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April 3, 2003
Lynn Morris, of "Lynn Morris" band has suffered a stroke after complications from knee surgery. Unknown the severity of the stroke ,or her condition at this time. More later when I hear.

APRIL 13 , 2003

Morris' agent, Mike Drudge of Class Act Entertainment, issued a public statement about her condition on April 4th. "Lynn had knee replacement surgery a week ago Monday. She was recovering well, however she suffered a stroke several days later. Marshall [Willborn, Morris' spouse] is happy to report that Lynn continues to make daily tremendous strides of improvement, and we are all optimistic for a strong recovery. Lynn is in good spirits and thanks everyone for their well wishes, and is eager to and determined to be well soon. Marshall is requesting any cards and well wishes be mailed to:
Lynn Morris
c/o Jack Leiderman;
PO Box 10475;
Rockville, MD 20849.


Pickin' for Lynn--a fun fund-raiser!
Save this date: Wednesday, June 25, 6:30pm-9pm. Where: Kensington, MD. The D.C. Bluegrass Union will join forces with Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer to host a fundraiser for Lynn Morris. As a result of surgery on March 24, Lynn Morris suffered a stroke. She did not sustain any paralysis or cognitive injury and is continually making progress. She does have health insurance, but it does not cover all of the related expenses, or the loss of income due to lost gigs.
MAY 6 , 2003

Lynn Morris made a surprise visit to Sunday's Apple Blossom Bluegrass Festival in Winchester, VA. She looks great although a bit tired (wonder why!!), and speaks somewhat slowly after concentrating a bit on what you are saying. But from all appearances Lynn's recuperating quite well, and her mental attitude toward getting back on stage is strong. Lynn must have spent at least two hours at the record table for her band that the committee allowed hubby Marshall Wilborn and band friends to host (The Lynn Morris Band had been booked to play). Before the Apple Blossom Bluegrass Fest kicked off for the day, Marshall had me read the following: "Lynn Morris suffered a stroke on March 27 following knee surgery three days earlier. She's now recuperating at home and doing very well but was unable to be a part of the festival today. She is very much looking forward to returning to music as soon as possible."

JUNE 13 ,2003

We did get a good update on Lynn. The original prognosis was horrible, but she has been making great progress in spite of their original assessment. She is up and about and playing her guitar--but, only able to hum, not sing. Marshall said she had real problems with speaking. However (we actually ran into him at breakfast on Friday morn), he said he had just called Lynn. When she saw it was him on the caller ID, she picked up the phone and said, "Hello Marshall, how are you doing?"--and he was thrilled. So, that was apparently a big step forward (he didn't say how clearly/easily she was able to speak, though). They're still hoping that she will fully recover and get back out on the road. But, I get the feeling that may take a lot longer than anyone wants to admit. We're hoping for the best and praying for her full recovery. It just breaks our heart. By the way, you need to get their new album if you haven't bot it, yet. Title cut, Shape of A Tear, is quite a song--and the rest of the album is excellent, too.

IF ANYONE HAS MORE UPDATES, PLEASE EMAIL ME , AND LET ME KNOW.

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NASHVILLE, TN :
James Monroe, only surviving child of Bill Monroe, the legendary Father of Bluegrass music, announced today that he is donating his father's beloved Gibson mandolin to the village of Rosine, KY. Rosine is the birthplace of the senior Monroe who is buried in the village's tiny cemetery. "After much soul searching I think this is the right thing to do," said Monroe. Earlier he had agreed to sell the Lloyd Loar-crafted instrument to the Bill Monroe Foundation for $1.5 million. Actually the mandolin will be sold to Rosine for the sum of one dollar for legal purposes, Monroe reported. "I also plan to purchase Daddy's log cabin home up in Goodlettsville, Tennessee and have it moved to Rosine. I'll be using it as a summer home and maybe if I can get it secure enough I'll display the mandolin in there." The bluegrass and traditional country music world is happily astonished at this turn of events; many of Monroe's fans were concerned that it would be sold to a private party and disappear from public view. Kevin Lynch, a Connecticut resident who also owns a Loar mandolin, is so pleased with Monroe's generosity that he's considering showing his appreciation by giving his valuable instrument as a gift to Monroe. "I always knew that James had it in him," Lynch reported. Final plans for bringing the mandolin to Rosine are incomplete at this time

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March 14 , 2003

Clinton Caroon (of The Saltgrass Band) is in Conroe,Texas Hospital CCU with heart problems. He had gone to the doctor's office for a stress test and had cardiac arrest. After examination, the doctor stated no new damage observed and will treat it with medication. Please place him on your prayer list.
Jim Lowery

