Richard Bennett and Bluetowne/Tim Graves and Cherokee (#215)

Two bands, one from Kentucky and one from Tennessee, present an hour of rowdy bluegrass.

Bluegrass music fans are treated to a full hour of fun on this Jubilee with two of the Kentucky/Tennessee area’s most acclaimed groups. The performance was recorded at the 5th Annual Osborne Brothers Hometown Festival in Hyden, KY.

Richard Bennett and Bluetowne take the stage first. Hailing from the Lexington-Richmond area of Central Kentucky, this band features Bennett’s stunning guitar and vocal work. Joining him are his wife, Wanda Barnett-Bennett, on fiddle; Randall Barnes on acoustic bass and vocals; and Dean Osborne on banjo and vocals.

Next come the three- and four-part vocal harmonies of the Tennessee-based band Tim Graves and Cherokee, founded in 1981 by dobro player Graves and bass player Bennie Boling. Tim Graves, who played his first gig at age 14, also played for James Monroe and the Midnight Ramblers before moving on to a 12-year stint with Wilma Lee Cooper. In addition to Graves and Boling, the band consists of tenor vocalist and guitar player Fred Duggin and baritone vocalist and banjo player Joe Miller.