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Friday, November 05, 2021

"Rocky Top" is one of the most well-known bluegrass songs. It became popular when the Osborne Brothers released it in 1967. With the recent passing of Sonny Osborne, we wanted to honor him and show our appreciation for all that he contributed to the music we love.



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Bluegrass Superstar Sonny Osborne Dies

Regarded as one of the all-time great banjo stylists, he starred with brother Bobby on the Grand Ole Opry as well as on hit records such as "Rocky Top." The Osborne Brothers were named the CMA Vocal Group of the Year in 1971.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2021-11-05 07:30 PM | Reply

Low Country

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2021-11-05 09:08 PM | Reply

Ugh. What a horrible song. Now do "Rock N Roll #2"

#3 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-11-05 11:38 PM | Reply


#4 | Posted by Corky at 2021-11-05 11:54 PM | Reply

Molly Tuttle and Billy Strings, "Sittin On Top Of The World,"

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2021-11-06 12:38 AM | Reply

The Osborne Brothers were pretty good, but, Earl Scruggs was the Godfather.

This is still the greatest instrumental banjo song ever.

"Foggy Mountain Breakdown"

#6 | Posted by shane at 2021-11-06 10:51 AM | Reply

Overrated: country music
Underrated: bluegrass music

#7 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2021-11-06 05:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Rollin' in my sweet baby's arms

I wonder where you are tonight

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-06 06:37 PM | Reply

The thing that interested me in the song is hearing it when it came out in a totally different genre from the "rock music" that was searching for it's identity almost everywhere else; Buffalo Springfield flirting with country, others with pop, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock and roll....

I was never a fan of country or crooners at that time, mostly folk and blues and then progressive and some hard rock.

But as the late 60's became the mid-seventies, I drove 18 wheelers around the country, summers to pay for fall and spring full time college classes. And I LOVED listening to bluegrass on small town radio stations across the South, and I never missed the chance of Cajun music and black church music, usually the same small stations, in Louisiana as I drove.

"Arnold Shultz, a black Ohio County musician who was a major influence on Bill Monroe, "the father of bluegrass music." Some music historians call him the "godfather of bluegrass."

too bad Shultz was never recorded

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2021-11-06 06:56 PM | Reply

One of those links I posted above playlisted into this one

Jimmy Martin Uncle Pen Days 2004 Bean Blossom

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-06 07:39 PM | Reply

#9 Listening to small radio stations driving across America is one of the many rewards of driving across the country. Though I've only ever done that on my own time, and on my own dime. And on my last trip my radio was broken so I didn't get to do it, which was a bad choice on my part.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-06 07:42 PM | Reply

I was never much into bluegrass until I went to see the Steve Martin/Martin Short show a couple of years ago. They had a band with them (Steep Canyon Rangers?) that was absolutely on fire.

#12 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-11-06 07:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I tried to see Steep Canyon Rangers at a festival but the crowd was so thick presumably because of the Steve Martin thing that I just couldn't hack it.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-06 07:48 PM | Reply

new bluegrass

The SteelDrivers - Ghosts Of Mississippi (Official Audio)

Thunderstruck by Steve'n'Seagulls (LIVE)

billy strings is all the rage though, apparently

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2021-11-06 08:03 PM | Reply

and now for something completely different.... chillgrass

#15 | Posted by Corky at 2021-11-06 08:34 PM | Reply

#13 you missed out.

#16 | Posted by bruceaz at 2021-11-06 10:18 PM | Reply



#17 | Posted by et_al at 2021-11-06 10:21 PM | Reply

The drums are a steep barrier to entry for me, but thanks for sharing anyway!

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-06 10:33 PM | Reply

If someone didn't tell me this was Chubby Checker, I would not have guessed in a million years

Goodbye Victoria

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-06 10:35 PM | Reply


Yeah. That's definitely not the Twist...

I mimed this for 3rd grade class. That was my first cute teacher. She told us boys that we were, "rude, crude, and uncouth!".

My one shot at musical fame. Of course, he and a lot of other US artists got pushed off the radio and lost album sales because the Beatles and the general Brit Invasion.

I'd forgotten that the Moody Blues were as early as the Stones and released this in 1965...

#20 | Posted by Corky at 2021-11-06 10:57 PM | Reply

What a classic song of the South about murdering strangers who interfere with your drug operation.
Things haven't changed much.

#21 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2021-11-07 12:25 PM | Reply

Another favorite banjo tune, Alan Munde with his melodic style playing:

"The No Yet Title Blues"

#22 | Posted by shane at 2021-11-08 09:17 AM | Reply

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