The Osborne Brothers (#1022)

Classic bluegrass from a band that’s been playing it for half a century.

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Legendary bluegrass from a legendary band takes center stage as the Osborne Brothers perform on this installment of Jubilee. Music fans of all sorts can appreciate this performance recorded at the 2004 J.D. Crowe Bluegrass Festival in Henderson.

Bobby and Sonny Osborne learned an appreciation for traditional music as teenagers and went on to play and record separately with such notable figures as the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, and the Stanley Brothers. They formed a band together after Bobby returned from the Army in 1955 and joined the Wheeling Jamboree radio program, playing with Red Allen and touring and recording regularly. The Osbornes gained mainstream success on the country charts through the 1950s and ’60s. In fact, they were the only bluegrass performers to consistently have country hits during that period.

In recent years, the Osborne Brothers have returned to a more traditional style. The band remains active in both touring and recording, playing regular gigs at the Grand Ole Opry and cutting records for several popular labels. In addition to Bobby and Sonny, the lineup for this performance includes Derrick Deekins, Daryl Mosley, Tim Graves, Bobby Osborne Jr., and Dana Cupp.