“Hard Times”: Working Man’s Blue(gras)s

The Osbourne Brothers point the way forward on 1967‘s Modern Sounds of Bluegrass.

Osborne Brothers LP

“Hard Times” – a working man’s blues dressed in modern bluegrass threads – speaks directly to the classic struggle between labor and management:

Hard Times – The Osborne Brothers

[Pssst:  Click the triangle above to play “Hard Times” by The Osborne Brothers.]

“Hard Times,” the A-side of a 45 (b/w “World of Unwanted”) released in June of 1966,   was written by Aaron “Double A” Allan — inveterate songwriter, radio personality and a longtime MC of Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnics.

Hard Times 45 on Decca