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Fred Bartenstein on Josh Graves at ICMC 2016

Josh GravesThe misty chilly Middle Tennessee weather scene today makes one think of accounts of the Scottish Moors. Despite not being able to offer each of you some Lagavulan, this update should warm your heart. Gradually more of the International Country Music Conference (ICMC) 2016 program is taking shape. ICMC has always been hospitable to Bluegrass and 2016 is no exception. Once again Fred Bartenstein of Yellow Springs, Ohio will be sharing his expertise with us. Bartenstein will be discussing “How Josh Graves Made Flatt and Scruggs Hip.”

Josh Graves - Bluegrass Bluesman A Memoir Awarded

Bluegrass Bluesman - A Memoir by Josh GravesThe life and music of a bluegrass pioneer, in his own words... 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, maintaining ties with black artists and comporting himself as a classic bluesman with a gold tooth and snappy headgear. In Bluegrass Bluesman, this influential performer shares the story of his lifelong career in music. The 176 page Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir by Josh Graves was released, last September from the University of Illinois Press. Bluegrass Unlimited says, "Yet another must-read book from the University of Illinois Press." The volume has been awarded a Certificate of Merit in the Best Research in Recorded Country Music Category. The book was up for Best Historical Research in Recorded Folk, Ethnic, or Country Music by the association . Last year, Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J. D. Crowe by Marty Godbey won in the History category.

Fred Bartenstein’s Latest Bluegrass Work “Bluegrass Bluesman - A Memoir”

Bluegrass Bluesman - A Memoir by Josh GravesFred Bartenstein is excited that the book he edited is coming out in September from University of Illinois Press. Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir by Josh Graves tells the fascinating story of his life -- from mountainous East Tennessee, to the road with Flatt & Scruggs, to a solo and sideman career, to reflections on the present and future of bluegrass music. Josh is a great storyteller. There are never-published photos, tributes from more than 20 contemporaries and disciples, and information on Josh's instruments and repertoire.

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