Marion, VA – Grand Ole Opry legend Bobby Osborne and his band the Rocky Top X-press will be in concert for a taping of Song of the Mountains on Saturday, February 4th at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia
It is very difficult to fit into one paragraph a biography of Bobby Osborne. He has been many places and done many things in his sixty-plus years as a professional entertainer. He worked for a time with Larry Richardson in the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, and with the Stanley Brothers in the early part of his career. However, the Korean War cut his stint with the Stanley Brothers short. After returning home with a Purple Heart for his service as a marine, he joined with his brother Sonny to form the famous Osborne Brothers that have recorded hits such as Ruby, Roll Muddy River, Kentucky, and of course Rocky Top. It was during this time (August 8th, 1964) that Bobby and Sonny would be made members of the Grand Ole Opry, receive the CMA Award for Vocal Group of the Year, and take Bluegrass Music to places it had never been before. In 1994 the Brothers would be inducted into the IBMA Hall of Honor, and then into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2007, Bobby was asked to come and be a part of the Kentucky School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music, where he still works and teaches students today! In 2009 Bobby was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Honor yet again as a Lonesome Pine Fiddler, making him the only person to be inducted into the Hall twice! Bobby’s latest CD “Memories” is a celebration of all that is mentioned here, and even more that has not been mentioned!
Joining Bobby Osborne on February 4th will be his son, Bobby Osborne, Jr. and Stone Peak, the traditional bluegrass band Jus’ Cauz Band from Danville, Virginia and the Lost Creek Band from the Knoxville, Tennessee region.
Song of the Mountains features bluegrass, old time, Celtic and Americana Music and is currently airing on over 190 Public Television outlets across the United States. Tim White hosts the series. Tickets for the Saturday, February 4th concert at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia are $20. Reserved tickets may be purchased at the Lincoln Theatre Box Office in Marion, VA or online at www.songofthemountains.org. The concert begins at 7:00 pm. For information or tickets by phone call 276-783-6093.
Song of the Mountains is underwritten for public television by
Alpha Natural Resources, Mountain States Health Alliance www.msha.com, Bryant Label Co. of Blountville, TN, TEDS, the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA, Blue Ridge Country 98.1 fm, The Bank of Marion and Emory & Henry College. Special support from Marion, and Smyth County, VA.
Memberships and Song of the Mountains merchandise are available at the website and your purchases help support the concert series.
Song of the Mountains/The Lincoln Theatre is a non-profit organization.
Looking ahead the March 3, 2012 Song of the Mountains concert will feature Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band (Rodney was on the Andy Griffith Show in the 1960s as one of the Darling Boys), the Close Kin Project and Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition.
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