BLUEGRASS LEGEND BOBBY OSBORNE RELEASES HIS GRASSIFIED VERSION OF MERLE HAGGARD’S “WHITE LINE FEVER” TODAY
Featuring Alison Brown (banjo), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Trey Hensley (guitar, harmony vocals), Sierra Hull (mandolin), Tim O’Brien (harmony vocals) and Todd Phillips (bass)
“The song was a hit for Merle Haggard who cut it in late 1960s with a mid-tempo country feel, but it always seemed to me that it would make a great bluegrass song.”
—Alison Brown (banjo, co-producer)
Bluegrass legend and GRAMMY-nominee Bobby Osborne, known as the voice of “Rocky Top,” releases his grassified version of Merle Haggard’s “White Line Fever” today.
Producer Alison Brown explains the track grew out of a recording session she gave Bobby for his 89th birthday in December. She thought the country classic would make a great bluegrass tune and Osborne was excited to bring his soulful bluegrass vocals to the task. To augment the rearrangement of Haggard’s story of life on the road, Brown and co-producer Garry West asked Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy to craft a new verse reflecting on Osborne’s 60-plus year career and the many white lines under his wheels, both as a member of the iconic Osborne Brothers and as a solo artist.
The Bluegrass Situation is premiering “White Line Fever” today to coincide with the release of the digital single through all digital service providers.