A multiple award-winning Nashville quartet will be giving a free concert this Sunday at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Lincolnton. The Farm Hands Quartet was formed by Tim Graves and Daryl Mosley. The two men were working at the Grand Ole Opry and they felt like they needed to get out on their own and start a bluegrass group. They decided to call their group the “Farm Hands” based on a scripture in Matthews.
Farm Hands has won numerous awards including, most recently, the 2019 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Gospel Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Dobro Player of the Year number one gospel song in the country, as well as the 2018 SPBGMA Bluegrass Band of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Dobro Player of the Year.
Graves played over 20 years on the Grand Ole Opry Stage and in 2015 was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. At the 2017 bluegrass music awards, the Farm Hands were awarded Entertainers of the Year and for three consecutive years they were named Gospel Bluegrass Band of the Year. A two-time songwriter of the year, Mosley has had several number one songs to his credit, including the southern gospel song “(Ask the Blind Man) He Saw It All.” He also has written songs featured on “American Idol,” “The View” and other TV shows around the world.
Graves has been named dobro player of the year 12 times. His uncle, Burkett Graves, was influential in putting the dobro into country and bluegrass music. "Buck" or "Uncle Josh," as he was often called, played with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs in the Foggy Mountain Boys. He was known for his rolling syncopated technique and astonishing speed on the dobro.
Rounding out the quartet are guitarist Keith Tew and banjo player Don Hill. Tew is a three-time Guitar Player of the Year nominee and has toured with High Strung, Vassar Clements, Rock County and performed on the Grand Ole Opry as a member of Rhonda Vincent's band. Hill has worked with many of the major artists in bluegrass music including Grand Ole Opry stars Bobby Osborne and Jesse McReynolds and is a 2017 Bluegrass Banjo Player of the Year nominee.
“We’ve all come from a lot of years of playing in addition to playing at the Opry,” Mosley said. “We’re all roughly the same age and come from similar backgrounds. It’s been a really good fit. We like each other, get along and understand each other. Audiences just seem to connect with us. A lot of the songs we write are about small town life and how things used to be, still could be or might have been. The audience will probably laugh a lot, they may cry a little bit and if they do both, then, as far as I’m concerned, we’ve done our job.”
The concert will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 2069 Highway 182 in Lincolnton. No admission will be charged, but a love offering will be taken for the quartet. Everyone is invited to a covered-dish lunch with the quartet immediately after the concert.
“We’re excited to be able to host this award-winning quartet in concert at Pleasant Grove during what would otherwise be the 11:00 worship hour on Sunday,” Rev. Jim Sanders said. “It’s free and it's early enough in the day that even folks who don’t regularly go to church can come hear some great music, stay for our covered-dish lunch with the quartet or go out to lunch with their family and friends and still have the afternoon. Even if you know you like bluegrass and you’re not so sure about the gospel part, this is going to be great."