Don Wayne Reno on the Adcocks

Don Wayne RenoWe received a note over the weekend from Don Wayne Reno, son of banjo legend Don Reno, and a fine five string stylist in his own right. He wanted to share a few words in response to our piece last month on the financial struggles Eddie and Martha Adcock are currently experiencing.

As we mentioned in June, a combination of Eddie’s medical issues and an unexpected drop in bookings for 2014 have put he and Martha in a tenuous position. They tell us that things look much better for next year, but that keeping their heads above water this summer will be difficult. We can’t have a banjo legend living like that.

Here’s Don Wayne’s plea for the Adcocks…

Eddie Adcock and Don Wayne Reno“Hello friends, I wanted to say a few words about some very dear friends of mine, Eddie and Martha Adcock. I met them when I was just 13 years old at Camp Springs, North Carolina and we have been family ever since.

Eddie is a living American treasure, as we all well know. He has contributed to some of the best banjo music that has ever been played

Aside from being excellent musicians, they have proven to be two of the most compassionate people I know. They were always the first to help me when I was struggling to get by, and I owe them a great debt for that. They have been hosting a benefit for the homeless here in Nashville for the last 14 years and have participated in numerous charitable events throughout their careers.

Eddie and Martha AdcockNow I could talk all day about these fine people and all of their accomplishments, but there’s another reason for writing this. Eddie and Martha need help from their fans and the bluegrass community. Eddie’s health has slowed him down and medical bills have put an enormous strain on their finances, but he is still determined to push forward.

I am asking for contributions to see them through this tough time. If we all gave a little, it would mean a whole lot.”

If you can spare a few dollars, it will be greatly appreciated.

Checks can be sent, made out to the Eddie and Martha Adcock Fund, to the following address:

Eddie and Martha Adcock Fund
PO Box 941
Franklin, TN 37065

… or you can use the PayPal button below to make a donation online.

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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.