Two of the most influential names in bluegrass music history will grace the stage at Lexington’s historic Lyric Theater tonight. Noted artists Bobby Osborne and Larry Sparks are both celebrating 50 years of good ol’ fashioned pickin’ bluegrass, and will appear in concert together this evening in Lexington with live streaming available online with the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour.
Bobby Osborne is famous for his part of the legendary Osborne Brothers, who recorded one of the most popular songs in American music history, “Rocky Top,” which has since become the unofficial fight song of the University of Tennessee (much to our chagrin). Osborne was born in Leslie County, Kentucky, where he his brother Sonny formed their duo, recording a number of albums since the 1950s. The Osborne Brothers success will have a lasting impact, as their recordings of “Rocky Top” and “Kentucky” were named the official state songs of Tennessee and Kentucky, respectively. Bobby Osborne is currently celebrating his 50th year as a member of the Grand Ole Opry and will be performing with his band, The Rocky Top X-Press.
Larry Sparks is known as the “King of Bluegrass Soul”. Starting his career in the mid-1960s as a guitarist for the Stanley Brothers, Sparks later became the lead vocalist for Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, going on to form his own band in 1969, The Lonesome Ramblers. Sparks has been writing, recording and touring with his band now for over four decades, releasing more than 60 albums. He will mark this, his 50th year in bluegrass music, with a brand new album which he will feature on stage tonight.
The show tonight kicks off at 6:45 PM. For ticket and viewing information, call the Lyric Box Office at (859) 280-2218, or visit Woodsongs website at http://www.woodsongs.com.