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 it has been a blast being back in the studio, after losing much of 2011-2012 undergoing what was ultimately successful treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

band“The album will be titled The Next Move, and will be released on Pinecastle Records. This will be be my 7th recording with them ( 2 solo, 3 with Wildfire and 2 with Grasstowne).

This is a project I hoped to do if I survived cancer – a project with many of my heroes. I guess you would call it a ‘bucket list’ thing.

The first single to be released hopefully next month will be I’m A Ramblin’ Rolling Stone, written by Brad Davis and Paula Breedlove. This tune will feature John Cowan on lead vocals, and Sam Bush on mandolin and harmony vocals. There will be a Gospel single release to follow that will feature a duet with Marty Raybon and Joe Diffie.

Musicians so far on the sessions are:

  • Jerry Douglas
  • Rob Ickes
  • Mike Bub
  • Shawn Camp
  • Steve Wariner
  • Joe Diffie
  • Marty Raybon
  • Sam Bush
  • Sierra Hull
  • Ken Mellons
  • Kenny Smith
  • Cory Walker
  • John Cowan
  • Jake Stargel
  • Jim Hurst
  • Steve Thomas
  • Paul Brewster
  • Charlie Cushman
  • Jarrod Walker”

Sounds like one heck of a record, but the best news of all is this…

Phil Leadbetter with fellow cancer survivor Sam Bush“I am 100% free of cancer, and doing better every day.

I’m excited to be getting the chance to record with some of the greatest musicians I have ever known.”

Here are a few studio snaps of the sessions so far.


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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.