We have learned that Steve Dilling, banjo picker with IIIrd Tyme Out, was taken to hospital yesterday (4/5) for emergency gall bladder surgery. Early reports are that he fared well and is doing fine.
It is possible that Steve will be able to return home later today.
We will update through the day as we get more information.
UPDATE 3:15 p.m. – We reached IIIrd Tyme Out bandleader Russell Moore, who shared this information about Steve’s condition:
“Although this was an unscheduled surgery, it is a very routine procedure. Steve is doing well and depending on how he feels will be coming home either later today or in the morning. The band is playing a private show this weekend, and do have someone to fill in for Steve. A full and quick recovery is expected and Steve will be back on the road after this weekend for our scheduled performances.”
Russell also mentioned a special show they will be playing this weekend.
“We would like to let everyone know that the band will be performing a benefit show for the family of Ray Jones on Saturday, April 10th along with Don Rigsby and Midnight Call, Nightflyer and The All American Bluegrass Band. Ray passed away recently from cancer.
Here’s is the information on the benefit show:
Wayne County Coon Hunters Association
4279 South State Road
Milton, IN 47357
$20 donations will be accepted at the door/all proceeds will go towards funeral expenses.”
UPDATE 8:30 p.m. – We just heard from Stephanie Dilling, Steve’s daughter, who shared some more information on her dad’s condition.
“He’s still in a lot of pain but he’s doing good. They want to keep him for another night, so he’ll be going home tomorrow unless he still feels a lot of pain.
The doctor said it was the biggest gallbladder he’s ever seen! He gave us a picture of it and it’s twice the size it’s supposed to be. They said it’s going to be about a two week recovery, but after that he’ll be back to normal and will be able to go on the road again.”
Cards and well wishes can be sent to:
1416 Harvey Johnson Road
Raleigh, NC 27603