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Osbornes with Sonny doning a classic Scruggs break and back-up

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Sep 6, 2020 - 4:28:43 AM
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5739 posts since 10/13/2007

Here is a beautifully done song by the Osbornes and Sonny's break is classic Scruggs as is his first backup.https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=48&v=NWwwaWhxaYs

And he and his stelling sonflower sounded great.

ken

Edited by - From Greylock to Bean Blossom on 09/06/2020 04:29:45

Sep 6, 2020 - 6:03:10 AM

244 posts since 3/30/2010

Did I read somewhere, that at one time Sonny had a luthier travel with them and Re-set his banjo up before A show? I could be wrong. My memory never was too good.

Sep 6, 2020 - 8:00:42 AM
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3498 posts since 3/28/2008

I've never heard anything quite like those slides and bends around 1:28!

Sep 6, 2020 - 8:55 AM

3330 posts since 5/29/2011

quote:
Originally posted by barrybush

Did I read somewhere, that at one time Sonny had a luthier travel with them and Re-set his banjo up before A show? I could be wrong. My memory never was too good.


If that was the case I certainly never heard about it. I always thought Sonny did his own set up work.

Sep 6, 2020 - 10:10:40 AM

5739 posts since 10/13/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Ira Gitlin

I've never heard anything quite like those slides and bends around 1:28!


Ira,

Do you think he had been playing that combination of licks or do you think he just did it at the time? And how could Bobby not look over when he heard that backup?

Ken

Edited by - From Greylock to Bean Blossom on 09/06/2020 10:11:42

Sep 6, 2020 - 10:24:57 AM

3498 posts since 3/28/2008

I don't know. And I don't know.

;^)

Sep 6, 2020 - 11:03 AM

5739 posts since 10/13/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Ira Gitlin

I don't know. And I don't know.

;^)


laugh

It may be a question for ask sonny.Hope he gets to feeling better soon.

Edited by - From Greylock to Bean Blossom on 09/06/2020 11:03:49

Sep 6, 2020 - 11:05:20 AM
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6729 posts since 8/30/2004

Sonny adored Earl and learned and played a lot of Earl's licks but he always did it his own inventive way; not to mention he did a lot of his own licks too. My Brother Derek and I talked to Sonny many times. He was great, smart and fun to be with. Sonny had a lot of "strut" in his stuff" laugh
Bobby could also play banjo so I'm sure he knew what Sonny was doing at all times...Jack
 
Originally posted by From Greylock to Bean Blossom
quote:
Originally posted by Ira Gitlin

I've never heard anything quite like those slides and bends around 1:28!


Ira,

Do you think he had been playing that combination of licks or do you think he just did it at the time? And how could Bobby not look over when he heard that backup?

Ken


Edited by - Jack Baker on 09/06/2020 11:07:39

Sep 6, 2020 - 11:25:18 AM

5739 posts since 10/13/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Jack Baker
Sonny adored Earl and learned and played a lot of Earl's licks but he always did it his own inventive way; not to mention he did a lot of his own licks too. My Brother Derek and I talked to Sonny many times. He was great, smart and fun to be with. Sonny had a lot of "strut" in his stuff" laugh
Bobby could also play banjo so I'm sure he knew what Sonny was doing at all times...Jack
 
Originally posted by From Greylock to Bean Blossom
quote:
Originally posted by Ira Gitlin

I've never heard anything quite like those slides and bends around 1:28!


Ira,

Do you think he had been playing that combination of licks or do you think he just did it at the time? And how could Bobby not look over when he heard that backup?

Ken


 


yes

Edited by - From Greylock to Bean Blossom on 09/06/2020 11:26:16

Sep 7, 2020 - 4:32:45 AM
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3649 posts since 12/6/2009

If I were to pick a comparison Osborne brothers with Flatt and Scruggs it would be Little Girl In Tennessee ......that one fooled a lot of "experts" ....I lost a contest question once because of it.......and I cant find it on You Tube.....dang it. And yes I would say Sonny more than most knew Earl inside out.......Best Wishes Sonny for a full recovery....

Sep 7, 2020 - 8:22:51 AM

phb

Germany

2103 posts since 11/8/2010

The backup starting at about 2:26 also catches my attention. It sounds almost like Chuck Berry type rock'n'roll.

Sep 7, 2020 - 10:05:45 AM
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5739 posts since 10/13/2007

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Originally posted by phb

The backup starting at about 2:26 also catches my attention. It sounds almost like Chuck Berry type rock'n'roll.


laughYeah, I heard that little back and forth lick and wondered where he came up with that from. His back up was always soooo interesting! One year at bean blossom I told him how much I enjoyed hearing him play back up and he said. " uh if i had known somebody was listening I  would really have played some."laughWhat an artist!!!!

Sep 7, 2020 - 10:39:06 AM
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2692 posts since 11/15/2003

Sonny was his own stylist when it came to his backup, during those first few years after he got the Granada, his back up really expanded..the Granada made him hear things, and brought licks out of him,
And great instruments will do that...that is if the ability is there

Sonny had the influence of hearing some of the best pickers in country music...electric guitar and steel guitar players

Sonny..in my opinion is and was the most innovative in back up banjo..even more than earl and jd..and his tone was better...it never faltered..

Sonny like to push boundaries of what was considered normal, or proper in banjo...that was what hooked me,

There is a solid hardness to the tone he pulled from that stelling that in my opnion,stands shoulder to shoulder with his Granada,

He just feels the banjo in a way that I've never heard other banjo pickers Express quite the way he did it

True genius in expressive playing.

Warp!

Sep 7, 2020 - 11:32:31 AM

6729 posts since 8/30/2004

Right on most counts BUT! Sonny did not have a better tone than Earl, just played on a different banjo. Sonny did invent a backup style of his own I must and have admitted earlier cheeky....Jack

Edited by - Jack Baker on 09/07/2020 11:34:42

Sep 7, 2020 - 11:59:25 AM

5739 posts since 10/13/2007

quote:
Originally posted by barrybush

Did I read somewhere, that at one time Sonny had a luthier travel with them and Re-set his banjo up before A show? I could be wrong. My memory never was too good.


Barry,

good to hear from you again . Long time buddy.

ken

Sep 7, 2020 - 4:06:49 PM

6729 posts since 8/30/2004

Back then, I'd be surprised if they payed a luthier to travel with them. More like a band member who knew how to fix stuff...Just a guess of course...Jacj

Sep 8, 2020 - 9:30:19 AM

chuckv97

Canada

52723 posts since 10/5/2013

I think I remember reading that Geoff Stelling was around a Sonny quite a bit after he made the Sonflower for him. Don’t know how many gigs he traveled to though.

Sep 8, 2020 - 11:45:49 AM

244 posts since 3/30/2010

I think the article did mention Geoff.

Sep 8, 2020 - 10:30:41 PM

27 posts since 7/22/2012

I sure enjoy Sonny's Homespun video. Very conversational, relaxing, great music.

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