ALABAMA NATIVE CLAIRE LYNCH AND
TEXANS KARL SHIFLETT & BIG COUNTRY
TO HEADLINE UNCLE JOSH FUNDRAISER
NEAR BIRMINGHAM !!
Alabama's own, nationally
and internationally known and respected,Claire Lynch, says she is delighted to be coming to the Birmingham area to headline
a fundraiser for what she considers such a worthy cause.
19 bands from 9 states and hundreds
of Bluegrass fans from all across the country will unite on February 19th, 2005, at The Alabama Opry House, in Tarrant
Al. to pay tribute to Uncle Josh Graves, considered to be a true living legend in the Country / Bluegrass music industry.
Uncle Josh has now lost both legs, and is facing overwhelming medical bills and long term care.
Uncle Josh was only 9 when he heard Cliff Carlisle of The carlisle Brothers, perform a few Jimmie Rogers tunes with the Dobro.
Graves fell in love with the sound and music history began. In 1942, Josh joined the pierce Brothers Band , and until the
mid 50's, played with Esco Hankins, Mac Wiseman, and was a major figure in the Wheeling Jamboree. He, then, joined Wilma Lee
and Stoney Cooper. He remained with the Coopers, until one night at a Grand Ole Opry performance, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs
were so impressed with him , they invited him to join their Foggy Mountain Boys. Uncle Josh remained with them until they
disbanded in 1969.
He then joined Flatt in Flatt's "Nashville Grass",doing other session work on the side. In 1971, he
joined the "Earl Scruggs Review", then three years later went solo.His first release on epic records, Alone at Last, was the
beginning of a new round of work with such as Kris Kristofferson, Eddie Adcock, Jessie McReynolds, Kenny Baker, Marty Stewart,
Jerry Douglas, Lance Leroy, Vassar Clements and many more.
Uncle Josh is credited with being largely
responsible for the survival of the Dobro, as in the late '50's acoustic instruments were out of favor , in the era of rock
Jackson, ( The Jackson Gang ) well known musician, Comentator,Radio Announcer, and Bluegrass supporter, from Nashville, will
be in Tarrant Al, to emcee this event.
Fans and Musicians at the door will be the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association ) founding member and
representative, Bertie Sullivan, from Ms.
on hand to support this event, will be many Bluegrass Venue owners, from through out the South. The Alabama Opry House
is located on Hwy 79 ( Tallapoosa St.) across from Advance Auto.
more info you can call Regina Lyle at 205-841-3090 or
may also visit the website at hp40.com and click on Alabama Opry House.
a.m. BLUEGRASS SUPERJAM
a.m. Welcome and Intro
11:15 Tim Graves and Cherokee (Tn.)
12 Noon Blue Shades Of Grass ( Fl.)
Wires &Wood (Al.)
1:15 The Duckbutter Boys (Ga.)
2:00 Bullsboro (Ga.)
Lett & Goodtime Bluegrass (Al.)
3:15 Mt. Heir (Ky.)
4:00 Camp Meeting (Al.)
5:15 Journeys End (Al.)
5:45 Lewis & The High Mt. Boys (Al.)
6:15 2nd Glance
7:00 Karl Shiflett & Big Country (Tx.)
7:45 Southern Heart (Al.)
Lyle & Southern Justice Al.
8:30 Claire Lynch
9:00 The Uplander Singing Band (Al.)
Coosa Valley Boys (Al.)
Billy Jack Holcombe