Buddy Merriam to undergo surgery

Noted bluegrass mandolin artist, bandleader, and radio host Buddy Merriam will be having quadruple heart bypass surgery today (October 16, 2017).

Surgery will take place at the Stony Brook Medical Center, (currently known as Stony Brook University Hospital), in Stony Brook, New York.

The doctors say that his heart is strong and the prognosis is excellent.

Kathy DeVine, guitarist with Buddy Merriam & Back Roads, asks that we all keep Buddy close in our thoughts today.

“I believe in the collective Spirit, whatever it is for each and every one of you, to keep him close in mind, in heart and prayer.”

Well-wishers can mail cards to:

Buddy Merriam
PO Box 862
Sound Beach, NY 11789

Get well soon, Buddy!

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.