JONESBORO — The Farm Hands will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould. The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.
Formed in 2010, the Farm Hands are the 2017 winners of the Bluegrass Entertainers of the Year award given by the national chapter of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA). At the same awards ceremony earlier this year, the band also received Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year, Bluegrass Album of the Year, and Bluegrass Song of the Year honors.
Tim Graves is a featured vocalist and dobro player for the Farm Hands. Graves is the nephew of bluegrass hall-of-fame member Josh Graves who is credited with introducing the dobro as an instrument in bluegrass music. The elder Graves was a long-time performer with Lester Flatt and Earl Scrugs in their group, the Foggy Mountain Boys. Together, Josh Graves and Tim Graves were nominated for a Grammy award for their work on the “Great Dobro Sessions” CD.
Tim Graves has been a professional musician for over 30 years, beginning his career at age 14. He has been a past member of the groups Cedar Run, The Boys From Shiloh, and James Monroe’s Midnight Ramblers. He is also a past member of the touring band for the bluegrass hall-of-fame members The Osborne Brothers. He is a 12-time winner of SPBGMA’s Dobro Player of the Year award, and he has been a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry for 20 years.
Prior to his work with the Farm Hands, Graves led his own band, Cherokee. In 2015, Graves was inducted into the SPBGMA Bluegrass Hall of Fame.
Daryl Mosley sings and plays bass for the Farm Hands. Mosley began his professional career at age 16 as a regular performer at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Falls, Tenn. He spent 10 years in the band New Tradition, and is a former member of Bobby Osborne’s Rocky Top X-Press. Mosley was a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry for 10 years, and he is a five-time nominee for SPBGMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year award.
Mosley is an acclaimed songwriter. In both 2016 and 2017, he was named Songwriter of the Year by SPBGMA. Four of his compositions have reached the top position on various musical charts. His songs have been featured on the television programs American Idol, The View and The True Hollywood Story. His song “Ask the Blind Man, He Saw It All” won Song of the Year honors from all major southern gospel organizations in 2006. That song was also named one of the top 35 southern gospel songs of all time by Singing News Magazine.
Keith Tew plays guitar for the Farm Hands. He began playing music professionally at age 12 in his home state of Florida. He is a former member of Hickory Wind and the Big Thunder Mountain Boys. He has toured leading his own band, High Strung, as well as with Rhonda Vincent’s The Rage, Vassar Clements and Rock County.
Tew is a Grammy-nominated songwriter. His compositions have been recorded by Mountain Heart, The Lonesome River Band, Ernie Thacker, Scottie Sparks, and Lou Reid and Carolina. Tew is a past winner of SPBGMA’s Song of the Year award.
Don Hill plays banjo for the Farm Hands. Hill, a Tennessee native, has been named a state champion banjo player in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. He has also worked with several major bluegrass artists including Bobby Osborne and Jesse McReynolds.
The Farm Hands perform over 150 concerts each year. Their song “Rural Route,” written by Mosley, reached No. 1 on the Bluegrass Today radio airplay chart earlier this year. The band and its members have received over 50 awards and nominations.
KASU will literally “pass the hat” to collect money to pay the group. The suggested donation is $5 per person. In addition to the concert, Terry’s Café, 201 South Pruett Street in Paragould, opens on Bluegrass Monday nights to welcome bluegrass music fans. The café serves a catfish buffet meal beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the evenings of Bluegrass Monday concerts. Concessions will also be available at the Collins Theatre.
Bluegrass Monday concerts are held on the fourth Monday night of each month. These concerts are presented with support from Bibb Chiropractic Center, the Posey Peddler, Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Paragould, the Northeast Arkansas Bluegrass Association and KASU.
KASU, 91.9 FM, is the 100,000-watt public broadcasting service of Arkansas State University. For more information, contact KASU Program Director Marty Scarbrough at email@example.com or 870-972-2367. Bluegrass Monday is also on Facebook (search “Bluegrass Monday”).
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Attached photo: (back, left to right) Keith Tew, Don Hill, Daryl Mosley. (Seated) Tim Graves.