To the Editor,
I hope that this letter finds all of you well and most importantly, safe. As a connoisseur of tastefully-done music of all genres, and also a musician, it been a great privilege of mine to appear on shows as a sideman (aka “hired help”) with a few bluegrass/gospel bands. Part of the fun, in addition to getting to enjoy the beautiful scenery, meet wonderful people, and make my living doing what I love, was getting to hear many of my musical heroes ply their trade superbly.
At the head of the pack of heroes whose music has thrilled the fans and festival-goers to the max, has been Kentucky’s Osborne Brothers. Building a respected name for themselves across the United States, the Osbornes moved up in the ranks, unleashing a string of unforgettable hits such as “Georgia Piney Woods,” “Tennessee Hound Dog,” “Midnight Flyer” and of course I’d be amiss to leave out “Rocky Top.”
Overflowing crowds at their shows have for years resulted in promoters clamoring to get the Osborne Brothers for “their” weekend. Also, the Osbornes’ have been a major draw at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry since the mid-60’s.
Because of these facts, and because of their adept instrumentalism and vocal work, I would like to see the Country Music Hall of Fame induct the Osborne Brothers as soon as possible. After all, if I meet 10 people who know anything about Bluegrass and C/W music, and say “Wish that I was on old Rocky Top”, eight of them will belt out, “down in the Tennessee hills.”
Thanking you for your time, and hoping all the best.
Bobby & Bonnie Hathorn