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“Original” Defining Bobby Osborne's Legacy

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Bobby Osborne - OriginalNashville, TN -- At 85, bluegrass icon Bobby Osborne is having a career defining moment with his new album Original. A feature on Billboard.com, a #1 debut at bluegrass radio (a very rare occurrance on this chart), premiering his first ever official music video via The Tennnessean, and having a co-write on the title track to Alison Krauss' #1 album WINDY CITY, seem to signifiy a powerful aligning of the fates and a return to form for this trailblazing artist.

Original producer Alison Brown pulled together the resources and a cast of bluegrass music's finest players and singers for the recording. Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, and the McCoury Brothers are just a few of the artists more than happy to speak on camera about what Bobby means to bluegrass music and the impact he's had on their lives and careers.

Bobby recently stopped by 650AM WSM to chat with Eddie Stubbs about the new record and on May 26th Bobby sits down with Kyle Cantrell from SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction and Alison Brown for a track by track. Broadcast times are 7:00-11:00 AM, with rebroadcast 5/27 at 9 PM--all times EASTERN.

In the remaining weeks leading up to the release, Bobby will maintain his weekly appearances at the Opry where the record is exclusively available until June 2. Look out for more information about an upcoming special segment at the Opry featuring some of the album's players as well as a CD signing at the Opry store. Additionally, he'll be signing albums at the Ernest Tubb Record store on July 8th.

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 radio audience – one of only a handful of acts in the history of bluegrass ever to have achieved cross over success. Blurring the boundaries between bluegrass and country music, The Osborne Brothers were the connective tissue between the first generation creators of bluegrass and the subsequent generation of newgrass musicians who, in turn, paved the way for the diversity and innovation that characterize contemporary bluegrass.

Now, nearly 60 years into his career, Bobby Osborne has delivered Original. It is the defining album of his solo career and cements his legacy as one of the genre's most important artists. At 85 years old, when he could be resting on his many laurels, Bobby is still driven by a desire to push the musical envelope. Alison Brown recognized a kindred spirit in Bobby while working with him in the studio on Peter Rowan's album, The Old School. During one of the sessions Bobby mentioned that he wasn't sure he'd have the chance to make another solo album. It was clear to Alison that Bobby still had something important to say musically and that realization became the genesis for the album.

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