Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press/The Del McCoury Band (#1701)

Two legendary bluegrass groups, Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press and The Del McCoury Band, perform at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville.


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Bluegrass legends Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press and The Del McCoury Band were among the stars featured at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fan Fest.

Osborne, 82 in 2013, is one of the major contributors to bluegrass mandolin playing, pioneering a sound in the 1950s that remains popular. He bridged the gap between bluegrass and mainstream country music, and Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-press was the first bluegrass act to play at The White House, in 1971.

For a half century, McCoury has been defining authenticity for hard-core bluegrass fans. He was influenced in the early 1950s by the music of Earl Scruggs to pick up a banjo, and he joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in 1963. In the early 1990s, he formed The Del McCoury Band with his sons, and they moved to Nashville. McCoury has influenced artists from Vince Gill and Alison Krauss to Phish and Steve Earle.

The IBMA Fan Fest, a major event in the world of bluegrass music, brings together established and rising stars, along with fans from around the world, for a weeklong celebration of bluegrass music. This is the first time IBMA’s Fan Fest has ever been recorded for broadcast.

This program was recorded at: 2012 IBMA Fan Fest