Tim Graves and Cherokee

Tim Graves took the stage for the first time at age 14, playing dobro for the East Tennessee band Cedar Run. Over the next three years, he appeared on three recordings with that band before joining Bobby Smith and the Boys from Shiloh, again as dobro player.

In 1981, Tim and long-time friend Bennie Boling formed Cherokee. They launched their new venture at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, TN, where Cherokee was awarded the title of Official World’s Fair Bluegrass Band.

By the mid-1980s, Tim had moved on to become a vital member of James Monroe and the Midnight Ramblers. His name was becoming synonymous with the dobro in and around Nashville, and his talents landed him a weekly spot on the Grand Ole Opry as well as steady work with Opry star Wilma Lee Cooper.

Cherokee reunited under the name Tim Graves and Cherokee and recorded six projects with several leading record labels. By 2000, Tim Graves and Cherokee included Graves on dobro and lead vocals, Dickie Nugent on guitar and tenor vocals, Andrea Roberts on bass and vocals, Stacy Wilcox on banjo and baritone vocals, and Bob Grant on mandolin.

This artist appears in Jubilee #215: Richard Bennett and Bluetowne/Tim Graves and Cherokee.