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Bluegrass Bluesman
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A pivotal member of the hugely successful bluegrass band Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, Dobro pioneer Josh Graves (1927-2006) was a living link between bluegrass music and the blues. In Bluegrass Bluesman, this influential performer shares the story of his lifelong career in music._x000B__x000B_In lively anecdotes, Graves describes his upbringing in East Tennessee and the climate in which bluegrass music emerged during the 1940s. Deeply influenced by the blues, he adapted Earl Scruggs's revolutionary banjo style to the Dobro resonator slide guitar and gave the Foggy Mountain Boys their distinctive sound. Graves's accounts of daily life on tour through the 1950s and 1960s reveal the band's dedication to musical excellence, Scruggs's leadership, and an often grueling life on the road. He also comments on his later career when he played 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 three musical sons. A colorful storyteller, Graves brings to life the world of an American troubadour and the mountain culture that he never left behind._x000B_

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Editor's Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Author's Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1 1927-1942, A Tennessee Childhood
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 2 1942-1955, A Musical Apprenticeship
  2. pp. 12-21
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  1. 3 1955-1969, Part 1, Foggy Mountain Boy
  2. pp. 22-33
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  1. 4 1955-1969, Part 2, Life on the Road and the Breakup
  2. pp. 34-44
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  1. Illustrations follow p. 44.
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  1. 5 1969-1994, King of the Dobro
  2. pp. 45-57
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  1. 6 A Man of Many Talents
  2. pp. 58-68
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  1. 7 Reflections on Bluegass Old and New
  2. pp. 69-78
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  1. 8 A Family Musical Legacy
  2. pp. 79-88
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  1. 9 Testimony from Josh Graves's Contemporaries and Those He Influenced
  2. pp. 89-112
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  1. APPENDIX A: Josh,"Julie," and "Cliff" (with the Seahorse Inlay), the Two Main Instruments Played by
  2. pp. 113-114
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  1. APPENDIX B: Josh's Repertoire: Tunes and Songs He Featured While a Member of the Foggy Mountain Boys
  2. pp. 115-116
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 117-126
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 127-142
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  1. Back Cover
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