Lewis Family lays it down

The Lewis FamilyThe news (here and here) this morning out of Georgia is that the First Family of Bluegrass has decided to call it quits.

The Lewis Family has been playing Bluegrass and Gospel music for over half a century, but with family members aging and some experiencing failing health, the group has decided their final show will be on September 5, 2009.

It’s not an easy decision to make, but retirement does have some benefits according to Janis Lewis Phillips.

"I’m going to get the kitchen fixed," Phillips said. "We’re getting all new appliances."

The old Lewis Family home place is currently being restored and converted into a museum. I’m sure the family members won’t entirely disappear from the scene, but I’m sure they will be missed by fans around the country at festivals next year.