The final part in the Osborne Brothers’ four part series documenting their career from “Hyden to Nashville” releases today! It features eight unreleased cuts by the Brothers. They are available for order through the RTX store for $15.00!
Bobby & the Rocky Top X-Press will be returning to the Station Inn on Saturday April 26th as part of the Celebration Tour! There was a great crowd the last time we were there and we’re hoping for another one! Be sure to come by and hang out with Bobby and the boys for a night of good fun and good Bluegrass music!
Bobby and the boys will head north to Spencer, Indiana for a show at the Tivoli Theatre the following night, so folks up that way be sure to make it out to the show for a night of good fun and music as well!
Celebration Tour is headed for Radford, Virginia and the Little River Bluegrass Barn on Saturday, April 5th! Celebration Tour began back in December and will continue throughout 2014 and celebrates Bobby’s fifty years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He will be accompanied by his band the Rocky Top X-Press, which consists of sons Wynn Osborne and Bobby Osborne Junior on banjo and bass respectively, as well as Joe Miller on guitar, and Buddy Griffin on fiddle.
As promised earlier this month: we are bringing two episodes this month of the renewed YouTube series “On the Air.” Bobby is telling the story of how he and brother Sonny got to the Opry. In the previous episode Bobby touched on what it was like growing up in Hyden, Kentucky as a small boy. In this episode Bobby talks about his time spent in Dayton, Ohio and some of his first influences in music and some of the first bands he played in prior to meeting Larry Richardson!
Two years ago Bobby tested a YouTube series that he called “On the Air.” Now, Bobby is bringing the series back with a special edition for his 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The first ten-minute episode starts with Bobby telling stories about his time as a small boy in Hyden, Kentucky and future episodes will follow his story of getting to the Opry and beyond.
All episodes of “On the Air” will be available to watch at Bobby’s website www.bobbyosborne.com or on his YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/bobbyosbornertx.
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On New Year’s Eve, acclaimed Nashville musician Steve Thomas and his wife Janet, suffered extensive damage to their house due to chimney fire. The music community has graciously come together to present the “Ashes of Love” benefit concert for them on Thursday, February 20th at the Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater located at 2416 Music Valley Drive in Nashville. Parking is free. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the concert will take place from 6:45 pm to 9:50 pm.
The “Ashes of Love” concert will be hosted by Marcia Campbell of The WSM All Nighter radio show. Some of the top names in Bluegrass and Country music will lend their talents including: Del McCoury Band; The Grascals; Rambling Rooks; Bobby Osborne; Mark Newton & Steve Thomas; Claire Lynch; Marty Raybon; Sister Sadie (Dale Ann Bradley, Gena Britt, Deanie Richardson, Beth Lawrence, Tina Adair); Gary Ferguson, Larry Stephenson Band; Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle & Jerry Salley; Val Storey; Paul Brewster; Melonie Cannon; Steve Gulley & Phil Leadbetter; Aubrey Haynie; Randy Kohrs; Scott Vestal; Mike Bub; Ashby Frank; Clay Hess; and more.
A suggested minimum $20 donation can be purchased at the door the night of the concert. Friends, family and fans of Steve Thomas can also make online donations via PayPal at Bluegrass Today. The publication recently featured an article with more details on Steve’s New Year’s Eve nightmare. Mailed donations can be made payable to Steve Thomas and mailed to PO Box 1016, Gallatin, TN. 37066.
The “Ashes of Love” benefit concert is sponsored by: David and Adrienne Kirkey of Eagle Canyon Music in Lebanon, TN; Pinecastle Records, and Corey Frizzell Portrait Artist. Event photography will be provided by Dreama Stephenson of dreambeecreations.com.
More on Steve Thomas:
For over twenty years, Steven Thomas has been a professional musician touring and working with some of the biggest names in Bluegrass and Country music. He began his impressive career at an early age growing up in the Roanoke, Virginia area and later formed the Lonesome River Band with Tim Austin. His impressive career includes performing with: Del McCoury; with Jim & Jesse and The Virginia Boys on the Grand Ole Opry; The Lost and Found, The Whites, The Osborne Brothers, Aaron Tippin, Barbara Mandrell, Brooks and Dunn, LeeAnn Womack, Kenny Chesney, John Michael Montgomery, Ronnie Bowman, and Lorrie Morgan. He is now performing with Mark Newton as “Newton & Thomas” and celebrating their hit bluegrass album, “Reborn” on Pinecastle Records. When Steve is not touring, you can find him in the studio recording and producing music by The Crowe Brothers, Larry Cordle, Jesse McReynolds and more talented artists.