Bluegrass Melodies

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Bobby Osborne is one of a handful of first generation bluegrass pioneers still practicing his craft. Originally known for his work with his brother Sonny, Bobby has launched his solo career after six decades in the music business. Osborne has been best known for his high, distinct tenor which he brought to bear on classics like "Rocky Top" and "Ruby Are You Mad." Over the years, the Osborne Brothers abandoned their more experimental streak for a traditional, acoustic-based bluegrass, and Bluegrass Melodies follows suit. Osborne is joined by the Rocky Top X-Press, featuring banjoist Dana Cupp, bassist Daryl Mosley, guitarist Bobby Osborne, Jr. son, fiddler Glen ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Bobby Osborne is one of a handful of first generation bluegrass pioneers still practicing his craft. Originally known for his work with his brother Sonny, Bobby has launched his solo career after six decades in the music business. Osborne has been best known for his high, distinct tenor which he brought to bear on classics like "Rocky Top" and "Ruby Are You Mad." Over the years, the Osborne Brothers abandoned their more experimental streak for a traditional, acoustic-based bluegrass, and Bluegrass Melodies follows suit. Osborne is joined by the Rocky Top X-Press, featuring banjoist Dana Cupp, bassist Daryl Mosley, guitarist Bobby Osborne, Jr. son, fiddler Glen Duncan, and dobroist Matt Despain. Osborne's in good voice and excels on numbers like the title cut. There are also fine versions of "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "Music Makin' Man." Bluegrass Melodies is a solid release and should please longtime fans, though the proceedings rarely inject the kind of high-octane energy and high-flying vocals that once left the Osborne Brothers' fans dumb struck this statement would probably be equally true of the most recent Osborne Brothers' releases. Still, Osborne remains a distinctive vocalist, easily separating himself from an ever growing field of contemporary bluegrass bands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661058224
  • Catalog Number: 610582
  • Sales rank: 378,385

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Osborne Primary Artist, Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Rhonda Vincent Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Glen Duncan Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Daryl Mosley Tenor (Vocal), Acoustic Bass
Matt DeSpain Dobro, Baritone (Vocal)
Bobby Osborne Jr. Acoustic Guitar, Baritone (Vocal), Acoustic Bass
Technical Credits
Marty Stuart Liner Notes
Buck Owens Composer
Glen Duncan Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Felice Bryant Composer
Vince Gill Composer
Ken Irwin Mastering
Toby Mountain Mastering
Bobby Osborne Composer
John Sommers Composer
Darrell Statler Composer
Jerry Salley Composer
Ben Surratt Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Playing Time – 39:18 About a year after his “Try a Little Kindness” debut on the Rounder Records, Bobby Osborne’s second release on that label further indicates that the 75-year-old pioneer’s bluegrass is higher and lonesomer than ever. At age 18, Bobby first learned about being forlorn and alone when he started his career in 1949 with banjo player Larry Richardson, Charlie and Ray Cline in The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers. Today, his soaring vocals still exude pathos in songs like an original “Color Me Lonely,” Glen Duncan and Jerry Salley’s “Under A Lonesome Moon,” and Carter Stanley’s “Lonesome River” that is given a slight interpretive twist to impart his own personalized stamp. When Bobby tenderly sings of suffering, we’re immediately sympathetic. The “Music Makin’ Man” also still incorporates plenty of country charm into his “Bluegrass Melodies.” While some of his mandolin breaks may not come off as cleanly and nimble-fingered as in younger days, a special treat is his own instrumental “Lucky Lane Shuffle,” a rag that recalls the influence of early southern music on the genre. Joining Osborne, his band The Rocky Top X-Press includes Dana Cupp (banjo), Daryl Mosley (bass), Bobby Osborne Jr. (rhythm guitar), and Matt Despain (Dobro). Rhonda Vincent’s defining vocals appear in the poignant closer written by Vince Gill, “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” Glen Duncan’s superb fiddling (often twinned) appears on all twelve tracks, and he supercharges the interesting, varied and poised material in the well-balanced set. Bobby Osborne’s stability and perseverance are the epitome of bluegrass strength and equilibrium. While there are many varieties of bluegrass music, Bobby Osborne’s cultivates all the elements of polished radio-friendly fare that is still full of sorrow, risk, joy and reverence. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Playing Time – 39:18 -- About a year after his “Try a Little Kindness” debut on the Rounder Records, Bobby Osborne’s second release on that label further indicates that the 75-year-old pioneer’s bluegrass is higher and lonesomer than ever. At age 18, Bobby first learned about being forlorn and alone when he started his career in 1949 with banjo player Larry Richardson, Charlie and Ray Cline in The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers. Today, his soaring vocals still exude pathos in songs like an original “Color Me Lonely,” Glen Duncan and Jerry Salley’s “Under A Lonesome Moon,” and Carter Stanley’s “Lonesome River” that is given a slight interpretive twist to impart his own personalized stamp. When Bobby tenderly sings of suffering, we’re immediately sympathetic. The “Music Makin’ Man” also still incorporates plenty of country charm into his “Bluegrass Melodies.” While some of his mandolin breaks may not come off as cleanly nimble-fingered as in younger days, a special treat is his own instrumental “Lucky Lane Shuffle,” a rag that recalls the influence of early southern music on the genre. Joining Osborne, his band The Rocky Top X-Press includes Dana Cupp (banjo), Daryl Mosley (bass), Bobby Osborne Jr. (rhythm guitar), and Matt Despain (Dobro). Rhonda Vincent’s defining vocals appear in the poignant closer written by Vince Gill, “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” Glen Duncan’s superb fiddling (often twinned) appears on all twelve tracks, and he supercharges the interesting, varied and poised material in the well-balanced set. Bobby Osborne’s stability and perseverance are the epitome of bluegrass strength and equilibrium. While there are many varieties of bluegrass music, Bobby Osborne’s cultivates all the elements of polished radio-friendly fare that is still full of sorrow, risk, joy and reverence. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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