Dobroiste et chanteur Country né Burkett K. Graves, le 27 Septembre 1925 à Tellico Plains (Tennessee). C'est en 1933, que Josh Graves décide de jouer du dobro alors qu'il découvre le son de Cliff Carlisle. Il introduit le dobro dans le Bluegrass alors que Flat & Scruggs l'engagent en 1957. Il y restera 12 ans. Après 1969, Josh participe à d'autres formations comme celles de Earl Scruggs Revue, Charlie McCoy, mais surtout déploie tout son talent dans les studios avec J.J. Cale, Steve Young, Kris Kristofferson ...). "Uncle" Josh Graves est décédé le 30 Septembre 2006 à Nashville (Tennessee).

Uncle Josh Graves revolutionized the role of the Dobro in country and bluegrass. An extraordinarily gifted musician renowned for his rolling syncopated technique and astonishing speed, his seminal recordings as a member of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Boys established the resonator guitar as an essential component of postwar roots music. Born Burkett Graves in Tellico Plains, TN, on September 27, 1927, he first adopted the Dobro in emulation of boyhood hero Cliff Carlisle, a fixture of Jimmie Rodgers' landmark RCA sessions. Graves invented the "Uncle Josh" persona as a teen while working as an announcer for Knoxville radio station WROL, and upon joining the Pierce Brothers in 1942 he served as both a guitarist and comedian. Stints in support of Esco Hankins, Molly O'Day, and Mac Wiseman followed before Graves attracted broad attention backing Stoney Cooper and Wilma Lee on WWVA's weekly Wheeling Jamboree. While a member of Lexington-based WLEX's Kentucky Mountain Barn Dance in 1949, Graves apprenticed under banjo innovator Scruggs, eventually adapting Scruggs' syncopated, three-finger picking style to the Dobro. With his elegant yet bluesy approach, Graves was an invaluable addition to ballads, but it was the uptempo breakdowns where his lyricism and energy shone most brilliantly.
By the time Graves joined Scruggs and partner Lester Flatt full-time in May 1955, a move coinciding with the duo's recent addition to Nashville station WSM's legendary Grand Ole Opry, the Dobro was so much out of favor with country music tastemakers that he was instead installed as the Foggy Mountain Boys' bassist, additionally contributing comedic material to their live performances. Graves nevertheless brought his Dobro on tour and was given his own spotlight number, "Steel Guitar Chimes." The song proved so popular with audiences that Flat and Scruggs hired a new bassist, Joe Stuart, to allow Graves to play resonator guitar full-time. Many country and bluegrass enthusiasts credit the Dobro for reinvigorating Flat and Scruggs' sound, and Graves remained a member of the Foggy Mountain Boys until the band splintered in 1969. He also served as a member of Flatt's subsequent outfit, the traditional bluegrass combo the Nashville Grass, and later tenured with the Earl Scruggs Revue as well. Graves finally mounted a solo career in 1974, releasing his debut LP, Alone at Last, on Epic Records. He also emerged as a much sought-after session musician, contributing to LPs including Kris Kristofferson's Jesus Was a Capricorn, Steve Young's Seven Bridges Road, and J.J. Cale's Really.
In the wake of his fourth headlining effort, 1979's Same Old Blues, Graves shelved his solo career in favor of resuming his sideman career on a full-time basis. In 1984 he partnered with fiddler Kenny Baker, a collaboration that continued on an on-and-off basis for more than two decades. In 1990, they teamed with banjo virtuoso Eddie Adcock and mandolin great Jesse McReynolds as the Masters, winning the International Bluegrass Music Association's award for Instrumental Recording of the Year with their debut LP, Saturday Night Fish Fry. Graves also earned induction into the IBMA's Hall of Honor in 1997. Although he suffered from myriad health problems in the autumn of his life, eventually losing both legs to amputation, Graves continued recording and touring into the 21st century, often performing alongside son Josh Jr., a multi-instrumentalist who previously served as a member of surf-rock hitmakers Ronny & the Daytonas; in 2002, he issued his swan song, Memories of Foggy Mountain, teaming with a new generation of bluegrass pickers including J.D. Crowe and Audrey Haney. Graves died in Nashville on September 30, 2006, just three days past his 79th birthday.

