King of the Dobro to be Celebrated
King of the Dobro, Josh Graves will be celebrated at the annual Cherohala Skyway Festival to be held October 26 in Tellico Plains. Each year, the festival features art, food, bluegrass music, and a breathtaking backdrop of the Cherokee National Forest awash in autumn colors. The Skyway is one of the National Scenic Byways, and is best known as a gateway entrance to the formidable “Tail of the Dragon” motorcycle trail.
Tellico Plains is also home to a rich heritage of music. As with many rural Appalachian communities, picking and playing was part of the fabric of daily life. Front porches would be gathering places for people to gather, tell stories, and enjoy music. Bluegrass, by definition, is a melding of instruments and music genres- folk, ballads, Jazz, and blues. “Uncle” Josh Graves is credited with bringing the Dobro into bluegrass while playing with the Foggy Mountain Boys, led by the legendary Earl Scruggs. In honor of his uncle, this year’s festival will feature a performance by nephew, Tim Graves and a Dobro pick-off contest.