OSBORNE BROTHERS 'Hyden'
The Osbornes have a successful record here, the first of what promises to be an interesting and original 4-album concept that will document their career from their childhood in Hyden, Kentucky to the Grand Ole Opry. This first volume starts with a version of RUBY, one of their classics and the first song they recorded for MGM as well as the first they sang on the Opry. A neat feature of this initial cut is that it captures and incorporates the clawhammer banjo of their father, Robert. The album is a nice combination of new thematic songs worked in with some old favorites that Sonny & Bob—like many others of the day—grew up with (PICTURE ON THE WALL, GREAT SPECKLED BIRD, LITTLE CABIN HOME ON THE HILL, I’LL JUST PRETEND, THERE’S A STAR SPANGLED BANNER WAVING SOMEWHERE,, and a typical hymn, LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS). Happily, Bobby Osborne is back in fine voice here, much better than on the Osbornes’ last few recordings in which he was showing the effects of serious health problems. A solid and enjoyable album—we’ll be looking forward to the next in this series, which will cover their DAYTON, OHIO years ( Red Allen, etc.). OLD FRIEND OF MINE, GRANDPA’S RADIO, HERO OF THE CREEK, A CHILD AGAIN, THE OLDER HE GOT, SAVIOUR SAVE ME FROM MYSELF.