Beginning his career in 1980, Dean Osborne has had a hand in just about every area of the bluegrass music business. As a bandleader, he and the Eastbound Band were nominated for IBMA emerging artist of the year. As an event producer, his credits include the Red Mule Festival, the J.D. Crowe Bluegrass Festival, and the Osborne Brothers hometown Festival, the latter being nominated for IMBA Event of the Year in 2001. As an instructor, Dean was named the director of the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music in March of 2006, located in Hyden. Dean and his wife Sarah are the proud parents of son Jesse and daughter Royce.
In the world of acoustic music, the name Bobby Osborne is synonymous with the terms legend," "nationally renowned vocalist," and "master mandolin stylist." As a 50-year member of the Osborne Brothers, the Hyden, Kentucky native became the first bluegrass artist to perform on a college campus as well as the first to sing at the White House. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1964, Bobby was also the first to record what would later become the Tennessee state song and the MOST recorded song in bluegrass history, Rocky Top. In 2005, Bobby became a solo artist launching his band, the Rocky Top X-Press. Most recently, a 2007 Grammy nomination adds one more reason fans and critics the world over consider him the greatest bluegrass singer in history! His latest release on Rounder Records is entitled Bluegrass Melodies.
J.P. Mathes was born in Elizabethton, TN and began playing banjo while he was in middle school. While attending high school he was allowed to join the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Program. He continued on with ETSU receiving both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. As a student he performed all over the United States and the world spreading bluegrass music. Performance highlights include; the Smithsonian Folk Festival, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, NATO Headquarters in Brussels Belgium, and seven tours of Japan. J.P. Mathes was also the graduate assistant for the ETSU Bluegrass program handling scheduling ensembles and teaching banjo. In 2006-2007 he was named adjunct instructor at ETSU and taught ensemble, banjo, group guitar, and bluegrass seminar. He is currently performing with the International Bluegrass Group called the Last Frontier which tours both in the United States and Japan.