The SD Friends of Traditional Music presents "Susan Osborn and Friends: A Musical Reunion" on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. at Gayville Hall in Gayville.
Osborn is an international star from Orcas Island, Washington, who cut her musical teeth in the 1970s in the South Dakota bands Blueberry Buckle, Rosewater, and Red Willow.
The concert reunites her with several accomplished bandmates from those bands – Kenny Putnam, Boyd Bristow, and Eddie Dunn – in addition to her longtime friend, guitarist Bill Lauf of Connecticut.
Osborn's rise to stardom began after she left South Dakota for New York City, where she became the lead singer of the Paul Winter Consort from 1978 to 1985, recording acclaimed albums and touring extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
In 1991, she traveled as a solo artist to Japan, where she became a star after recording an album of Japanese folk melodies with English lyrics that won the Japanese equivalent of the Grammy award. She has made over fifty trips to Japan, was the subject of a two-hour Japanese TV special about her life, and has recorded a dozen more recordings for the Japanese market, including CDs of songs from Disney films and love songs from the 1960s, as well as a "best of Susan Osborn" CD.
Osborn has performed at the United Nations, the Winter Olympics, the Berlin Wall, and in The Hague, Kyoto, Hiroshima and post-9/11 New York at memorial and peace ceremonies. She performed with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops Orchestra, with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and has been heard in Toyota commercials and on film soundtracks.
Fiddler Kenny Putnam of Rapid City was a member of the Red Willow Band for six years and later toured and recorded with Roy Clark for over seven years, appearing on The Grand Ol' Opry, on TV's Hee Haw regularly, and on The Tonight Show and many other programs. He has performed in 48 states, Canada, Bulgaria and the Soviet Union.
Boyd Bristow is a member of East of Westreville today but was a member of Blueberry Buckle when the band invited Osborn to join them in Sioux Falls in 1972 after she sang a few tunes with the band at a gig in Ames, IA. The rest is history. Bristow organized The Travelin' Band in Nashville in the 1980s, which covered the nation with Nashville singers on tour.
Bass player Eddie Dunn of Sioux City performs with the Eddie Dunn Trio, spins jazz records on KWIT radio in Sioux City, and played with the legendary South Dakota rock band Dry Mustard in the 1970s.
Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington St. in Gayville. Call the Gayville Hall box office at (605) 267-2859 for ticket information.