After being diagnosed with Stage III Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2011, Phil Leadbetter feared that his 37-year career as a touring and performing musician may be over and yet, recognized the immense blessing of having enjoyed that career. The 2005 IBMA Dobro Player of the Year winner sat down and made a “bucket list” of friends and idols in
the music business with whom he’d always wanted to record, or simply wanted to play with once again, if his health would ever allow a return to playing the music he loved.
Phil’s latest album, The Next Move is set to release on October 14th and the guest appearances reads like a Who’s Who of award-winners from Bluegrass, Country and Acoustic music, including: Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, Mike Bub, Shawn Camp, Steve Wariner, Joe Diffie, Marty Raybon, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, Ken Mellons, Kenny Smith, Cory Walker, Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, John Cowan, Jake Stargel, Matt Leadbetter, Jim Hurst, Steve Thomas, Paul Brewster, Con Hunley, Charlie Cushman, Jarrod Walker and more.
Phil will be attending this year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass as a nominee for IBMA Dobro Player of the Year and has also been asked to present the award for “Instrumental of the Year” during the pre-awards show as well.
Oct 3rd: Performance in the CBA Suite with Dale Ann Bradley Band – TBA
Oct 4th: WOB Street Fest @ Martin Street Stage with Dale Ann Bradley Band 6:45-7:45 PM