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)
11. Shenandoah Wind
12. Way Up on the Mountain
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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. ...
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. ...