Cover for graves: Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir. Click for larger imageThe October 27, 2012, issue of The Wall Street Journal includes a review of the new book, Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir by Josh Graves, edited by Fred Bartenstein.

“Graves’s name won’t ring a bell for many outside musicians’ circles, but Burkett ‘Uncle Josh’ Graves helped take bluegrass from southern Appalachia to college campuses and beyond, to the world-music status it enjoys today. When he joined Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs in 1955, his fiery, blues-inspired playing on the Dobro resonator slide guitar gave the Foggy Mountain Boys a signature sound that set the band apart from the herd. The Foggy Mountain Boys played fast and hard-driving and as loud as acoustic music can get. Their dynamic stage shows, featuring acrobatic turns at a lone mic for breakneck solos, remain the stuff of legend.”

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