Statement from Marty Raybon

Marty Raybon had to cancel his scheduled appearance yesterday at the Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival in Virginia. He is hospitalized in Nashville, but hopes to be released soon.

He has released a statement about his condition.

“Hello to all my Bluegrass fans around the country.

If you have not heard by now, I am battling prostate cancer. My doctor and I feel the outlook at this point in time looks really positive and I plan on being back on my feet going strong in 2011. I have been battling this for the last three months and had surgery on the 24th of August and everything went great!

However, I was on my way to one of the best festivals of the year…(Nothing Fancy’s Bluegrass Festival) when I starting getting very weak and very sick. I was rushed back to the doctor and he immediately put me back in the hospital at Vanderbilt. I am fighting an infection from the surgery and should be out in a couple of days.

I was wanting to keep this matter private because there are a lot of other families going through a lot worse things than I am at this time. I wanted to stop any rumors that there was something a lot worse wrong with me, so that’s why I regretfully bring this to your attention.

Thank you for your deep concern and your prayers. Pray for our country and our troops fighting for all of us!”

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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.