Bobby Osborne goes the academic route
Thursday, September 20, 2007
– Bluegrass great Bobby Osborne is going the academic route. He was named a faculty member for the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music (KSBTM). The music school is part of Hazard Community & Technical College and is based in Osborne's hometown of Hyden, Ky.
For the next two semesters, Osborne will teach mandolin along with songwriting, publishing, promotion, and music history.
On July 10, Rounder Records released "Bluegrass Melodies," Osborne's second solo disc for the label. Produced by Osborne and fiddling wiz Glen Duncan, "Bluegrass Melodies" features a mix of bluegrass covers plus three Osborne originals. Osborne, 75, played for 50 years with brother Sonny Osborne as the Osborne Brothers.
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press are currently on tour. Dates are:
Sept. 21 Nashville The Grand Ole Opry
Sept. 22 Bean Blossom, IN Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall Of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival
Sept. 29 Sparta, TN Liberty Square
Oct. 6 Mt. Juliet, TN Mount Juliet Homecoming
Oct. 7 Nashville The Ernest Tubb Record Shop
Oct. 11 Waldron, AR Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival
Oct. 19 Hanover, OH Flowers Hall
Nov. 10 Tazewell, TN Claybourn County High School
Nov. 23 Myrtle Beach, SC South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival
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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. ...