Roanoke/Fincastle 1966  © Fred Robbins (Page 3 of 4)   

Bob Osborne, Bill Monroe, John Duffey, Ronnie Reno,
(Sonny Osborne on stage, Charlie Waller far right)

Ronnie Reno, David Grisman, Bob Osborne, Bill Monroe,
John Duffey (hidden), Peter Rowan

Sonny Osborne

2004 Email from Sonny Osborne
These pictures are just so good, I can't explain to you the memories they bring back.
I remember almost every one of them, and especially love the Don Reno picture, and the
Benny Martin shot is a classic. Benny loved the fiddle so much and this picture shows that.
I don't know if you realize but this was the first festival we played. We couldn't make
the 1965 Fincastle show and I guess this is why these pictures are so important.
These are historic.

2014 Email from Sonny
Fred, I know what happened with the mis print of that 1965 poster.
In 1963 we played Luray VA at a fair or carnival in which Carlton Haney
had booked for us. (We were paid $150) After the show we had dinner and
he told us about an idea he had for doing a festival where all Bluegrass
bands would be there. He asked if we thought it would work. I told him
I liked the idea and he could count us in. For several reasons I actually
never dreamed he could pull it off, but if he did we wanted to be part of
the thing. So time passed and no more was said about it and in 1965
Gordon Cash came to work with us. So when Carlton actually got the thing
together he put our name on the poster, along with Gordon Cash, assuming
we would be true to our word, which I would have done but we were contracted
to be in Texas and could not change it. By the time the 66 festival came around,
Dale Sledd had assumed the vacancy left by Mr. Cash.
But we certainly made it in 66.

Bobby Osborne, Sonny Osborne, Dale Sledd, Ronnie Reno

Kenny Baker, Bill Monroe, Sonny Osborne, Bobby Osborne


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