Josh Graves

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Burkett K. Graves, 27 September 1925, Tellico Plains, Tennessee, USA, d. 30 September 2006, USA (his year of birth has also been cited as 1927). One of the greatest of all dobro players and probably the first to have played the instrument in bluegrass music. Historian Bill C. Malone summarized Graves’ abilities as follows: ‘Graves perfected a rolling syncopated style that enabled him to play galloping breakdowns as well as slow love songs or ballads’.

Graves was attracted to the dobro as a child on hearing Cliff Carlisle play on Jimmie Rodgers’ recordings, and he later met Carlisle, who gave him help and encouragement. He was also influenced in his early career by the dobro playing of Pete Kirby (Bashful Brother Oswald). He learned not only dobro but also guitar and bass, and in 1942, he made his professional debut with the Pierce Brothers. After then playing with Esco Hankins in Knoxville, he played with Molly O’Day...

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