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Bobby Osborne goes for "Bluegrass & Beyond"

Thursday, October 23, 2008 – Bobby Osborne, mandolinist and vocalist with the seminal bluegrass ensemble The Osborne Brothers, returns with his band The Rocky Top X-Press for "Bluegrass & Beyond," out Jan. 20 on Rounder.

"Bluegrass & Beyond" features straight ahead bluegrass, gospel soul and traditional country, and includes bluegrass arrangements of The Eagles' Girl from Yesterday and Eddie Rabbit's Drivin' My Life Away). Guest appearances come from Marty Stuart and Connie Smith (What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul) and Rhonda and Darrin Vincent (After the Fire Is Gone.)

Osborne enjoyed a 50-year career with brother Sonny Osborne as the Osborne Brothers. Osborne received his first Grammy nomination as a solo artist in 2006 under the category of 'Best Country Collaboration with Vocals' for his duet with Rhonda Vincent on Midnight Angel from Vincent's "All American Bluegrass Girl."

Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press are: Bobby Osborne (mandolin & vocals), Bobby Osborne Jr. (bass), Dana Cupp (banjo), Richard Bennett (guitar), and David Crow (fiddle).

The songs are:
1. Let's Sing Our Song
2. What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul (Featuring Marty Stuart and Connie Smith)
3. A Wise Man's Mind Will Change
4. You Can
5. Different Definition of Love
6. Drivin' My Life Away
7. Girl from Yesterday
8. Keystone Coal
9. After the Fire Is Gone (Featuring Rhonda Vincent & Darrin Vincent)
10. Hyden
11. Shenandoah Wind
12. Way Up on the Mountain

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Original CD review - Original
One of the most celebrated of tenors, Bobby Osborne is a legend of bluegrass and country and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than half a century. Osborne started as a bluegrass professional in the music's earliest years. With his banjo-wielding brother, Sonny, he plied his trade as an impressive mandolinist and lead singer, achieving popular success on country charts with "Ruby," "Once More," "Making Plans" and, of course, "Rocky Top. »»»
The Selfishness in Man
Bobby Osborne is a name known to any serious bluegrass fan. The Osborne Brothers helped set the standard for bluegrass and were known to stretch the boundaries at times, such as adding electrified instruments to their recordings. This is not an effort to stretch boundaries. It's a labor of love because Osborne has a deep appreciation for the classic country sound. The arrangements and instrumentation are top notch. The harmonies are great. The shock you must overcome is hearing Osborne's voice in this setting. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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