Talents : Dobro, Slide Guitar, Vocals

Style musical : Bluegrass (Josh Graves) (Uncle Josh & Cousin Jack) (Masters)

Years in activity :

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11/1962 SP Cotton Town Jubilee 103 (US)

Jake And Josh - Just Joshing / This World Of Mine (Is A Lonely Place)

1964 SP Cotton Town Jubilee 109 (US) UNCLE Josh & COUSIN JACK - Cotton Town Jubilee / Big Flop Of The Year
07/1965 SP Cotton Town Jubilee 112 (US) Jake And Josh - Dobro Rhumba / We're Going To Have A Ball
1969 SP SPAR 30001 (US)

Swingingest Thing In Town / Goin' Nowhere (But Out Of My Mind)

1970 SP SPAR 30019 (US)

Nervous Breakdown / Great Big Woman

1979 SP CMH CMH-1519 (US)

I'm Gonna Sing Away The Pain Tonight / Easy Money


05/1964 LP 12" Cotton Town Jubilee LP-101 (US) BLUEGRASS HITS - JUST JOSHING - COUSIN JACK & UNCLE JOSH - We're Gonna Have A Ball / This World Of Mine / Who Was There? / Somehow Tonight / Dobro Rumba / You're Leaving Me / Just Joshin' / Right Before My Eyes / Old Mac Donald's Farm / Oswald's Chimes / When You're Lonely / Big Ball In Brooklyn
1965 LP 12" Cotton Town Jubilee LP-102 (US) UNCLE JOSH AND HIS DOBRO - Leading In The Hound Dog / We're Gonna Have A Ball / This World Of Mine / Who Was There / Somehow Tonight / Dobro Rumba / You're Leaving Me / Cottontown Jubilee / Just Joshin' / Right Before My Eyes / Buck's Stumble / Old Mac Donald's Farm / Oswald's Chimes / When You're Lonely / Big Ball In Brooklyn
1972 LP 12" PURITAN 5001 (US) SOMETHING DIFFERENT - Kenny BAKER & Josh GRAVES - Sands Of Monterey / Evelina / Legend Of The Whistling Brakeman / I'll Be All Smiles Tonight / Lonesome Hobo / Roll On Buddy / Snowbird / High Country / Fireball / White Rose / Step It Up And Go / Carroll County Blues
1973 LP 12" PURITAN 5005 (US) BUCKTIME - Kenny Baker & Josh GRAVES - Texas / You Can't Put That Monkey On My Back / Kenny's Blues / Buck's Stumble / Little Red Shoes / Brown's Ferry Blues / Bucktime / Isle Of Capri / Nobody's Business / Shenandoah Breakdown / John Henry / Deep Elem Blues
1974 LP 12" EPIC KE-33168 (US) ALONE AT LAST - Skokiaan / My Tennessee Mountain Home / Foggy Mountain Chimes / Loving You So Long Now / Time Of The Year / Maiden's Prayer / Johnny Blacksmith / Great Big Woman / Long Road To Houston / She's In Love With A Rodeo Man / Colorado Turnaround
1976 LP 12" VETCO LP-3025 (US) JOSH GRAVES - Josh GRAVE & Bobby SMITH - Wildwood Flower / Shiloh March / Mississippi Country / Pass Me Not / Dobro Blues / Call Of The Wonder / Reuben / I'll Be All Smiles Tonight / Long Road To Aspen / Gold Rush / Great Speckled Bird
1976 LP 12" VETCO LP-3027 (US) JIMMIE SKINNER SINGS BLUEGRASS - VOLUME II - Jimmie SKINNER with Josh GRAVES - Prisoner's Song / Down The Road To Love / John Henry / Hem Of His Garment / Don't Do It And It Won't Be On Your Mind / Bad Ole Lonesome Night / You Don't Know My Mind / Lamplighting Time In The Valley / Cold Wind Is Blowin' / I Heard Jesus On My C.B. / Rambler's Call / Can't Be Wrong And Get By / Wild Side Of Life
1976 LP 12" MUSIC CITY WRS-7419 (US) MEETING AT THE CROSSROADS - Josh GRAVE & Bobby SMITH - Life's Highway / Flint Hill Special / Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Jimmy Brown The Newsboy / Pappy's Brew / Cuttin' The Grass / Sunny South / Bloody Mary Morning / Come Early Morning / My Love
01/1977 LP 12" CMH CMH-6209 (US) SWEET SUNNY SOUTH - Josh GRAVE & Bobby SMITH - Dixieland For Me / Jennifer Waltz / Take Me Back To Sweet Sunny South / Juarez / Head Over Heels In Love With You / Crossin' The Rockies / Mississippi Flood / On My Mind / Trouble In Mind / Starlight Waltz / Pleasant Valley
1977 LP 12" CMH CMH-6221 (US) SAME OLD BLUES - Same Old Blues / False Hearted Lover / Come On Train / Columbus Stockade Blues / I've Lived A Long Long Time / Today I Started Loving You Again / Little Maggie / Ain't They Crazy / Flatt Lonesome / Cora's Gone / Josh's Mound Dog Blues / Cruel Willie
1978 LP 12" CMH CMH-6225 (US) SMOKIN' BLUEGRASS - Josh GRAVE & Bobby SMITH - Fifteen Miles From Birmingham / Gretna Green / Dinner Bell / Bluer Than Midnight / Shiloh March / Don't Let Smoky Mountain Smoke Get In Your Eyes / Let Your Love Flow / Fall / Shig-A-Dig / Packing Up And Leaving / Down On The Corner / Jamboree
06/1979 LP 12" CMH CMH-6233 (US) SING AWAY THE PAIN - I'm Gonna Sing Away The Pain Tonight / Movin' South / Calico Gypsy / Evelina / Godd Time Charlie's Got The Blues / Lay Down Sally / Brand New Carroll County Blues / I Still Get Funny When It Rains / Easy Money / Easin' Down The Turnpike / Crazy Mama / Uncle Josh Plays 'lectrified Dobro
1979 LP 12" COWBOY CARL CCLP-102 (US)

