Sonny Osborne


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Birth Date
Deceased Date
Job Title
Musician, Banjoist

Sonny Osborne and his brother Bobby created one of the most powerful bluegrass sounds of their generation. The Osborne Brothers were powerful in popularity because of their influence as well as their technique, which was not necessarily hard driving, but creative and flowing. They began recording together on a Kitty Wells song back in 1948 and over the years began releasing their own albums. In recent years Sonny introduced his own line of banjos called The Chief. He had often said, “I'm not in the banjo building business, nor am I trying to make a living selling banjos. The idea was to build a great banjo.”