Osborne coming to Years of farming

Bobby Osborne and company -

On Sunday, April 15, Years of Farming is excited to feature Hall of Fame member, Grammy nominee and war hero, Bobby Osborne at 2 p.m., at Double S Entertainment, 150 Foster Street, Flemingsburg. The HCTC Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music will be the opening band. Cost of tickets will be $15, available in advance or at the door. Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult are admitted free. Attendees will have the chance to win door prizes provided by our sponsors along with two tickets to the April 29 Years of Farming show featuring Alecia Nugent with West Liberty Mountain Boys as the opening band. In the world of bluegrass music, the name Bobby Osborne is usually spoken in the same breath as words like icon, legend, innovator and influential mentor. Bobby’s voice is his trademark – a soaring, powerhouse tenor that comes along once in a generation and has set the gold standard for vocalists in multiple genres for seven decades. As an instrumentalist, Bobby is one of the true stylists on the mandolin, recognized alongside other giants on the instrument including Bill Monroe, Jethro Burns and Jesse McReynolds. Born on Dec. 7, 1931 in Hyden, Bobby’s career began in 1949 with his first professional appearance on the radio and continued to develop through 1951, first as a member of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and, later, during short stint with the Stanley Brothers. It was during this time that Bobby penned “Pain in my Heart” which has become a bluegrass standard that has been recorded by Flatt and Scruggs among others. Bobby proudly served the United States in the Marine Corp seeing active duty during the Korean War. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his service and was honorably discharged in 1953. After returning home, he joined forces with his brother Sonny and co-founded the Osborne Brothers, launching a career that has left an indelible mark on the music world. Bobby’s career with the Osborne Brothers includes many “firsts” in the history of bluegrass. The Osborne Brothers were the first bluegrass artists to feature a “high lead” vocal trio on their classic recording of “Once More” (1958), they were the first bluegrass band to appear on a college campus (Antioch College, 1960), the first to play at the White House (1973) and the first and only bluegrass artists to ever win the Country Music Association’s ” Vocal Group of the Year” (1971). The Osborne Brothers were the first to record “Rocky Top” (1967) and it’s impossible to imagine that song without Bobby’s soaring tenor. Bobby is the only artist to have recorded songs that were adopted as state songs in two different states: “Rocky Top” (Tennessee, 1982) and “Kentucky“ (Kentucky, 1992). The Osborne Brothers became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 1964 and in 2014 Bobby celebrated his 50th Opry anniversary. In 2002 he was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. Bobby has been inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame two times: first as a member of The Osborne Brothers in 1994 and later as a member of The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers in 2009. Bobby is one of only two only individuals (Roy Rodgers is the other) with the distinction of having been inducted into the same hall of fame twice. Bobby’s career as a solo artist and bandleader began when his brother Sonny retired in 2005. He formed the Rocky Top X-Press and began touring and making solo albums, taking his legendary sound to the fans and exposing a whole new audience to his music. The current lineup of the Rocky Top X-Press includes Bobby’s sons Robbie, Wynn and Bobby Jr. In 2007, Bobby began a new phase of his career by becoming an educator at Hazard Community and Technical College’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music in his hometown of Hyden. In 2012, the Leslie County Fiscal Court in Leslie County, named the 13,500 square ft. performance area and site of the long running Osborne Brothers Hometown Festival the “Bobby Osborne Pavilion.” And in 2016, Bobby received the Outstanding Educational Leader award from the Perry County Chamber of Commerce for his work in furthering the music that he has done so much to popularize around the world. As a singer, instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, bandleader, Hall of Fame member, Grammy nominee and war hero, Bobby Osborne has accumulated more than a lifetime’s worth of achievements . But he has never been one to rest on his laurels. He continues to broaden his horizons and set ambitious goals. Bobby has a new release with award winning producer Alison Brownand Compass Records. The album was nominated for a 2018 Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Album. How fitting that an artist who helped write the history of bluegrass music continues to add chapters. The Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music is part of Hazard Community and Technical College which is a comprehensive community technical college committed to learning success. They partner with students of all ages and backgrounds helping each design a satisfying future filled with accomplishment. Students also learn about bluegrass history as they learn their instrument! They have had opportunities to play many venues and events. From day one our goal at Years of Farming is to not only promote bluegrass music in our area, but also to promote our local businesses. We are pleased to be sponsored by 48 local businesses that employ more than 500 people in our community including three other great festivals in our area. Most of our sponsors have sponsored all our shows we have scheduled since 2011. Please take the time to thank our many Fleming County businesses for helping us bring great bluegrass music to Flemingsburg. We hope you will join us at Years of Farming for an afternoon of awesome bluegrass music. It is a great opportunity to see this caliber of artists in our area in an indoor facility. If you are not familiar with any of our bands, whether a feature band or an opening band, check their websites and/or YouTube for some of their music and history and you will want to attend! Keep checking our website www.yearsoffarming.com for updates in our schedule. For more information or tickets you can contact Paula Hinton at 606-748-0798 or [email protected]

Bobby Osborne and company
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