John Miller to do battle with cancer

John MillerJohn Miller has been playing and singing bluegrass since he was old enough to hold a guitar in East Tennessee. Living now in Christiansburg, VA, he’s done stints with Bill Emerson, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, and Tim & Savannah Finch in recent years, and is currently working with The Travelers.

John has also done a good bit of production and engineering, and is a strong songwriter and arranger. He and Jesse Brock co-produced Look To The Light for Rick Lang, and was involved in setting many of Rick’s lyrics to music, in addition to playing guitar on most of the tracks.

Yesterday he learned from his doctor that squamous cell carcinoma was found in three lymph nodes in his neck. Miller had previously undergone two surgeries to remove cancerous lesions from his tongue, the most recent just a few weeks ago. A PET scan Tuesday morning revealed that the cancer had spread.

Fortunately his doctors feel confident that a cure is in the offing, and John is set to begin chemo and radiation therapy on July 25. But he will have a rough summer before finding out how successful the treatment will be.

Of course, he won’t be singing or playing guitar for some time, a rough go for a working musician. But John is in good spirits, and is looking forward to the time when he can be on the other side of this issue.

Let’s hope to hear good news on that front soon.

Friends can leave messages of support on John’s Facebook page.

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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.