THE OSBORNE BROTHERS, “Nashville,” Pinecastle. 8 tracks

Back in 1998, Pinecastle Records began a four-part series of albums documenting the career of Bobby and Sonny Osborne from their days in their hometown of Hyden, Ky., to the fame they found in Nashville.

The brothers were inducted as members of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry on Aug. 8, 1964 — nearly 50 years ago.

The series of albums — “Hyden,” “Dayton to Knoxville” and “Detroit to Wheeling” were the first three– got sidetracked in late 2004 when Sonny Osborne was forced into retirement after rotator cuff surgery left him unable to play the banjo as well as he was accustomed to.

But Pinecastle will finally release the fourth and final installment in the series — “Nashville” — on June 10.

It features seven tracks recorded in 1975, when the brothers were in full Nashville mode with drums, pianos, electric guitars and steel guitars.

It was necessary at the time they said to get airplay on country stations and to hold their own with other country bands in package shows.

Tracks from the 1975 session include Bobby Osborne’s “Gonna Be Raining When I Die,” The Louvin Brothers’ “My Baby’s Gone” and “When I Stop Dreaming,” Jake Landers‘ “The Oak Tree,” “Going Back To The Mountains” and “The Hard Times” and Phil Rosenthal‘s “Muddy Waters.”

The eighth track — Roger Miller‘s “Half A Mind” — comes from a 1995 recording session, long after the band had returned to its acoustic roots.

It’s a great chance to hear the Osborne Brothers in their prime.

But don’t forget that Bobby, now 82, is still performing full-time with his band, Rocky Top X-Press.

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