Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir (Music in American Life) by Josh Graves

By Josh Graves

A pivotal member of the highly winning bluegrass band Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, Dobro pioneer Josh Graves (1927-2006) used to be a residing hyperlink among bluegrass song and the blues. In Bluegrass Bluesman, this influential performer stocks the tale of his lifelong profession in music.

In energetic anecdotes, Graves describes his upbringing in East Tennessee and the weather during which bluegrass track emerged in the course of the Forties. Deeply stimulated via the blues, he tailored Earl Scruggs's progressive banjo variety to the Dobro resonator slide guitar and gave the Foggy Mountain Boys their unique sound. Graves' debts of way of life at the highway in the course of the Fifties and Sixties show the band's commitment to musical excellence, Scruggs' management, and a frequently grueling lifestyles at the street. He additionally reviews on his later profession while he performed in Lester Flatt's Nashville Grass and the Earl Scruggs Revue and collaborated with the likes of Boz Scaggs, Charlie McCoy, Kenny Baker, Eddie Adcock, Jesse McReynolds, Marty Stuart, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, and his 3 musical sons. a colourful storyteller, Graves brings to lifestyles the area of an American troubadour and the mountain tradition that he by no means left behind.

Born in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, Josh Graves (1927-2006) is universally stated because the father of the bluegrass Dobro. In 1997 he was once inducted into the Bluegrass corridor of reputation.

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Beer joints” is what I called them. There’d be a big fight start, and you had to have some protection. If you go up through there and you look, you’ll find out it’s still that way in them coal camps. You take a bunch of them old boys, they get paid maybe every two weeks, and you just happen to be in that place at the time, they’re going to have them a ball. First thing you know there’ll be a fight break out, and you’re right in the middle of it. You’re innocent as you can be, but not when them bottles come flying.

He kept us working every day. Well, Louise 38 Chapter 4 is sharp as a tack, and he taught her every tactic that he knew. All that time he was out hurt, he was teaching her. V The Grand Ole Opry I never wanted to come to the Opry. That was the last thing in my mind. I always worked up north or up the east coast from Knoxville, and I would have never come to this town with anybody else besides Flatt and Scruggs. I’ve seen guys who would give you their car to get on the Grand Ole Opry, just to say they’d been there one time.

We had three radio programs then, and we worked shows every night. They started me off at $35 a week, which was a gold mine for a kid. I didn’t own a car until I was thirty-three, but I’d walk around with a roll in my pocket. I played Dobro, guitar, mandolin, and some bass. Man, I even used to fiddle some. I got into a fiddle contest in Lexington, Kentucky, around 1949 using a borrowed fiddle. Old-time fiddlers Carl Story and Clayton “Pappy” McMichen were there, and I won it. I told Pappy that I didn’t feel right taking the prize as I knew I couldn’t beat him.

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