Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press

Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 11:03 AM
posted by MFG

March 31st, 2011

I had the privelege of meeting one of the great legends in bluegrass music last weekend – Bobby Osborne, with his band the Rocky Top X-Press.  Celebrating 60 years in the music business,  Bobby Osborne does not appear to be slowing down.  He delivered a 2 hour+ show at the Station Inn full of crowd favorites, including “Roll On Muddy River,” “I Might Be Tired Tonight, But I’ll Be OK Tomorrow,” “Today I Started Loving You Again,” “On the Sunny Side of the Mountain,” “Hard Times Follow Me Around,” “Ruby Are You Mad” and of course, the 1967 life-changing hit “Rocky Top.”

The only time Bobby showed any sign of tiring was when he forgot some of the words to “There’s a Little Bit of Everything in Texas,” but he quickly recovered by saying that he had heard Ernest Tubb, the author of the song, forget the words too!

Bobby’s son (BOJ) now sings the baritone part that Bobby’s brother Sonny sang for so many years.  Accompanied by David Crow on the fiddle, Tim Graves on the dobro (IBMA Dobro Player of the Year), Daryl Mosley on the bass, and Mike Toppins on the banjo, Bobby and his son put on a great show.

Although some might argue that Bobby’s time has come to an end, it was clear to me why he has earned and upheld the title of “legend.”  His piercing vocals reach out and grab you – right where you are.  There is just something about his voice that makes it impossible to hide – even from yourself.

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