Interview with Sonny Osborne, June 4, 2009

Project: Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

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.

Interview Accession

2017oh206_ibmm030

Interviewee Name

Sonny Osborne

Interviewer Name

Tom Riggs

Interview Date

2009-06-04

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Osborne, Sonny Interview by Tom Riggs. 04 Jun. 2009. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Osborne, S. (2009, June 04). Interview by T. Riggs. Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Osborne, Sonny, interview by Tom Riggs. June 04, 2009, Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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