HYDEN — The premiere Bluegrass event in the mountains, the Osborne Brothers Hometown Festival, is celebrating its 20th anniversary and we’re doing it with some of the finest musicians on the planet.
The festival opens Thursday, Aug. 1, with talent including Margie Sullivan and the Sullivan Family, IIIrd Time Out and Ralph Stanley II.
Margie Sullivan and the Sullivan Family have been touring the world and singing Bluegrass Gospel for over 60 years.
Led by the International Bluegrass Music Association’s five-time “Male Vocalist Of The Year,” Russell Moore, and IIIrd Tyme Out have walked away with IBMA’s “Vocal Group Of The Year” award seven consecutive years. In total, the band has garnered over 50 industry awards since their inception in 1991.
And Stanley, or “Two,” has played to adoring fans around the globe as part of The Clinch Mountain Boys and as a headlining solo act.
These artists and more will be onstage Thursday night only at The Osborne Brothers Hometown Festival.
Friday features nonstop Bluegrass as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Marty Raybon, and Bobby Osborne and The Rocky Top XPress headline an all-day event.
Doyle Lawson, a 2012 inductee into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, will light up the stage with his mandolin skills.
Marty Raybon, former lead singer of the band Shenandoah, brings his amazing vocal talents to Hyden for the first time.
And the festival’s patriarch, Bobby Osborne, tops off the night with his trademark tenor vocals and blistering mandolin riffs.
Saturday features another day of wall-to-wall music, lead by The Lonesome River Band, The Moron Brothers, Col. Hugh X. Lewis, The Curtis Burch Band, The Dean Osborne Band and Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top XPress.
For 30 years, The Lonesome River Band have dazzled audiences with their harmonies and instrumentals. Recently, band member Sammy Shelor was the recipient of Steve Martin’s excellence in bluegrass and banjo award. Shelor was presented with the award on the Late Show with David Letterman.
The Moron Brothers bring their unique brand of Bluegrass and comedy to the stage.
A Leslie County native, Col. Hugh has done everything from music to movies and has a song and story for everyone.
Muliti-Grammy winner and founding member of the New Grass Revival, Curtis Burch is one of the most accomplished musicians playing today.
Dean Osborne, director of the School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music, and his band deliver their soulful brand of Bluegrass.
And Bobby Osborne will once again close out the night, playing hits like “Rocky Top” and “Ruby.”
Also scheduled to appear are James Jones, Tanner Horton & Friends, Mountain Connection, The Yerkes Singers, Sharon Morris, Coaltown DIxie, Wendy Miller & Country Grass. Crossroads, Idletymes, Southland Drive, Ramblin Grass, Salt Creek, A “Showcase of Students” from the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music, and Good Ground.
The festival began 20 years ago as way to raise funds for Leslie County volunteer fire departments, a tradition that continues to this day. And over the course of the festival, thousands of dollars have been raised to serve the people in this region.
Tickets are currently on sale from all Leslie County VFD and at any Hyden Citizens Bank location.