Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Bobby Osborne 10 track album ORIGINAL is out now

The 85-year-old Osborne releases his album Original.

"Like most people, I've loved the music of Bobby Osborne as long as I've known about music.
We're proud of his long history in bluegrass and for his many contributions to the industry,
and are honored to feature his latest project on SiriusXM.
It's truly a first class album from one of the great heroes of the music."
- Kyle Cantrell, Bluegrass Junction SiriusXM

"Bobby Osborne is more excited about his album "Original," than all of his previous solo projects.  He's got good reason to be.  The production values of Alison Brown, the accompanying musicians and vocalists, and Bobby's truly "Original" vocal and mandolin stylings, warrant our attention.  At 85 years of age, this true Master
can still make people sit up and pay close attention to his God-given talents."
-  Eddie Stubbs,  WSM Grand Ole Opry Announcer

“Bobby Osborne has been thrilling bluegrass fans since he first started singing professionally in the 1950s. Having him here turning out a record of this quality 65 years later is an embarrassment of riches.
He sounds as strong as he ever did.” -  John Lawless, Bluegrass Today

Bobby was slated to appear Friday 2nd June at the Grand Ole Opry signing CDs in the Opry store immediately following his performance.

Release Date: 2 June 2017

Label: Compass Records

10 Tracks/ Time: 34:07

Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry:

Live backstage Grand Ole Opry #releaseday
Posted by Bobby Osborne on Friday, 2 June 2017

Bobby Osborne is one of bluegrass music’s true innovators. His trailblazing work with The Osborne Brothers, who charted 13 Billboard Country top 100 hits in the 1960s and 70s, took the sounds of the banjo, mandolin and Bobby’s one of a kind tenor voice to a mainstream audience. Blurring the boundaries between bluegrass and country music with the addition of electric bass, drums and cutting edge instrumental performances, the Osborne Brothers are, in a sense, the connective tissue between the first generation creators of bluegrass music and newgrass which has in turn paved the way for the diversity and innovation that characterizes contemporary bluegrass.
Even at 85 years old, when Bobby Osborne could be resting on his many laurels, he is still driven by a desire to push the musical envelope.
Producer/banjoist/Compass co-founder Alison Brown discovered this when she was subbing for JD Crowe on a Masters of Bluegrass show several years ago and recognized a kindred spirit in Bobby. Subsequently, while working with him in the studio on Peter Rowan’s album, The Old School, Bobby happened to comment that he doubted he’d have the chance to make another solo album. It was clear that Bobby still had something important to say musically so Alison connected Bobby with a grant from the FreshGrass Foundation grant and embarked on the sessions for this project.
The new album features an all star cast of pickers and singers collaborating with Bobby on an eclectic set of songs. Relative newcomers Sierra Hull and Trey Hensley team up with stalwarts Stuart Duncan and Todd Phillips on grass’d up versions of Paint Your Wagon’s “They Call The Wind Maria” and the Bee Gees’ “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You.” The never before recorded Darrell Scott song “Kentucky Morning,” featuring Rob Ickes, gives a nod to Bobby’s heritage while the cover of “Make the World Go Away” with the lush twin fiddles of Buddy Spicher and Matt Combs evokes Music Row circa 1962. Bobby’s touring band the Rocky Top X-Press, with sons Wynn, Robby and Bobby Osborne Jr., deliver an updated version of the Osborne Brothers’ classic “Pathway of Teardrops” while Ronnie and Robbie McCoury, together with Josh Williams and Missy Raines, collaborate on a version of the obscure Mel Tillis song “Goodbye Wheeling.” Additional performers include Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jim LauderdaleDel McCoury, Darrell Scott, David Mayfield, Molly Tuttle, Bryan McDowell, and Kenny Malone.
About the new music Bobby has this to say: “We [The Osborne Brothers] didn’t want to sound like nobody else. And that’s the way I want to be on this CD, too.”
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