Many of you have been asking, so here it is! The 18th Annual Osborne Brothers Hometown Festival flyer featuring all the bands that will be appearing this year including myself & the Rocky Top X-Press, the Lonesome River Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and making his debut, my son and his band: Boj Osborne & Stone Peak!
Bobby and the X-Press are booking for 2012! If you would like to book the Rocky Top X-Press please contact the Rocky Top X-Press Agency at (615) 325-5191! For more info on the Rocky Top X-Press Agency, please visit our contact us page!
In case you don’t know yet, the surprise I mentioned yesterday was the first use of a six-string banjo in the band by Michael Toppins (Chicken as we call him) since my brother Sonny used one back in the ’70s! The banjo was made for me by Arthur Hatfield of the Hatfield Banjo Company in Glasgow, Kentucky, and will be featured by Chicken on all Opry appearances and road shows and any future recordings. I want to thank Mr. Hatfield for making such great sounding (and great looking) banjo. If you want to see the banjo at some upcoming shows, I will remind you that we will be at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop taping the Midnight Jamboree at 10:00 PM on Saturday, March 19th, and at the Station Inn at 9:00 PM on Friday March 25th, and in Nacogdoches, TX at the Stephen F. Austin State University on April 7th, which is a part of the American Bluegrass Masters Tour, or any of our upcoming shows in 2011!
Thanks again to Arthur Hatfield, and to all the fans who support me and the Rocky Top X-Press, and we look forward to seeing this year!
P.S. I will be putting a few pictures up of the banjo soon!
Tim Graves is back with us after a year’s hiatus from the band! Tim has played dobro off and on with me for the last eight years, and we’re excited about the ninth. Tim first came with me back in November of 2001 when the Osborne Brothers were still performing. The X-Press now consists of Daryl Mosley on electric bass, Tim Graves on dobro, Bobby Osborne Jr. (Boj) on guitar, Michael Toppins on banjo, and David Crow on fiddle.
The Rocky Top X-Press welcomes it’s new banjo player, Michael Toppins from West Virignia. Mike originally started playing Dobro with the X-Press back in March and switched to Banjo this past weekend at the Opry. He has played with country music stars such as Hall of Famer “Whisperin’” Bill Anderson and Pam Tillis.