WE'RE GONNA HAVE A BALL - JOSH GRAVES & FRIENDS - Leading In The Hound Dog / We're Gonna Have A Ball / This World Of Mine / Who Was There / Somehow Tonight / Dobro Rumba / You're Leaving Me / Cottontown Jubilee / Just Joshin' / Right Before My Eyes / Buck's Stumble / Old Mac Donald's Farm / Oswald's Chimes / When You're Lonely / Big Ball In Brooklyn

1980 LP 12" Koala AW-14328 (US)

First Breath Of Spring

12/1980 LP 12" CMH CMH-6252 (US) KING OF THE DOBRO - Earl's Breakdown / Maiden's Prayer / Wabash Cannonball / Starlight Waltz / Bluer Than Midnight / Long Road To Aspen / Little Home In West Virginia / Dobros In Scotland / Lily Dale / Jamboree / Flatt Lonesome / Little Rosewood Casket
1980 LP 12" VETCO LP-3037 (US) PLAYING IT SIMPLE - Jennifer's Waltz / Carter's Blues / Salty Dog Blues / Birmingham Jail / Fireball Mail / Great Speckled Bird / Nashville Skyline / John Henry / Fireball / Columbus Stockade Blues
1984 LP 12" OLD HOMESTEAD OHS-90159 (US) LIVING LEGENDS - Josh GRAVES & Red TAYLOR - Citico / Red Wagon / Gloryland / Sally Ann / Deep Water / Driving Nails / Help Me Make It / Carter's Blues / Soldiers Joy / That's The Way It Started
1984 LP 12" ATTEIRAM API-1623 (US) SOMETHING OLD SOMETHING NEW - Josh GRAVE & The JONES BROS. - It Rains Just The Same / Lonesome Jones / Fireball / Steel Guitar Chimes / Home Sweet Home / Shuckin' The Corn / There's A Blue Bird Singing / Always Marry An Ugly Girl, / West Virginia Turnpike / You Are My Flower / Gospel Medley / God Bless Her She's My Mother
1986 LP 12" Ridge Runner RRR-0034 (US)

Flying South - Fiddle And Dobro Bluegrass Instrumentals - Josh GRAVES & Kenny BAKER

