Bobby Osborne to record with Alison Brown and Compass Records Group! Check this out and see how you can help support this great collaboration of one of our last bluegrass music cornerstones that's still active today! Over the past couple of years my friends, fans, and students have been asking me when I’m going to make a new album. Well I am pleased to announce that will be starting a new project this summer at Compass Sound Studio in Nashville. The album will be produced by Alison Brown and will be released on the Compass Records label, one of the finest labels in bluegrass music.
I am also VERY proud to have been awarded a matching grant from the fine folks at the Freshgrass Foundation to produce and market my new album.
We would like to give everyone an opportunity to be a part of this historic recording project. Just click here to find out how you can join us in funding this album release!
Bobby Osborne… the name conjures up memories of that incredible high voice ringing over the hills at a bluegrass festival on a warm summer evening, of the sounds of Rocky Top rolling in on 50,000 watts on The Grand Ole Opry on WSM, 650 on your radio dial, of the sounds of Rubeeeeee!!!, on radio and television stations ever since Bobby Osborne first burst on the scene in 1949. Bobby’s many accomplishments as a professional musician and entertainer would fill an entire book, and they soon will, as his biography is soon to appear in print.
Bobby started out in music wanting to sing like Ernest Tubb. Bobby played the guitar, and learned everything that he could by listening to Ernest on the Grand Ole Opry. One night, while waiting for Tubbs’ appearance on the Opry, Bobby hear a sound come over his parents’ radio that was to change his life. He couldn’t believe all of that incredible music, that barrage of notes coming over the airwaves could be made by one man. When the song was over The Solemn Old Judge said, “friends that was Earl Scruggs with his fancy banjo with Bill Monroe and his BlueGrass Boys.”
Bobby knew that some way, some how, he had to see this Scruggs guy and see how did that. Bill Monroe announced on the radio, that he and the band would be in Dayton, Ohio the next day. As Bobby and his parents and brother and sister lived in Dayton, Bobby asked his Dad if he would take him to see Bill Monroe the next day. His Dad said he would, and that he like to see them himself. Bobby’s Dad told him, “well one thing I know for sure, Bill’s the one that plays the fiddle”.
The next day, Bobby saw Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Chubby Wise, Howard Watts and Earl Scruggs. Bobby found out in person, that one man could indeed make all of that music when he saw Scruggs play. Seeing these five men perform together, was unforgettable to Bobby, (he can still tell you what each one of them was wearing that fateful day in Dayton). It was the sound of the five-string banjo, played by Earl Scruggs, that got Bobby interested in what has come to be known as BlueGrass Music. Like so many things in Bobby’s life, it’s amazing how many things came full circle, and how quickly. It’s worth pointing out, that Bobby set out to be a country singer, and his biggest vocal influence was Ernest Tubb. That’s one reason why his singing style was so unique. He wasn’t trying to be a tenor singer like Bill Monroe or Ira Louvin, he was singing like he wanted to. He just happened to have been blessed with a one of a kind vocal range. Bobby was alway a guitar player, until he teamed up with Jimmy Martin. That’s when
Bobby became a mandolin player. And what a mandolin player.