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Phil Leadbetter Celebrates "The Next Move" and Kicking Cancer Again

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Phil LeadbetterNashville, TN -- It’s early in the year, but already a championship season for Pinecastle Records artist, Phil Leadbetter. On the heels of his win as Dobro Player of the Year honor at the IBMA Awards, Phil has received a nomination in the annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America awards, again for his instrumental prowess as Dobro Performer. The 41st SPBGMA Bluegrass Awards will be held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday, February 8, 2015. Winners will be selected by a vote on SPBGMA convention attendees.

With characteristic optimism and determination, Phil has continued to perform and promote the release of his latest album The Next Move, while bravely waging yet another battle with the Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that returned last year. Phil recently finished another round of treatment and got the wonderful news that he is, once again, in remission and cancer free.

With plans already in place for a star-studded concert to celebrate the release of The Next Move, the concert will now be an even more jubilant occasion for the cancer-free musician. Phil’s CD release show is set for Saturday, January 31st at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, TN where he will be joined by several special guests and friends. The lineup for the show includes appearances by Steve Wariner, Ken Mellons, Shawn Camp, Gene Johnson, J.D Crowe, Dale Ann Bradley, Kenny Smith, Amanda Smith, Mike Bub, Steve Gulley, Paul Brewster, Don Rigsby, Cory Walker, Sierra Hull, Steve Thomas, Matt Leadbetter, Curt Chapman, and Richard Bennett. The concert is sponsored by Knoxville radio station WDVX.

The talented concert guests were featured on The Next Move, which was released in October on Pinecastle Records and has produced radio hit songs and elicited rave reviews. The album represents Phil’s “bucket list” of players he wanted to play with again or for the first time. It says a great deal about the man and his character that every artist said “yes.” The album also serves a reminder to never give up and always remain positive. The album was produced by Phil with Steve Thomas, recorded at Eage Canyon Studios in Lebanon, Tennessee, and engineered by Steve Thomas and Dave Kirkey.

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