Bomshel was an American country music duo founded in 2005 by lead singer Buffy "Buf" Lawson and fiddle player Kristy Osmunson. Signed to Curb Records in 2004, Bomshel's original lineup charted four singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and recorded an unreleased album called Bomshel Stomp. One of their songs, "The Power of One", was included in the soundtrack to the film Evan Almighty. Lawson departed in December 2007, and Kelley Shepard was chosen as her replacement. The new lineup of Shepard and Osmunson released four more singles, including "Fight Like a Girl" and "19 and Crazy," both of which reached the Country Top 40. In October 2009, Bomshel released its debut album, also titled Fight Like a Girl. Bomshel released Hallleluy'all" in 2013 before disbanding, and Osmunson founded a second duo called American Young.
Kristy Osmunson, a native of Sandpoint, Idaho moved to Nashville, Tennessee in early 2002. Prior to meeting, the two worked as songwriters in Nashville, with Lawson's writing credits include tracks for Mila Mason and Linda Davis. Osmunson met Lawson at a fan fair in Nashville. Lawson and Osmunson found that they worked well together, and decided to perform together. Kelley Shepard, grew up in Gilbert Arizona and started singing at age 6. Ellen Degeneres discovered her at age 15 and soon after she signed a developmental deal with singer/songwriter Brian McKnight. Kristy and Kelley met in 2007 at a festival in Detroit Michigan and started performing together soon after. Kelley left the duo in 2011, citing creative differences.
The duo first performed at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee, where they would set up on Thursday nights to play their songs. Later, they began to play at several clubs throughout Nashville as well. By 2006, Bomshel was signed to Curb Records. Bomshel's first single, "Country Music Love Song", was released in early 2006, followed by the release of "Ain't My Day to Care". Respectively, these songs reached No. 49 and No. 44 on the country singles charts.
Bomshel's third single was titled "Bomshel Stomp." Originally written as a joke on Osmunson's birthday, "Bomshel Stomp" was intended as a "rave groove with a hillbilly song." While "Ain't My Day to Care" was charting, "Bomshel Stomp" was tested on radio stations throughout the state of Michigan. During mid-2006, it became the most-requested song on country radio stations in the state. It was then released as the duo's third single, peaking at No. 46. It was succeeded by "The Power of One," a cut from the soundtrack for the film Evan Almighty. Also in 2006, the duo released an extended play entitled Bomshel Stomp which featured the title track, "Country Music Love Song" and "Ain't My Day to Care."
In December 2007, after "The Power of One," Lawson left the duo. She was replaced by Arizona native Kelley Shepard, who made her debut on the duo's fifth single, "Just This Way". It was followed by "Cheater, Cheater", which was later a number 30 single for Joey Rory in 2008.
Bomshel made its fifth chart entry with "Fight Like a Girl" in early 2009. It became the duo's first Top 40 country hit, peaking at No. 30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "19 and Crazy" followed in November 2009 as the album's second single, and was also a minor Top 40 hit on the chart. Both songs and "Just This Way" are included on Bomshel's debut album, Fight Like a Girl, released by Curb on October 20, 2009. The album was produced by Chuck Howard, except for "19 and Crazy", which Osmunson produced with the song's co-writers, Josh Kear and Mark Irwin. "Just Fine" was released as the album's third single on June 7, 2010. It debuted at No. 56 on the country chart for the week of July 3, 2010, and peaked at No. 53 two weeks later. In January 2010, the duo was nominated by the Academy of Country Music for Top New Duo.
Bomshel released the extended play Halleluy'all in July 2012. Its title track was released as a single, but did not chart. After its release, Bomshel broke up and Osmunson joined songwriter Jon Stone in the duo American Young, which also records for Curb.
In late 2006, Bomshel put up a custom-built, autographed motorcycle, called the "Wicked Women of Tequila Rose Chopper", up for auction on CMT's auction website, CMTAuctions.com. Yellowstone Madonna of Michigan was the winner of the chopper. Proceeds from the auction went to the benefit of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.
|Fight Like a Girl||
|2006||"Country Music Love Song"||49||Bomshel Stomp (EP)|
|"Ain't My Day to Care"||44|
|"The Power of One"||52||Evan Almighty (soundtrack)|
|2008||"Just This Way"||--||Fight Like a Girl|
|"Cheater, Cheater"||--||Fight Like a Girl (EP)|
|2009||"Fight Like a Girl"||30||Fight Like a Girl|
|"19 and Crazy"||33|
|"--" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2009||"Fight Like a Girl"||Eric Welch|
|2010||"19 and Crazy"||Howard/Welch/Van|
|"Just Fine"||Amanda Van Sandt|
|2010||Academy of Country Music||Top New Vocal Duo||Nominated|