Raymond Fairchild recovering at home

Raymond Fairchild - photo by Diana Benfield BeebeBluegrass banjo icon Raymond Fairchild is doing well, recuperating at home after undergoing surgery last week. Some complications arose following the surgery, but he is out of the hospital and resting comfortably.

At nearly 77 years of age, Raymond has been suffering from atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeats, but his treatment last week was unrelated to that.

Bluegrass fans love Raymond for his many recordings with The Crowe Brothers, and his management of The Maggie Valley Opry in North Carolina where he performs on the weekends during the spring and summer months. His rendition of the classic banjo tune, Whoa Mule, is a highlight of every show.

Fairchild shared a message today with friends and fans online.

“I want to thank each and everyone for all their thoughts, prayers, messages, calls and so forth. I am back home recuperating and if the good Lord’s willing I hope to see you all this summer in Maggie Valley. We will be opening the first weekend in April. May God bless!”

Get well soon, Raymond. Bluegrass music isn’t finished with you yet!

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