Sonny Osborne

Title

Sonny Osborne

Subject

Radio programs.
Radio stations.
Family farms.
Traditional farming
Country life
Rural conditions
Musical ability.
Musical families
Music--Instruction and study.
Bands (Music)
Bluegrass musicians
Musical instruments.
Musical groups.
Childhood
Rural children
Sound recordings.
Sound studios
Sound--Recording and reproducing
Musical performance
Music--Performance.
Bluegrass music.
Records.

Description

Sonny Osborne describes his childhood home in Thousandsticks, near Hyden, Kentucky and tells several stories about his family demonstrating their rural lifestyle. He discusses his brother Bobby's early interest in music and how he himself became interested in learning to play the banjo. Throughout the interview he describes various parts of their career from his work with Bill Monroe at age fourteen; their work with Jimmy Martin; their work in Wheeling, Knoxville, and Nashville; recording various albums; and their signing with the Wil-Helm Talent Agency which led to their membership on the Grand Ole Opry. He discusses the reasons he and Bobby added electric instruments to their band and began to incorporate a country sound. Throughout the interview, he mentions various musicians he worked with, as well as those who became his friends.

Format

video

Identifier

2017oh206_ibmm030

Interviewer

Tom Riggs

Interviewee

Sonny Osborne

Interview Keyword

High school football
Thousandsticks (Ky.)
Osborne, Bobby (Artist)
Bobby Osborne (Artist)
Martin, Jimmy (Artist)
Jimmy Martin (Artist)
Wheeling (W. Va.)
Dayton (Ohio)
Wheeling Jamboree (Radio program)
Nashville (Tenn.)
Wil-Helm Talent Agency
Monroe, Bill (Artist)
Bill Monroe (Artist)
Walker, Cas
Cas Walker
Grand Ole Opry
Donald Eugene Lytle
Lytle, Donald Eugene
Johnny Paycheck
Families.
Hyden (Ky.)
Alcohol
Amphetamines

Files

sosbourne_Still027.jpg


Citation

“Sonny Osborne,” Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, accessed August 25, 2019, https://nunncenter.net/bluegrass/items/show/20.