Sonny Osborne was born in the coal-mining mountains of southeastern Kentucky. As a teenager, he recorded and played banjo with Bill Monroe and became the youngest member of a regular Grand Ole Opry band. Sonny and his brother, Bobby, joined musical forces in 1953 and began their climb to bluegrass legend status. The Osborne Brothers have won several prestigious music industry and bluegrass awards, and their recordings - especially "Ruby" and "Rocky Top" - have become bluegrass classics.
They have received four Grammy nominations, were CMA's Vocal Group of the Year and were the first to bring bluegrass to the White House. The Osborne Brothers were inducted into the IBMA Hall of Honors in 1994.