Bobby Osborne is on the cover of the new issue of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, in the mail now to subscribers. The title, and the theme of the article is On His Own, referencing Bobby’s having embarked on a career as a solo artist and bandleader after half a century performing with his brother Sonny.
They get right to the point as the piece begins:
“When my brother decided to quit the road and completely retire, the days of the Osborne Brothers were over,” Bobby said. “I couldn’t see any point in me trying to just keep the Osborne Brothers as just one brother.” Left with the choice to step down from the business or venture out on his own, the elder brother, 74, didn’t hesitate on his future. “I’m not going to [retire] myself. I’m going to go on as long as I can. I feel like I was put here to sing, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
The bulk of the article is about Bobby’s new direction, new CD (Try A Little Kindness) and his new band (Rocky Top X-Press), but he also responds to some questions about the legacy of The Osborne Brotehrs, and the impact they have had on bluegrass and country music.
The September issue also includes features on The Steep Canyon Rangers, Nothin’ Fancy fiddler Chris Sexton, and Chris Stuart & Backcountry’s trip to perform in the Sultanate of Oman (which we posted about earlier this year).
You will be able to find more details about the new issue on the Bluegrass Unlimited web site when the September 1 issue date rolls around, where you can also find subscription information and search their archives.