UPDATE APRIL 25 , 2003

Clinton doing well, and up picking with the band again.If you want to send a card, his home address is:
Clinton Caroon
9185 Narcille
Conroe, Tx. 77384

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March 4 , 2003

Jim Lowery's mother(bass player for the Saltgrass band ) passed away this morning, Please say a prayer for the Lowery Family and keep them in your thoughts at this time of sorrow. I will always remember Mrs. Lowery as the little lady with a big smile on her face every time she saw he son Jim on stage. She was Jim's favorite fan. If you were to look at her from stage and Jim was singing lead on a song or doing M.C. work for the band, Mrs. Lowery was on the edge of her seat just so she could see or hear her son. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. As Jim would always say to us. She is a real trooper. So please keep them in your thoughts and I will keep you posted when I receive any word from Jim. Jim, God bless you and we love you and your family.

Jimmy Fischer

SALTGRASS BAND

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HELP PLEASE,
My 1994 Custom Funk Guitar serial # 51 was stolen at Fountainhead Lodge this past weekend and I would like to ask everyone if you would keep your eye out for it.The guitar was in a tweed case that had a yellow sticker on the front side of it saying will pick. (used to say will pick for food) Also could I impose on you and ask you to please foward this email to any Bluegrass contacts that you might have? I don't think any musician is responsible for the theft, I think it was just a common thief who was there to see what they could steal. This guitar looks like a Martin D-18 and only says Funk on the peghead and dots in the fingerboard.There are 2 pearl dots inlayed in the bridge,one on each side. There are only 2 of these guitars in the state of OK. and I know where the other one is but.........I really don't think it will show up in Ok. Thanks for your effort in helping me locate this guitar. I'm offering a $500.00 reward to anyone that can help me recover this guitar.

Don Thomas

Don Thomas
Thomas Custom Banjos
www.banjosusa.com
The Arbuckles Bluegrass Band
405-273-8578

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DIXIE CHICKS, NICKEL CREEK, DOC WATSON TAKE GRAMMYS
The Chicks have proven that an acoustic recording, much of which is bluegrass or a bluegrass rooted, can tear up the charts and dominate the country music segment of the Grammy Awards. The Chicks won Best Country Album for Home,Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Long Time Gone, Lil' Jack Slade took Best Country Instrumental Performance, and the Home CD itself won Best Recording Package. Nickel Creek took home Best Contemporary Folk Album for This Side.The Best Traditional Folk Album was Legacy by Doc Watson & David Holt. Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys were awarded Best Bluegrass Album for Lost In The Lonesome Pines.

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Mitchell Land , a Texas Bluegrass pioneer and legend , died Feb. 19 , 2003 from a heart attack. His "Stone Mt. Boys" band was one of the best. It included Ed Shelton, Byron Berline , "Tootie" Williams , and others in the late 60's and early 70's. Many believe he was the best mandolin player to come out of Texas. He was living in Missouri at the time of his death , but buried in Dallas/Ft.worth area.

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Dear Friends Of the Bluegrass Community:
I thought you might like to know that Kenneth [Kenny] C. Boyer 39 died Tuesday, February 18, 2003, in Ft. Worth. He is the youngest son of our Bluegrass Friends, Ray and Nancy Boyer. I know they would covet your prayers during this time of sorrow.
Thanks, Alvie Ivey

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Pauline "Mom" Lewis Pauline Lewis, matriarch of the Lewis Family, died on February 8, 2003, at the age of 92. Visitation was at Rees Funeral Home, Lincolnton, GA Sunday February 10th. The funeral was on Monday, February 11th at the Hephzibah Baptist Church in Lincolnton, with burial in the Hephzibah Baptist Church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Lewis Family Pavilion Fund (c/o Edward McCurry 940 Ellenboro - Henrietta Rd. Ellenboro, NC 28040) or Hephzibah Baptist Church (1750 Hephzibah Church Road Lincolnton, GA 30817). We will all miss her.

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Hylo Brown
Bluegrass Pioneer Hylo Brown passed away on January 17, at the age of 80.

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Joe Meadows
Joe Meadows, fiddle player on some of the Stanley Brothers' most important recording, died on February 8, 2003 of a heart attack.

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Ginger Evans , picker and singer from the Austin , Tx. area.lost her youngest son, Shawn, in an auto accident in Hays County Tx. She was living in Arizona but has come back to Texas to take care of her other son, Jeffrey, who was injured in the accident. Shawn's memorial service will be at All Saints Episcopal Church near the U.T. Campus Saturday Jan. 18 ,2003 ,at 3:30PM.

