Dave Denman on the mend

Another member of the bluegrass community on the mend is popular Indiana musician Dave Denman, who is at home recovering from triple bypass surgery. Among Dave’s claims to fame is being the mandolin/guitar player with the original version of Union Station, from which Alison Krauss emerged to become a mega-star.

Dave continues to perform, and is also known for the clever instrumental tunes he composes.

His wife Cindy tells us that his heart problems came on suddenly.

“On Labor day weekend we went camping with the kids. Dave had a ‘spell’ and had heaviness in his chest. He went to rest and the heaviness left. He had had a couple of these, and thought it was just the heat and all. Well… he had a bad one on Monday (Labor Day) and decided that I should call the Doctor on Tuesday, and they got him right in.”

Cindy said they got Dave in for a stress test that week, which showed some areas of concern, and he was scheduled for a heart cauterization the following week.

“The cath was a nighmare. They couldn’t go through his leg so they went through his arm, and found he had not only two arteries 100% blocked, and one that is 50% blocked, but that his legs also have blockage – another issue for a later time and doctor.”

The surgery went perfectly, and Dave made it home today. He will have the next 6-8 weeks to recuperate before heading back to work.

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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.