Home | Josh Graves Benefit Info | Alabama Opry House News | Horse Pens 40 Bluegrass Info

The Alabama Opry House

Uncle Josh Graves Benefit Info

     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 &roll.
Sam Jackson, ( The Jackson Gang ) well known musician, Comentator,Radio Announcer, and Bluegrass supporter, from Nashville, will be in Tarrant Al, to emcee this event. 
Greeting Fans and Musicians at the door will be the IBMA   (International Bluegrass Music Association ) founding member and representative, Bertie Sullivan, from Ms.
Also 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.
For more info you can call Regina Lyle at 205-841-3090 or
256-931-0521 or e-mail her at sjusticepromo@aol.com.
You may also visit the website at hp40.com and click on  Alabama Opry House.
11 a.m. Welcome and Intro
11:15 Tim Graves and Cherokee (Tn.)
12 Noon  Blue Shades Of Grass   ( Fl.)
12:45 Wires &Wood  (Al.)
1:15 The Duckbutter Boys  (Ga.)
2:00  Bullsboro  (Ga.)
2:45  Joe Lett & Goodtime Bluegrass (Al.)
3:15  Mt. Heir  (Ky.)
4:00  Camp Meeting (Al.)
4:30  Wolf Creek (Ky.)
5:15  Journeys End (Al.)
5:45  Lewis & The High Mt. Boys (Al.)
6:15  2nd Glance  (La.)
7:00  Karl Shiflett & Big Country  (Tx.)
7:45  Southern Heart  (Al.)
8:15  Robyn Lyle & Southern Justice Al.
8:30  Claire Lynch
9:00  The Uplander Singing Band (Al.)
9:30  The Coosa Valley Boys  (Al.)

Special Guests:

Carl Jackson                  
Billy Jack Holcombe
Tom Thomas


Produced by Southern Justice Promotions

256-931-5320   OR   256-506-4130

Alabama Opry House   <>   Commerce Blvd. & Hwy 79   <>   Tarrant  Al.