular vocal styles.

“I hope it’s good,” TJ admits at the end of the concert. “We really didn’t play a lot for obvious reasons.” If John and TJ can create that incendiary of a living room experience, just imagine hearing the anthems “I’m Not For Everyone” and “Hatin ‘Somebody” surrounded by thousands of fans this fall.


  • “Muskrat Greene”
  • “The curve of the dead man”
  • “Skeletons”
  • “Hatin ‘Somebody”


  • John Osborne: electric guitar, vocals
  • TJ Osborne: acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Adam Box: battery
  • Pete Sternberg: bass
  • Jason Graumlich: utility
  • Gabe Dixon: keys
  • Matt Heasley: accordion


  • Video: Reid Long
  • Audio: Logan Hanna, Courtney Warner


  • Producer: Ann Powers
  • Video producer: Maia Stern
  • Audio mastering: Josh Rogosin
  • Associate producer: Bobby Carter
  • Small production team: Kara Frame, Bob Boilen
  • Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior Vice President, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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