Don Rigsby profiled on

We posted last month about the new CD by Don Rigsby & Midnight Call, Hillbilly Heartache. did a nice feature on Don over the weekend, where they discuss his career in bluegrass music with such headliners as The Bluegrass Cardinals, J.D. Crowe & The New South and Lonesome River Band before striking out on his own.

Don also spoke of his early exposure to the music:

For his sixth birthday, his parents took him to Ashland, Ky., for a Ralph Stanley concert. Rigsby’s father happened to know the band’s singer, Keith Whitley, who hoisted the child on his shoulders and took him backstage to meet the man himself.

“I’ll never forget that,” says Rigsby, now 38. “Ralph was so gracious and kind, and he’s always been my friend ever since. He never forgot me! Ralph’s nearing 80 years old, and I’m going to be 40 in a couple of years, and we’re friends from the time I was 6. Never did he forget me, never ever, ever. That’s pretty profound.”

Read the whole article on, where you can also hear some audio samples from the new CD – unless you are on a Mac.

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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.