• Al Osteen passes

    Al Osteen, a beloved member of the bluegrass community in upstate South Carolina, died yesterday (12/31) following a battle with cancer. He had been a noted professional performer since the late 1960s, but his lasting mark is the large number

  • Another banjo raffle for Al Osteen

    Following the success of their October raffle to raise money for popular South Carolina banjo picker Al Osteen, Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music (POSAM) and Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) are sponsoring a second similar fundraiser. Osteen has been an influential picker

  • Banjo raffle for Al Osteen

    Al Osteen is a familiar face in South Carolina bluegrass circles. He has played banjo with popular regional groups since he was 17 years old, notably as an original member of Curtis Blackwell and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys, plus time