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Bashful Brother Oswald performs "I Should Tell My Wife I'm Dying"
Oswald began his career as a solo artist and session musician in the 1960s.
He released his self-titled debut album in 1962 on Starday Records. He joined
the Rounder Records label in the 1970s, releasing around a half dozen albums
over the years until his last recording, Carry Me Back, in 1999.
His session work included working with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Will the Circle
Be Unbroken, an album that paid tribute to the old-time, traditional country
musicians of Nashville, Tennessee, and also featured Acuff, Maybelle Carter,
Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis and others. Solo tracks by Kirby on Circle include
"The End of the World" and his own composition, "Sailin' to Hawaii". Oswald was
also present for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's follow-up album, Will the Circle Be
Unbroken: Volume Two in 1989, singing backing vocals on the title track.
Oswald was the sole member of the 1939 Smoky Mountain Boys that still
accompanied Acuff at the time of Acuff's death in 1992. With former Smoky
Mountain Boys bandmate Charlie Collins, Oswald formed the musical comedy
duo "Os and Charlie", which was a fixture at the Opryland theme park and on the
Grand Ole Opry.
He participated in 1994's The Great Dobro Sessions album, featured alongside
such other resonator guitarists as Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas, Josh Graves,
Rob Ickes, Tut Taylor and Gene Wooten.
Gibson Guitar Corporation, owner of the Dobro brand of resonator guitars,
created a "Brother Oswald" signature series Dobro in 1995. The model has
since been retired
Oswald died on October 17, 2002, at his home in Madison, Tennessee, at the
age of 90.