Stylishly dressed in a white suit, purple shirt, and his trademark fedora, Bluegrass Hall Of Fame member Bobby Osborne stood on the famous circle of wood on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Surrounded by his Rocky Top X-Press band that is now comprised of his three sons—Bobby, Jr., aka “BOJ” (bass), Robby Osborne (drums), Wynn Osborne (banjo)—as well as Buddy Griffin (fiddle) and Joe Miller (guitar), the bluegrass icon looked into the faces of adoring fans. On this warm August 2nd night, he’s ready to hit that first piercingly high-tenor note to kick off his signature smash hit “Ruby.” It was that same song that Osborne performed alongside his now-retired brother, Sonny, on the famous duo’s debut as Opry members on August 8, 1964.
“I was pretty shaky that first time I went on that stage,” Osborne told the intimate gathering of friends, family, and fellow musicians backstage following his fiftieth anniversary performance. “But tonight, I thought, ‘Boy, this ain’t no time to get scared now,’” he added, evoking the partiers to roaring laughter.
“The Osborne Brothers really were bluegrass music genre-defining pioneers,” said Opry Entertainment President Steve Buchanan during his on-stage presentation of a gold watch commemorating the special occasion. “They are innovators and truly have contributed greatly to American music.” Read entire article »