Bobby Osborne To Receive Honorary Degree
April 7, 2010 at 6:41 AM (PT)
Bluegrass artist BOBBY OSBORNE will receive an honorary Associate Degree in Humane Letters from the KENTUCKY SCHOOL OF BLUEGRASS AND TRADITIONAL MUSIC for his bluegrass music contributions and his work as an adjunct faculty member at HAZARD COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE. OSBORNE, who is 78, will be honored during a graduation ceremony of MAY 15th at THE FORUM in HAZARD. It is the first time the school has presented such an honorary degree.
KSBTM Director DEAN OSBORNE said: “BOBBY OSBORNE has been a member of the GRAND OLE OPRY since 1964, has performed at the WHITE HOUSE as well as all 50 states and many foreign countries. He is internationally known as a master vocalist and mandolin player, but this honor recognizes his contribution to education and to the preservation of bluegrass. I say that because BOBBY OSBORNE has put his heart and soul into our music school.”
BOBBY was the first artist to record what would later become the TENNESSEE state song and the most recorded song in bluegrass history, “Rocky Top.” He was named to the INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC HALL OF HONOR in 1994 and the KENTUCKY MUSIC HALL OF FAME in 2002. Most recently, BOBBY was honored in 2009 with his second induction into the IBMA'S HALL OF HONOR as a member of the legendary LONESOME PINE FIDDLERS. In 2005, BOBBY became a solo artist launching his band THE ROCKY TOP X-PRESS.