06/1988 LP 12" CMH CMH-6264 (US) DAD THE DOBRO MAN - Josh GRAVES & Billy TROY - Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes / Cory Belle / In The Jailhouse Now / Elareeb / She's Loving Me Blind / Doin' My Time / Come Walk With Me / Dad The Dobro Man / All For The Love Of A Girl / Coal Field March / Harvest Of My Heart / California Blues
10/1988 LP 12" AMBER AR-1001 (US) REAL JOSH - Super Sidemen, vol. 1 - Randy Lynn Rag / Pass Me Not / Dobro Chimes / My Tears Won't Show / Shuckin' The Corn / What A Friend / Flint Hill Special / Citico / Great Speckled Bird / Fireball / Orville's Waltz / Up On The Blueridge
1988 LP 12" MONTANA COUNTRY MC-310002 (CH) BLUEGRASS INSTRUMENTALS - TENNESSEE-KENTUCKY FAVORITES - Kenny BAKER & Josh GRAVES - Kentucky / We'll Meet Again Sweetheart / Great Speckled Bird / Steel Guitar Chimes / Windy City / Foggy Mountain Chimes / Little Bitty Acron / Lonesome Road Blues / Orville's Waltz / Coleman's March
1989 LP 12" MONTANA COUNTRY MC-310010 (CH)

Fiddle And Dobro Hoedown - Fire Ball / Hound Dog Ramble / Just Joshing / Shuckin' The Corn / Dueling Banjos / Saint Ann's Reel / Cotton Town / Whistling Rufus / Fort Smith / Tyler's Tuition

05/1989 CD CMH CD-6266 (US)

THE MASTERS - Josh-Away / Rambling Gambling Rag / Night Runner / Crying Heart Waltz / Tyler‘s Intuition / Thomas Jefferson Breakdown / My Louisiana / Wagginâe The Dog / Ball River / Deep Sea Cruise / Rocky Ford / Kelly Lynn Waltz / Whisky Chitto / Roadside Breakdown

09/1990 CD CMH CD-6268 (US)

Saturday Night Fish Fry - THE MASTERS - Saturday Night Fish Fry / Bordertown Blues / Road Warrior / Amanda Lynn / Lickety-Split / There Ain't A Cow In Texas / Dance With Me Kenny / Sugar Shakes / Spanish River / Down In The Shinnery / Stalk Of The Cat: Part II / I've Been Going Home Since Friday Night / Shiloh March / Yesterday Took Wings

1990 CD REBEL CD-1108 (US) The Puritan sessions - Kenny Baker & Josh Graves - Sands Of Monterey / Evelina / Legend of the whistling brakeman / I'll be all smiles tonight / Lonesome Hobo / Roll On Buddy / Snowbird / High Country / Fireball / The white rose / Step it up and go / Carroll County blues / Texas / You Can't put that monkey on my back / Kenny's Blues / Buck's Stumble / Little red shoes / Brown's Ferry Blues / Bucktime / This Isle of Capri / Nobody's Business / Shenandoah Breakdown / John Henry / Deep elm blues
1993 CD LEGENDS CD-002 (US) JOSH GRAVES PLAYS COUNTRY CLASSICS - Waltz Across Texas / (I'd Be A) Legend In My Time / He Stopped Loving Her Today / Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain / Fireball Mail / Bringing In The Georgia Mail / Silver Wings / Cold Cold Heart / Oh Lonesome Me / Rocky Top / Maiden's Prayer / Wabash Cannonball
1995 CD LEGENDS CD-80004 (US) LIVE IN PORT HURON MICHIGAN - Kenny BAKER & Josh GRAVES - Sweet Bunch Of Daisies / Jug City / Home Place On The Mountain Side / Jennifer's Waltz / Brandy Wine / Lilly Dale / Kicking Mule / Worried Man Blues / Dance With Me Kenny / Kelly Lynn Waltz / Chuck-A-Luck / Happy Time Waltz / I Think I'll Settle Down / Mule Skinner Blues / Kentucky
1995 CD LEGENDS CD-80005 (US) CHURCH IN THE WILDWOOD - Kenny BAKER & Josh GRAVES - What A Friend We Have In Jesus / Amazing Grace / Pass Me Not / Get In Line Brother / I'll Fly Away / Shepherd / Old Rugged Cross / Church In The Wildwood / Angel Band / Whispering Hope / Precious Memories /. He Will Set Your Fields On Fire
1996 CD LEGENDS CD-80007 (US) THE GRAVES SITUATION - Josh GRAVES with SONS and GRANSONS - Long Road To Aspen / Someone's Child / South Pa / Ole Slew Foot / If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong / Jamboree / Sara's Street / Words Left Unspoken / Shy Ann / Old Lonesome Shadow / You've Got To Find Love / What Memories / Amazing Grace / Blood On The Moon
09/1996 CD CMH CD-8015 (US) KING OF THE DOBRO - A Musical Documentary - Introduction / Reubin's Train / Katy Hill / Marty Stuart Talks / Cuttin' The Grass / Bordertown Blues / Ain't They Crazy / Lance Leroy Talks / Little Burma Through The Bayou / Gretna Green / Earl's Breakdown / Martha White Theme (You Bake Right) / Shig-A-Dig / Introduction To The Boys From North Carolina / Boys From North Carolina / Little Home In West Virginia / Joe Wilson Talks / Rock Away / Bill Monroe Talks / Wheel Hoss / Dobros In Scotland / Mac Wiseman Talks / Reading Your Letter Again / In The Jailhouse Now / Seven Bridges Road / Jerry Douglas Talks / House Of Scruggs / Jerry Douglas Talks / Fireball / Conclusion
1998 CD Foster Creek FC-0002 (US)

