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Eddie Adcock to Return for Neurological Update

Eddie AdcockBluegrass banjo fans will remember that in 2008, Eddie Adcock went in for his first brain surgery to correct a condition that was impacting his playing. Since that time, he has gone in for additional surgeries to maintain his deep brain stimulation surgery. A battery powered device was installed and it is possible that the battery needs attention.

Hillbilly Gypsies' Jamie Lynn Buckner Diagnosed with Cancer

Jamie Lynn BucknerJamie Lynn Buckner of the Hillbilly Gypsies announced that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Since her announcement, both the band's website and her own have been receiving good wishes and prayers for her. She will under go surgery today and will know more about her situation after further tests.

Artists, Insurance and the Future

Nest EggHardly a week goes by that I don't read about an artist passing away, coming down with a serious medical condition, major property damage, instruments stolen, long term care becomes necessary, etc. This is always sad news. What is even more sad is that many didn't have insurance of any kind to handle these situations. The benefits begin to help our favorite artists with their immediate needs financially, professionally and socially. The needs are real.

Bluegrass Legend Dr. Ralph Stanley Hospitalized After Fall

Dr. Ralph StanleyBluegrass and mountain music legend, Dr. Ralph Stanley, 88, was hospitalized last week following a fall that caused a small fracture in his pelvis. The banjo artist underwent minor surgery last Saturday. Stanley's grandson, Nathan Stanley, reports that “Dr. Stanley is recovering from a small pelvic fracture. He is doing great and expected to have full recovery.”

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.

Junior Sisk to Undergo Surgery Thursday

Junior SiskJunior Sisk will undergo surgery next Thursday, February 12, 2015, in order to fix a bulging disk in his neck that is causing a pinched nerve in his right arm and fingers. Sisk says that he will not be canceling any shows, and plans to be back on stage March 6 and 7 to perform at Bluegrass on the Beach in Lake Havasu, Arizona.

Bluegrass Stars Join Together for James King Benefit Concert

James KingNashville, TN -- On Monday, December 15, 2014, at 6:00 PM, some of the finest musicians from the world of bluegrass will perform at a benefit concert for James King. King, a beloved fixture on the music scene for the past three decades who is known as “The Bluegrass Storyteller,” was recently diagnosed with chronic liver failure, and is in need of a transplant.

Junior Sisk Injures Hand in Minor Hunting Accident

Junior SiskJunior Sisk, who is well-known to his fans as an avid hunter, injured his hand this past Monday (10/27) in a minor hunting accident. Sisk suffered a deep cut to one of his fingers, which required stitches and a course of antibiotics. According to Sisk, the stitches will stay in for the next ten days, but he does have feeling in and can move his finger. He says that it's going to take a little time to heal, but he hopes to be back to playing this Saturday, when Ramblers Choice takes the stage at the Bluegrass, Barbecue, & Brew Festival in Brookneal, Virginia. Sisk would like to thank his friends and fans for their prayers and get-well wishes.

Jason Burleson Recovering Well in France - Updated

Jason Burleson by Sherri GeorgeLe Puy, France -- Powerhouse Bluegrass group Blue Highway is currently in France for a two-week tour with stops at the Country Rendezvous Festival in Craponne and the La Roche Bluegrass Festival in La Roche. Following a high octane first night's performance by the band, reflecting their energized current #1 album "The Game," Blue Highway's heralded banjo player and vocalist Jason Burleson awoke ill this morning with what has been diagnosed by physicians in Le Puy as a stomach ulcer.

James King Medical Fund Setup for the Storyteller

James KingAs most readers know, James King was in the hospital for three weeks and has just recently been released. James posted yesterday, I have spent 20+ days in the Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri and Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, VA. I've had issues with and have been treated for kidney stones, an infected gall bladder, blood clots and a few other minor complications from the surgeries. I'm on the mend now and recuperating comfortably at my new home in Oak Level, VA. I intend to be back on the road and singing again as soon as the good Lord allows. Hopefully within the next couple weeks I'll be back on stage. I want to thank my family, friends and fans for all of the support, get well cards and monetary contributions. It sure means the world to me and has really helped in the healing process."

Flatt Lonesome Visits St. Jude Children's Hospital

Flatt LonesomeMemphis, TN -- Flatt Lonesome, along with Darrel & Phyllis Adkins of the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Festival, visited St. Jude Children's Hospital on Monday Feb, 3rd. Every year the MACC presents a substantial check to the children's hospital from their festival. The band took a tour of the facilities with Suzanne Baker, PhD, Co-leader, Neurobiology and Brain Tumor Program. Attached is a photo of the entire group at St. Jude during the visit. The MACC Festival is held every July near Columbus, OH and proceeds go to St. Jude. Musicians Against Childhood Cancer has donated over $750,000 to St. Jude since the year 2000.

Help One of Our Own - Kip Martin Benefit Concert Jan 26

Kip MartinOne of our own bluegrassers, Kip Martin is a life-long lover of music! He has been a practicing musician for 40+ years, mostly devoted to bluegrass. Kip is very sick with liver disease. His kidneys are now failing, though he is comfortable and in palliative care. His wonderful friends are putting on the KIP Martin Benefit concert to help with his medical expenses, shots for Birdie the basset hound, outstanding living expenses and aftercare expenses. Kip has given so much to bluegrass beyond just the music. He's authored history, editorial commentary and opinions on his life with the music and has certainly helped others get started or given a helping hand whenever he could.

Help Cheer Up Tex Logan by Bringing Christmas to Him

Tex Logan with Bill MonroeLonesome Pine RFD Bluegrass DJ, Carol Beaugard, has been keeping us posted on Tex Logan. At this time of the year, he probably needs a bit of cheering up. Christmas Carol says, "Beloved legendary bluegrass fiddler Tex Logan who composed the classic 'Christmas Time's a Coming' is in a rehabilitation center. He will be coming home after Christmas. Let's give Tex the gift of love this holiday - will you write him a Christmas card? the address is noted in this message from his daughter Jody. Wouldn't it be great if he could receive 1,000 cards before Christmas?! Please share this and let's make this the most magical time of the year for one of our best."

Balsam Range’s Buddy Melton on his Road to Recovery

Buddy MeltonNashville, TN -- Last Thanksgiving, Buddy Melton was simply grateful to be alive. This year, he’s eager to share new insights after triumphantly returning from life-threatening injuries sustained in an accident on his farm. His nose, forehead and right eye socket were shattered when a cow kicked a heavy metal gate, which struck Melton in the head. The singer/fiddler endured a 10-hour reconstructive surgery, months of recovery, and lost more than 30 pounds. He continues to deal with medical issues including loss of taste and smell, and facial numbness.

More on the Passing of Doug Davidson

Doug DavidsonMatt Scarbrough with Laurel River Line graciously took time from his busy schedule and dealing with the loss of Doug Davidson to tell us a bit more about Doug Davidson. We announced Wednesday that Laurel River Line's Dobro Player, Doug Davidson, had died Doug fell sick in June of this year and just never really got over it. We was hoping that it was just a virus or something but as months went on we knew that it was something more. Doug was in and out of the hospital the past couple of months and up until 3 weeks ago was when they finally figured out what it was. We got the word that it was Pancreatic Cancer.

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