• Phil Leadbetter cancer update page

    As regular readers are well aware, we have chronicled Phil Leadbetter's aggressive battle against non-Hodgkins lymphoma this past few years, from the time of his first diagnosis in 2011, through his successful stem cell surgery in 2012, to the return of

  • Phil Leadbetter Makes The Next Move

    Imagine turning 49 years old, being diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer, and wondering if you’ll live long enough to start getting AARP pitches in the mail a year later. Imagine, as a professional musician, being told by your doctor

  • Welcome Grayson Leadbetter

    Young Grayson Matthew Leadbetter, born September 8 at 9:03 p.m., comes into this world with quite a bluegrass pedigree. His parents are Matt Leadbetter, former reso-guitarist with Lonesome River Band, Marty Raybon, and Brand New Strings, and his wife Ashley. That also

  • Phil Leadbetter health update

    All of bluegrass rejoiced with the news that Phil Leadbetter, celebrated reso-guitarist, had defeated his cancer after a successful stem cell transplant two years ago. And we were all crestfallen when he announced in June of this year that the cancer,

  • Phil Leadbetter ready for round two

    Within the close-knit community of bluegrass musicians, there are few figures as widely beloved as Phil Leadbetter. This prominent reso-guitarist has worked at the top levels of our music, touring with J.D. Crowe while also handling his booking arrangements for

  • New projects from Pinecastle this year

    Pinecastle Records' Ethan Burkhardt shared some news today about what they have in the pipeline for 2014. They have just recently released a new CD for bassist/vocalist Matt Wallace, and had previously announced one coming from reso-man Phil Leadbetter and

  • Debut single from Phil Leadbetter

    Pinecastle has released a debut single from Phil Leadbetter's upcoming album, The Next Move. It's a new song from Paula Breedlove and Brad Davis called I'm A Ramblin' Rolling Stone. Featured are John Cowan on lead vocals with Sam Bush singing harmony,

  • Eagerly Awaited Music for 2014

    ...back Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen This band just keeps getting better. The unit’s debut release for Compass Records, On The Edge, is still getting plenty of airplay, and a pair of IBMA awards (banjo player of the year for Mike Munford

  • The Next Move update from Uncle Phil

    We just received an update, and some great studio photos, from Phil Leadbetter. He has been working this past several months at Eagle Canyon Studios in Lebanon, TN on a new solo project, engineered and co-produced by Steve Thomas. Phil tells us that

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