Buddy Melton in the studio

The entire bluegrass world was horrified when word of Balsam Range, fiddler Buddy Melton‘s accident came to light last month. While loading cattle on March 12, a cow kicked at the truck door, slamming it into Buddy’s face, and causing some severe head injuries.

The good news is that buddy quickly regained consciousness and responded well to medical treatment. Subsequent facial reconstruction surgery was successful, and a complete recovery is projected.

This morning, Balsam Range guitarist Caleb Smith provided us with a very encouraging update.

“Bud is doing great!!! He is recovering nicely at home.

Balsam Range is in the studio now recording our 4th record, and for the past 2 weeks Buddy has been in the studio with us singing scratch vocals. The past few sessions he has been putting down all of his fiddle tracks as well.

His voice is getting stronger every day, and he’s sounding just like Buddy is supposed to sound…GOOD!!!!!

THANKS TO ALL FOR THE PRAYERS, THOUGHTS, EMAILS, AND CARDS!!!! They mean so much to all of us!!!

Buddy still has quite a bit of recovering to do, but all the reports are great and getting better everyday!!”

Marvelous news. Here’s hoping for much more of the same!

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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.