Tim Graves’ bus on the silver screen

We all know the old joke:

Q. How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
A. Practice.

It seems that Tim Graves has a real-life, updated version.

Q. How do you make into the movies?
A. Drive.

Tim is a noted resonator guitarist, nephew of the legendary Josh Graves, who performs as a member of The Farm Hands. Like many touring bluegrass musicians, Tim has developed the hobby of working on buses, and his fully-restored 1972 MCI has been selected to appear in The Identical, a film being shot in Tennessee.

A number of big Hollywood stars are in the film, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, Seth Green, and Joe Pantoliano among them. It is bring directed by Dustin Marcellino, who has made his name in music videos, appropriate as The Identical is a period music story starting in the 1950s. But far from bluegrass, this is a rock drama that follows a family of musicians through that time, up to and including the glam rock scare of the 1970s.

Tim said that he actually appears in a few scenes as the bus driver, and shared a few thoughts about his ride with The Identical.

“I’ve had this bus a long time and it’s been a hobby of mine restoring it.

The producers needed an early 1970’s bus that still looked new and saw a picture of mine online. They came to see it in person and said it was perfect. The movie company added a logo to the side of the bus and a few minor cosmetic improvements to the interior, but that’s it.

It was a fun experience. The actors and crew were great to work with and it was exciting to see how a movie comes together. But I think I’ll stick to playing bluegrass!”

Look for The Identical in the Fall of 2013. More details can be found online.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.