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Bluegrass Legend Bobby Osborne Returns with Second Rounder Solo Album, Bluegrass Melodies

By Mandolin Cafe
July 11, 2007 - 11:00 am

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Bobby Osborne - Bluegrass Melodies

Bobby Osborne - Bluegrass Melodies

Burlington, Mass. — On July 10, Rounder Records proudly released Bluegrass Melodies—the label's second solo album from legendary singer and mandolin player Bobby Osborne.

Fresh on the heels of his triumphant Rounder debut Try a Little Kindness, Bobby Osborne and his Rocky Top X-Press return with twelve exhilarating new tracks that find the veteran innovator at the peak of his vocal and instrumental powers.

"If ever there was a man who's earned the right to stand back and sign off on his accomplishments it would be Bobby. But it is that new fire that burns within him, and the 'new songs' that I find so compelling. That fire continues to run throughout each and every song on this record. — From the liner notes by Marty Stuart.

Produced by Osborne and fiddling wiz Glen Duncan, Bluegrass Melodies features a mix of soaring bluegrass covers plus three Bobby Osborne originals. Three-time Grammy® nominee and label mate Rhonda Vincent also joins Osborne on a soulful rendition of Vince Gill's "Go Rest High On That Mountain."

The release of Bluegrass Melodies is part of an exciting new journey for the 75-year old Osborne, who enjoyed a remarkable fifty-year career with brother Sonny Osborne as the world-renowned Osborne Brothers. Bobby Osborne's incomparable tenor, nimble mandolin playing, and unerring ear for fresh material and ingenious arrangements have put him among the most influential figures in the creation of contemporary bluegrass. With Try A Little Kindness, Osborne won over numerous critics with his "first rate" (MOJO) singing and mandolin-picking. Bluegrass Unlimited called him "one of the industry's most talented vocalists. "There's plenty of good music left in Bobby Osborne," said No Depression. in 2006, Osborne received his first Grammy® nomination as a solo artist in the category of "Best Country Collabration with Vocals" for his singing with Rhonda Vincent on "Midnight Angel" from Vincent's Rounder album, All Bluegrass Girl.

Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press are currently on tour and are scheduled to perform at bluegrass festivals nationwide this summer and fall.

What Kind of Fool
Bluegrass Melodies
Music Makin' Man
Color Me Lonely
I Would Like To See You Again
Under a Lonesome Moon
I'll Take a Chance
Lonesome River
Thank God I'm A Country Boy
Lucky Lane Shuffle
Are You Afraid To Speak Our Savior's Name
Go Rest High On That Mountain (with Rhonda Vincent)

Genre: Bluegrass
Label: Rounder Records
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Released: July 10, 2007
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