JD takes a spill

We have just learned that banjo pioneer JD Crowe took a fall last night as he was stepping off the bus en route to the Joe Val festival in Framingham, MA. A quick trip to the hospital revealed that his arm was broken in two places.

We will post further updates as we get more details.

UPDATE 6:30 p.m. – It turns out that Crowe broke both his left elbow, and his left humerus bone.

The band had made a brief pit stop in Youngstown, OH and JD slipped while exiting the bus. When he fell, his full weight landed on his left arm.

They turned the bus around and headed back to Lousiville, where they put an interim cast on his arm just to get him back home. Surgery on the arm was expected to have been performed today.

No word yet about how long he will be out, or whether the band will have to cancel any additional shows.

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  • spdlab

    I’ve known Shannon since we were both in about the 1st or 2nd grade. Great to see him doing so well and love his work. 🙂

  • Thanks for the update. Our prayers for a speedy recovery are with JD.

  • This is the 2nd year in a row when unforeseeable circumstances have forced J.D. to have to cancel his appearance as Saturday night closer at Joe Val. The year before that Daley & Vincent couldn’t get here because of snow.

    Boston Bluegrass Union was lucky to get Danny Paisley to hit the road and get here in time to fill in. The short notice forced him to look for a sub on banjo, but fortunately Ron Stewart was here with the Boxcars and he ended up pulling double-duty.

    We hope J.D. makes a speedy recovery. I sure hope he doesn’t start feeling jinxed about booking this festival and will make it up next year.