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TUES. DEC. 31 ,2002
Jim McReynolds
Jim McReynolds of Grand Ole Opry members Jim & Jesse, died of cancer on December 31, 2002. He was buried at the family cemetary in Virginia on January 4. He was 75 .His wife just died last week .

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Buzz Buzby
Buzz Buzby, pioneer bluegrass musican on the Washington DC music scene, died on January 5, 2003 of cardiac arrest. He had been in failing health for a number of years.

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Doyle Lawson is rapidly recovering from quadruple bypass surgery performed on August 12 , 2002. We wish Doyle a speedy recovery. Opal Hood,wife of Joe Hood,passed away May 31 , 2002.
Joe was the banjo player for the old Lambert Bros.and Tri-counties Band for many years.
No details at this time.

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MARCH 9 , 2002

UPDATE ON WILLARD AND MARIE COX

Marie is up and going.Willard is still confined to wheelchair , but is donig fair except for pain.He has opened an instrument repair shop at his house. He repairs fiddles , guitars etc. and rehairs bows. He played Carnegie Hall awhile back with the kids.He would like some business if you have some repair work.

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Doc Hamilton , from Bowling Green Ky.(formerly from Austin , Tx.) just got home from surgery after about a week in Vanderbilt Univ. Medical Ctr. in Nashville TN. His oral surgeon in Bowling Green had cut a little carcinoma out from under his tongue (back there where he'd chinned the dern fiddle for 30 years) but wanted to be sure she got it all. They sliced his neck took out some lymph nodes and a salivary gland, and some more tissue around where the original tumor was.

From Doc

First reports are good, no more cancer cells anywhere. We're waiting for the final pathology report now. Needless to say, my fiddle days are over, but I'm having fun picking bass with some folks up here, and of course, singing with my darling.

GENE WOOTEN DIES
Our good friend, Gene Wooten... long time member of The Osborne Brothers Band and 8 time SPBGMA Dobro Player Of The Year, quietly passed November 7, 2001 at 1:42 AM. Central time. Gene had been fighting a long term illness for the past 5+ years. We’ll miss his friendship and incredible dobro playing. God’s speed and rest in peace, Gene.

From Station Inn Web page.


Ernest "Hoss" King of Leon Valley Bluegrass passed away August 16 ,2001.
He will be sorely missed by his many friends ,fans and family.He has been a major influence in the Bluegrass community of Texas for many years.He was your friend and mine, and a good man and musician-singer , that believed in all the good things in life.He died of a heart attack while camping on Lake Belton ,Texas.
He is gone now, but his music will never die.
He is jamming with the best now !
God Bless you Hoss,and save us a seat ,we'll join you shortly.

Cards may be sent to...

Ernest King Family
126 Wolfe Rd.
Copperas Cove, TX 76522-1907
Phone-254-547-4797

Email here

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Johnny Russel , songwriter and Grand Ole Opry star
died July 3 ,2001 at his home from cancer.He was 61.

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CHET ATKINS PASSED AWAY JUNE 30, 2001 FROM CANCER.
Although he wasn't a bluegrass picker, he influenced many young pickers in his time. He will be greatly missed in the country music circles. He was inducted into the country music hall of fame before his 50th birthday.He was a master of his trade.He was 77 years of age.

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UPDATE DEC. 8 , 01

SAW CAROL YARBORO ON DEC. 8 , 01 AT LEON VALLEY XMAS PARTY.SHE'S DOING GREAT AFTER BOTH HIPS WERE REPLACED ON JULY 17 , 01! STILL USING A CANE BUT EXPECTS TO THROW IT AWAY IN LATE DECEMBER.
TOM

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John Hartford 1937-2001

John Hartford passed away at 5pm, June 4, 2001. His last performance was April 7, 2001 at the Old Settler's Music Festival in Dripping Springs, Texas. We are saddened greatly by the loss. At around 5:00 p.m. , June 4th, 2001, after a long struggle with cancer, John Hartford passed away at his home in Madison, TN For the last several weeks, John had been joined at his home by his family and friends telling stories and reliving a wonderful life. He enjoyed having some of his musical heroes play old songs and recount stories of "show business". Although he could no longer join in, he delighted in listening to the music that he so dearly loved and spent a lifetime creating. What more can you say about a man who touched so many. Rest in peace, John Hartford.
JOHN'S WEB PAGE HERE.

