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Lawson, Osborne Inducted Into Ancient Order of the Mandolin

By Bradl Laird
January 5, 2011 - 3:00 pm

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Top, L-R: Lee Peek, Doyle Lawson, Brad Laird. Bottom, L-R: Brad Laird, Bobby Osborne, Lee Peek

Top, L-R: Lee Peek, Doyle Lawson, Brad Laird. Bottom, L-R: Brad Laird, Bobby Osborne, Lee Peek

Editor's note: we were previously unaware of the existence of the Ancient Order of Mandolin, but now that we know, where can one get a ballcap with the Order's logo?

Jekyll Island, Ga. — Over the New Year's holiday, representatives of the Ancient Order of the Mandolin inducted two new Honorary Members into the A.O.M. Hall of Honor. The recipients of this award were Doyle Lawson and Bobby Osborne.

On Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, on stage at the 35th Annual Jekyll Island Bluegrass Festival, Doyle Lawson was publicly recognized for his musical achievements when he was awarded Honorary Membership in the Ancient Order of the Mandolin.

Doyle is best known as an accomplished mandolin player, vocalist, producer, and leader of the 5-man group Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Doyle began his career as a banjo player with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. He played mandolin for J.D. Crowe and the Country Gentlemen before launching his own band, Foxfire, which preceded Quicksilver. He is also well known for his mandolin contributions to a group of albums known as the "Bluegrass Album Band" series.

On the following day, Saturday, January 1, 2011, Bobby Osborne was also publicly recognized for his musical achievements when he was made an Honorary Member of the Order. The presentation was made on stage at the 35th Annual Jekyll Island Bluegrass Festival.

Born December 7, 1931 in Leslie County, Kentucky, Bobby Osborne is known primarily for his collaborations with his brother Sonny Osborne in their band, the Osborne Brothers. He was a pioneer in conceiving the now-popular "high lead" vocal trio concept. He has released numerous recordings since the 1950s. Most notably, the Osborne Brothers recordings of Rocky Top, and Kentucky inspired their being named official state songs of Tennessee and Kentucky, respectively.

These two renowned mandolinists join an exclusive group of six prior recipients of this honor: Bill Monroe, Jethro Burns, Jess McReynolds, Lloyd Loar, David Grisman, and John Duffey.

The purpose of The Ancient Order of the Mandolin is to promote the brotherhood and friendship of players of the mandolin and mandolin related instruments worldwide, to honor and recognize the contributions of notable figures to the mandolin arts, and to preserve the traditions of the Ancient Order of the Mandolin.

Additional information:
AOM Home Page
Bobby Osborne AOM Hall of Honor page
Doyle Lawson AOM Hall of Honor page
Complete Honorary Member List

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Scott Tichenor
January 05, 2011 03:02 PM
Who knew???
JeffD
January 05, 2011 03:14 PM
Way cool. Their motto is "Primoris levamentum, tunc celeritas" which means, First comfort, then speed.
Mike Romkey
January 05, 2011 03:17 PM
Well ... raise my rent. It sounds like a wonderful organization. I just hope this isn't all supposed to be secret.
Gerry Cassidy
January 05, 2011 03:39 PM
Edit: Not interested in contributing...
hank
January 05, 2011 04:19 PM
I had an uncle that was a Mason and my father in law was a member of The Odd Fellows. I'm not sure if they were inducted or invited into those groups. Anyway kind of cool but IMO their emblem needs work.
Mike Romkey
January 07, 2011 06:37 PM
I see mysterious mando-masonic icons now appear on the home page of this e-publication, similar to ones on the back of the new holographic $1,000,000 bills. The influence of the Exalted Camel of the Mystic F Hole is suddenly felt throughout the land...
bradlaird
January 08, 2011 08:11 AM
Quote from Mike Romkey: I see mysterious mando-masonic icons now appear on the home page of this e-publication, similar to ones on the back of the new holographic $1,000,000 bills. The influence of the Exalted Camel of the Mystic F Hole is suddenly felt throughout the land... End Quote

Exalted Camel of the Mystic F Hole! haha Someone who thinks my way!
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