BOBBY OSBORNE & THE ROCKY TOP X-PRESS, “New Bluegrass & Old Heartaches,” Rural Rhythm. 10 tracks.
Bobby Osborne turned 80 in December.
He’s been playing music professionally since he joined the the Miami Valley Playboys in Middletown, Ohio, in 1947.
He’s been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 48 years and he’s been enshrined (with brother Sonny) in the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame for 18 years.
But Osborne shows no sign of slowing down.
When rotator-cuff surgery in late 2004 forced Sonny Osborne to stop playing the banjo, the last of the great first-generation bluegrass brother acts was history.
But Bobby Osborne formed a new band and hit the road again.
Now, he’s back with a new album, “New Bluegrass & Old Heartaches.”
Some of the new bluegrass is really old, though.
Like Phil Rosenthal’s “Muddy Waters,” a ballad about a flood that takes a family’s home. The song was scheduled to be on the Osborne Brothers’ last album for Decca in the early 1970s but was never released.
Then, there’s “The Last Bridge You’ll Ever Burn,” a song Osborne wrote 40 years and recently rediscovered.
The first single off the album is “I’m Going Back To The Mountain,” an uptempo song about a man who’s had enough of city life and is heading back to his mountain farm.
It’s good bluegrass by one of the genre’s greatest talents.
Can’t find it in stores? Try http://www.BobbyOsborne.com.