Dean Osborne

Dean Osborne

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.

Bobbys Osborne

Bobby Osborne

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.

JP Mathes

J.P. Mathes II

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.

Scott Napier KSBTM Instructor

Scott Napier

Scott Napier has been a Professional Musician since 1996 touting two decades of experience. He's toured extensively throughout the United States and in countries such as Japan, Israel, and Canada. He is an accomplished mandolin and guitar player, as well as a traditional music composer and songwriter, having written dozens of songs to date. Scott has extensive intrumental and vocal recording experience in the studio, with numerous award-winning bluegrass and traditional music artists. Scott has performed with bluegrass award winning groups such as Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Bobby Osborne, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, The Whites, and more. He has released a nationally acclaimed solo mandolin project, and will soon release a instructional DVD for the mandolin. Scott has performed and taught mandolin on a Bluegrass Caribbean Cruise, at a 4th of July Celebration at the Washington Monument, A Prairie Home Companion radio program, and a major motion picture sound track recording. He is still a regular invitee to the International Bluegrass Music Award Conference to speak, perform and instruct on the mandolin, and is a private mandolin and guitar instructor for bluegrass workshops, music composition workshop instructor. Currently Scott is a band member with the international performing group Lost and Found, a group which has been successful on the bluegrass and traditional music circuit for over 40 years.