BUTCH OSBORNE

Butch has been playing with Johnny Staats for 25 years, first with "Fazt Brake" then with "Crossroads" where the band won first place in the band competition at Winter Hawk, New York... and now his longest run with "The Delivery Boys."

 

Butch started playing the banjo at the age of 12. His first influence was Earl Scruggs and Alan Munde and as he advanced he started listening to Béla Fleck, Alison Brown, Scott Vestal, and Tony Trischka.

 

Osborne plays various styles but likes the progressive end of the spectrum with tunes like Swing 42, Minor Swing, Memories of Mozart and other various Jazz and Classical tunes.

 

Butch has won the West Virginia State Banjo Competition several times; at MerleFest and many other wins with a total of 62 first place trophies. He completed his first CD in 2007 titled "All of Me" featuring the banjo but with some pretty fancy stuff from Johnny Staats on mandolin, Robert Shafer on guitar and Roger Bush on percussion.

 

Butch teaches advanced banjo from his home in Parkersburg, West Virginia.