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Bluegrass SuperPickers, Flashback, to Release Debut Album in April

Foxhounds and FiddlesFlashback, newly signed to Pinecastle Records, plans an April 21 release for their debut album, Foxhounds and Fiddles. Made up of a gathering of super pickers and entertainers in Bluegrass, Flashback members are Phil Leadbetter, Don Rigsby, Richard Bennett and Curt Chapman.

Phil Leadbetter's Cancer Battle Returns for Round 3

Phil LeadbetterBluegrass Music's favorite uncle, Dobro artist Uncle Phil Leadbetter has announced that after his most recent PET scan and biopsy that his cancer has returned once again. Twice before he has been deemed "Cancer Free" however, the persistent disease keeps returning. Each return also appears more stubborn the one before. He has been battling the disease on and off now for over four years.

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

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.

Bluegrass Artists Make New Year’s Resolutions

Bluegrass ArtistsNashville, TN --- It’s that time again. It’s a new year. Everyone has that “clean slate” feeling about the year ahead. Ranging from poignant to lighthearted, several artists share their own New Year’s Resolutions.

Steve Wariner Joins Phil Leadbetter on “Hole in the Earth” Debut

Steve WarinerNashville, TN -- Country music legend Steve Wariner made his debut on the weekly airplay charts last week (Oct. 17) when dobro virtuoso Phil Leadbetter’s new single, “Hole in the Earth” (featuring Wariner on lead vocals) entered chart at No. 10. The song, written by Wariner and Shane Keister, is featured on Leadbetter’s new album The Next Move, which was released last week. Leadbetter is the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s Dobro Player of the Year.

Phil Leadbetter's Next Move, Releases Today!

Phil LeadbetterNashville, TN -- On the heels of his recent win as IBMA's 2014 Dobro Player of the Year, Phil Leadbetter releases his remarkable new album, The Next Move, today, October 14th. In The Next Move, Phil shows his amazing gift for creativity, arrangements, and brilliant picking with a stellar lineup of his friends and favorite artists. The list of guests reads like a Who’s Who of award-winners from Bluegrass, Country and Acoustic music, including: Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, Mike Bub, Shawn Camp, Steve Wariner, Joe Diffie, Marty Raybon, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, Ken Mellons, Kenny Smith, Cory Walker, Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, John Cowan, Jake Stargel, Matt Leadbetter, Jim Hurst, Steve Thomas, Paul Brewster, Con Hunley, Charlie Cushman, Jarrod Walker and more.

"Uncle Phil" Named Dobro Player of the Year

Phil Leadbetter - Dobro Player of the YearNashville, TN -- Last night at the IBMA Awards in Raleigh, Phil Leadbetter was honored as Dobro Player of the Year. The beloved and humble picker is set to release a very special new album on October 14th.

Pinecastle to Bring Phil Leadbetter to World of Bluegrass

Phil LeadbetterAfter being diagnosed with Stage III Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2011, Phil Leadbetter feared that his 37-year career as a touring and performing musician may be over and yet, recognized the immense blessing of having enjoyed that career. The 2005 IBMA Dobro Player of the Year winner sat down and made a “bucket list” of friends and idols in the music business with whom he’d always wanted to record, or simply wanted to play with once again … if his health would ever allow a return to playing the music he loved.

Phil Leadbetter Releases “The Next Move”

Phil LeadbetterNashville, TN -- It’s a remarkable commentary on the character of a man when he can call upon friends and associates with the answer repeatedly being a resounding “yes.” A stellar list of friends make his Bucket List dreams come true with this release.

Phil Leadbetter is Making The Next Move with New Album

Phil LeadbetterAfter a fight with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011, a healthy Phil Leadbetter is back on the road performing with Dale Ann Bradley and actively working on the follow up to the IBMA Instrumental Recording of the Year Slide Effects. The next Pinecastle album, titled The Next Move, is shaping up to be an exciting collaboration with Phil’s friends including: Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, Mike Bub, Shawn Camp, Steve Wariner, Joe Diffie, Marty Raybon, Sierra Hull, Sam Bush, Kenny Smith, and many more.

Dobro Artist Mike Auldridge has Died

Mike AuldridgeMike Auldridge, the legendary dobro player who co-founded the Seldom Scene and later, Chesapeake, died yesterday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 73. He had been under hospice care until his passing. His expressive talent on the resophonic guitar had no bounds as he played bluegrass, country and even jazz with style and elegance. He performed primarily around his Maryland home but certainly performed across the nation and the globe.

Phil Leadbetter Receives Good Stem Cell Report

Phil LeadbetterPhil Leadbetter, affectionately known as "Uncle Phil" is Bluegrass Music's favorite dobro uncle. Phil has been battling cancer for a while now and benefits, concerts and other events have taken place to help him with the high costs involved in fighting this disease. Phil has been in a long battle and after chemo and other methods met with poor results, he switched to a stem cell approach. The initial prognosis is that the stem cell treatment is responding positively. Phil reports that his stem cell doctors told him "I have no reason to think that you aren't cancer free......go on now and live your life."

Phil Leadbetter Gets A Positive Report in his Cancer Fight

Phil LeadbetterPhil Leadbetter, affectionately known as "Uncle Phil" is Bluegrass Music's favorite dobro uncle. Phil has been battling cancer for a while now and benefits, concerts and other events are taking place to help him with his enormous medical expenses. In March of last year, he was diagnosed with the disease and he and his medical team have been fighting to find the right mix of chemo to get control. Thursday, Phil reported that the team has found a new chemo treatment and that the cancer is responding to it.

Pickin' For Phil Sunday at The Paramount

Phil LeadbetterOur favorite bluegrass uncle, Uncle Phil Leadbetter is battling to get a handle on his Hodgkins Disease -- a form of cancer. Doctors are still doing surgery and trying to find a cocktail that will bring this disease under control. The rising medical costs are putting a great burden on him and his family. To help with this, a grand benefit program featuring many of the top bluegrass artists today will take place Sunday at The Paramount in Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee.

Blue Highway Added to Pickin' for Phil Line-Up

Phil LeadbetterGrammy nominated, multi-IBMA award-winning bluegrass group Blue Highway has been added to the already star-studded Pickin' for Phil line-up. "This will be the bluegrass gathering of the year," says Larry Gorley, event organizer. "Some of the finest names in the genre coming together for their dear friend. It's a must-see event."

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