Memorial Service for Phil Leadbetter 

The Memorial Service for Phil Leadbetter will take place on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, with visitation at New Beverly Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and the service will follow.  

Face coverings are optional. 

NB. This is a change to the original location. 

A private graveside service will take place in Cades Cove, within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, at a later date. 

Award-winning resonator guitar player Phil Leadbetter passed away on October 14, 2021.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.