Ozaki Brothers

Title

Ozaki Brothers

Subject

Music--History and criticism.
Bluegrass music.
Bluegrass music--History and criticism.
Bluegrass musicians
Bluegrass music--1951-1960.
Japan

Description

This interview with Yasushi Ozaki, Tatsuo Arita and Husashi Ozaki begins with a discussion of when and where they were born, as well as a description of what attracted each of them to play country music, which was atypical in Japan. They talk about their musical influences, as well as making homemade instruments on which to play country music.
Next, the Ozaki brothers and Arita talk about their band, the East Mountain Boys. They talk about performing and discuss how much they were paid for a session. Arita then talks about his 1960 trip to the United States, where he promoted the East Mountain Boys’ record. The Ozaki brothers then talk about trips they made to the United States in 1960 and 1967. The Ozaki Brothers talk about dissolving the East Mountain Boys to focus on their business careers and marriages. They also talk about the second generation of Bluegrass fans and musicians in Japan, who began several music festivals. Next, Arita talks about the first Japanese musicians to come to the United States.

The Ozaki Brothers and Arita discuss retiring from their business careers and taking up professional music once again. Arita then tells an anecdote involving Buster Pack, who met one of the group's musicians, Dan Sano. They also talk about their experiences living in and visiting the United States. Finally, the trio give their thoughts about how Bluegrass music has affected their lives.

Format

video

Identifier

2017oh210_ibmm034

Interviewer

Fred Bartenstein

Interviewee

Ozaki brothers

Interview Keyword

Music--History and criticism.
Bluegrass music.
Bluegrass music--History and criticism.
Bluegrass musicians
Bluegrass music--1951-1960.
Ozaki Brothers, the (Artist)
East Mountain Boys (Artist)
Japan

Files

ozaki_Still031.jpg


Citation

“Ozaki Brothers,” Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, accessed May 24, 2019, https://nunncenter.net/bluegrass/items/show/24.