Phil Ryan Osborne never made a commercial recording in his life, but he built his career performing in bars, lounges and restaurants around Arizona, where he enjoyed a reputation as a top-notch performer. He reportedly refused recording and publishing contracts in favor of staying near his family and working the local circuit. (One daughter, Rene, later became an early member of the punk band L7). Osborne was a versatile musician who performed honky-tonk, traditional country, country-jazz, rockabilly and pop material, and his original compositions were similarly varied. Following his death on Oct. 20, 1993, Osborne's son selected a sampling of his father's 1950's demos, acetates and live recordings and compiled them on a CD, the Phil Ryan Osborne Memorial Album, which was made available in a limited edition. Born in St. Louis on June 7, 1918, Osborne travelled the country by jumping trains during the Depression years, playing his original songs along the way. In 1935 he won an amateur talent contest performing on mandolin and mouth harp. Throughout the '50s and into the '60s, he continued with a regular performance schedule in Arizona and appeared on Pheonix radio. The entirety of his recording legacy, primarily from the early-to-mid '50s, consists of eight acetate demos, live recordings, and home recordings of other non-commercial sessions, many with full group backing. Although purely a regional phenomenon, some of Osborne's originals were excellent, and it seems possible that he could have found success as a national recording artist and/or songwriter had he been so inclined. ~ Greg Adams, Rovi