Overdue - Josh GRAVES & Sue MURPHY - Carter’s Blues / Road To Columbus / Rose Of Avon Moor / Remington Ride / Three / Mockingbird Hill-Billy / Southern Filibuster / Buckaroo / Blackhawk Waltz / Canyon Grass Breakdown / My Louisiana / Mexico / Lery’s Ramble / Lilly Dale / Blues For Vickie

09/1998 CD REBEL REB-CD-1747 (US) JOSH GRAVES - Just Joshin' / Someone You Have Forgotten / Cannonball Blues / Cora Is Gone / I'll Be All Smiles Tonight / Big Ball In Brooklyn / Will You Be Lonesome Too / Columbus Stockade Blues / Your Love Is Like A Flower / Rainbow / Come Back Darling / Indian Killed A Woodcock / Shuckin' The Corn / He Took Your Place
06/2000 CD OMS OMS 25040-2 (US) SULTAN OF SLIDE - Panhandle Rag / Come Walk With Me / Down South In New Orleans / Great Big Woman / Evelina / Satisfied Mind / Fireball Mail / Step It Up And Go / Fireball / Carolina Sunshine Girl / Someday I'll Sober Up / Bright Side Of The Road
03/2002 CD STARDAY SCD-969 (US) WORLD FAMOUS DOBRO - Great Speckled Bird / Nine Pound Hammer / Gathering Flowers From The Hillside / Wreck Of The Old '97 / Silent Night / Down In The Valley / What A Friend We Have In Jesus / Beautiful Brown Eyes / Maple On The Hill / Columbus Stockade Blues / In The Pines / Just Because
04/2002 CD OMS OMS 25100-2 (US) MEMORIES OF FOGGY MOUNTAIN - False Hearted Lover / Foggy Mountain Special / Flatt Lonesome / Foggy Mountain Chimes / Foggy Mountain Rock / Road To Aspen / Jennifer Waltz / Just Joshin' / Maggie Blues / Maiden's Prayer / Pike County Breakdown / Jesus Saviour Pilot Me / Shiloh March / Shuckin' The Corn
2005 CD Red Clay RC 121(JAP) Just Joshin' - Leading In The hound dog / We're gonna have a ball / This world of mine / Who was here? / Dobro Rhumba / Somehow Tonight / You're leaving me / Cottontown Jubilee / Just Joshin' / Right before my eyes / Buck's Stumble / Old McDonald's Farm / Oswald's Chimes / When You're Lonely / Big Ball In Brooklyn
2006 CD K-Tel ? (US)

Bluegrass Blues - Long Chain Charlies Blues / Come On Train / First Breath Of Spring / Ain't They Crazy / Happy Times / Out Walkin' The Blues / Ed's Tune / Farlo County Jail / Mr. Blues / Anna / A Man Called Jesus

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