and Cherokee Are a Hit at 2005 Fall Festival
Graves and Cherokee played the Fall Blackwater Bluegrass Festival
on Friday, October 14th.
Tim is a natural on stage and together with Cherokee, they put
on a remarkable show.
At the tender age of fourteen, Tim Graves took the stage for the
first time playing dobro for an East Tennessee band called Cedar
Run. After honing his skills for the next three years and having
appeared on three recordings, Graves decided it was time to move
on. He immediately accepted a dobro position with Bobby Smith
& the Boys from Shiloh.
In 1981, Graves and his longtime friend, Bennie Boling, formed
"Cherokee" and launched their talents at the 1982 "World's
Fair" in Knoxville, TN. There they were awarded the prestigious
title of "Official World's Fair Bluegrass Band." By
the mid-eighties, Graves decided to make the move to Music City
and became a vital member of James Monroe & the Midnight Ramblers.
By now, Tim's name was becoming synonymous, in and around Nashville,
with the word "Dobro." Those same talents eventually
landed him a weekly spot on the Grand Ole Opry with Opry Member,
Wilma Lee Cooper.
Graves still was feeling the calling to
team up with Boling to try to rekindle the flame that the group,
Cherokee once had. Following a change to "Tim Graves &
Cherokee," they have recorded seven projects with several
leading record labels. Visit Tim's
website for more information. http://www.timgraves.com/
Other performers at this
years fall Blackwater Bluegrass Festival were Glenn Tolbert and
the Sullivan Brothers, Out of the
Bleu, Jordan's Angels and and West Bama Grass.