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Burkett Howard “Uncle Josh” Graves

Bluegrass Music Pioneer. Known as "Uncle Josh" or "Buck" to his fans, this musician and songwriter is credited with revolutionizing bluegrass music by playing the resophonic guitar or "Dobro" when he joined the Lester Flatt's and Earl Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Boys Band. At the time he was one of only five known professional "Dobro" players worldwide but his ability to dazzle audiences and radio listeners coast to coast with on Nashville's WSM-AM gained him a legion of fans and brought back into prominence a musical instrument that was fading from memory. His talent impacted country and bluegrass music so much that today the "Dobro" is considered a traditional part of a bluegrass band. He played with the Foggy Mountain Boys from 1955 to 1969, performed with the Earl Scruggs Revue country/rock band in 1970's and was inducted into the International Bluegrass Association's Hall of Fame. A native of Tellico Plains Tennessee, he died in Nashville at the age of 79.

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"A loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and legendary Dobro player who inspired us all and touched lives worldwide. He was a viable part of bluegrass and American music history. The way he lived his life should be a roadmap for all who follow in his fingersteps."


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  • Originally Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 1 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15964799
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Burkett Howard “Uncle Josh” Graves (27 Sep 1927–30 Sep 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15964799, citing Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Hendersonville, Sumner County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .