The Osborne Brothers

John Byrne Cooke


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The Osborne Brothers

Club 47 Mt. Auburn, Cambridge, Mass., 1963

Sonny Osborne (banjo) played with Bill Monroe and Bobby (mandolin) played with the Stanley Brothers before Sonny and Bobby formed their own band in 1953. Bobby's nimble and fluid mandolin style set a new standard for the instrument and Sonny was one of the few bluegrass banjo pickers besides Earl Scruggs who could play slow as smoothly as he played fast.

Three-part harmony Mandolin workshop