‘Pickin’ For Phil’ Takes Place April 1st in Bristol
Benefit for Bluegrass Dobroist Phil Leadbetter coming to Paramount Center for the Arts Sunday, April 1, 2012
A large cast of friends and fellow musicians will host a special Cancer Treatment Benefit Bluegrass Show for well-known Dobro artist, Phil Leadbetter, at The Paramount Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 1. The concert called “A Pickin’ for Phil” will include two great shows, one at 3:00 p.m., and another at 7:30 p.m. The all-star line up includes Tim Stafford (of Blue Highway), Dale Ann Bradley, Mike Bub, Michael Cleveland, Missy Raines, Kim Fox, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Jim Hurst, Julie & John Pennell, Gena Britt, Don Rigsby, Steve Gulley, Donna Ulisse, Rick Stanley, Justin Moses, Jason Burleson and Larry Cordle. Tickets are $20.00 per show, are on sale now, and are available by calling the Paramount Center at 423-274-8920 Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are also available online at www.etix.com. This concert is presented locally with support from Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.
Phil Leadbetter has a long list of career accomplishments in the Bluegrass genre, including a Grammy nomination, and several International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations for Dobro Player of the Year, and won this prestigious title in 2006. During his musical career, Leadbetter has performed at the White House and other special events across the U.S., and played with the late Grandpa Jones, and Vern Gosdin. Leadbetter was also a member of J.D. Crowe & The New South, Wildfire and the group, Grasstowne. Most recently, Leadbetter was performing with Grand Ole Opry stars, The Whites, an American country music group.
In 2011, Leadbetter was diagnosed with Classic Hodgkins Lymphoma, and has been undergoing treatment to date. All proceeds from this benefit will be donated to help with medical expenses. The Bristol concert is one of several events hosted by the Bluegrass community in different areas of the country. In addition to these concerts, the public may make a secure donation online at www.unclephilfund.com. Pinecastle Music has also offered to donate all proceeds from the sales of select titles to benefit Phil Leadbetter. Visit their website at pinecastlemusic.com to see a list of those titles.
The detailed press release for this event contributed by promoter and member of Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Larry Gorley, can be read in it’s entirety on our website at www.localgrass.com.
We hope you’ll all join us in Bristol on April 1 for this big event. And as always, we hope you’ll tune us in each & every Sunday night on 90.7 FM WEHC from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia. This week we’re re-airing The Bluegrass Scholars, a fine traditional band we recorded last year when they performed at Bellamy Hardware in Surgoinsville, TN
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