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Sandra Watts,wife of Jerry Watts Leon Valley bass player,has suffered a heart attack.She is doing well after angioplasty and a stint in one artery.No apparent heart damage.

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Mary Pat Eaves,wife of Don Eaves of Hickory Hill band, has recently suffered a stroke,but seems to be doing well and in therapy now.

UPDATE JUNE,26-10
Mary Pat had a stroke on March 14. It affected the cerebellum (back part of the brain), which controls balance, vision, etc. She spent 5 days in the hospital, a week as an inpatient in the rehab. hospital, and did out-patient rehab. for another month. She has made very good progress and is able to do virtually everything she did before, but slower! She wasn't able to return to her 1st grade class this school year, but plans to return to teaching in August. We have had wonderful support from our friends, family, church family and bluegrass family during this time, and want to let everyone know how much we appreciate their prayers, thoughts, and well-wishes!
Don and Mary Pat Eaves

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Benny Martin passed away March 13 ,01. Benny was 72 when he died apparently of congestive heart failure. He was one of the greatest fiddlers ever.Many people tried to copy his style,but he was in a class of his own.Many thought he had no peer.He will be greatly missed in the Bluegrass community.

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Randall Hylton Died Monday morning March 19, 2001 Bluegrass songwriter Randall Hylton dies at 55. Randall James Hylton, an accomplished bluegrass songwriter and performer, died Monday morning at St. Thomas Hospital after suffering an aneurysm. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Harris Hylton; a son, Blake H. Hylton, both of Madison; and his mother, Ilene Cox Hylton, Floyd, Va.

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From Cotton Ginnee and Windy Mills

"Our mother was in a very severe accident. She has undergone surgery twice & will be operated on again Monday.She was run over by her van & dragged 15 ft.We are requesting prayers."
Thank you, Cotton Ginnee & Windy Mills"

UPDATE...
Martha has now had 4 surgeries , and still recovering.

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Dick Brown,old picker from Carthage,Tx.is back home after prostate surgery and seems to be doing doing O.K.
Click here to send Dick mail.

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Lonnie Glosson, legendary harmonica player, died of congestive heart failure in his home. He was 90 years old on Valentine's day. He will be missed and long remembered.

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Wilma Lee Cooper has suffered a stroke.
Need update on Wilma if anyone can help !

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Lee Bridgewater of Burleson,Tx.died Feb. 25. We will miss him.
He was an old dear friend to us that knew him and to the Bluegrass and Old Time fiddling community.
He was one of the originators of one of the first Bluegrass clubs in Texas "Texas Bluegrass Assoc.", in the early 70's. A good fiddler,and always a promoter of the music he loved.

Cards-letters may be sent to:
Lee Bridgewater Family
P.O.Box 1201
Burleson ,Tx. 76028

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Gov. Jimmy Davis passed away in his sleep on November 5 ,2000.He was 101 years of age.He wrote over 400 songs in his lifetime,and many have become standards in the country and bluegrass field.He still performed some on stage until last year.He will be missed by all who knew him,but his music will never die.

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TROY CASTLEBERRY, ORIGINATOR, LEADER, MANDOLIN PICKER FOR
"TENNESSEE GENTLEMEN" BAND
DIED JULY 12 , 2000
AT HIS HOME IN MEMPHIS , TN.

Troy will be geatly missed by his many fans , and friends.His dry wit , and great talent,were among the best to ever play the music.
He always managed to put together a great group of talented musicians.We will miss you Troy.

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DOYLE SHERRILL,POPULAR BLUEGRASS MCEE
PASSED AWAY JUNE 29 2000.
HE WAS ALSO THE FORMER BASS PLAYER FOR THE OLD EARLS BROS.BAND AMONG OTHERS.
HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY THE BLUEGRASS COMMUNITY,AND MANY FRIENDS.
CARDS AND LETTERS MAY BE SENT TO-

DOYLE SHERRILL FAMILY
902 N. CARRIER
GRAND PRAIRIE,TX.75050

PHONE-972-264-8711.

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ED SHELTON , LEON VALLEY BANJO PLAYER,PASSED AWAY ON DEC. 31 1999

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JIMMY GODWIN,GUITAR PLAYER,AND FIDDLER FOR "HICKORY HILL"
PASSED AWAY SUDDENLY ON FEB. 24 , 2000 AT HIS HOME.
A MEMORIAL FUND HAS BEEN SET UP AT
Jimmy Godwin Memorial Fund
c/o First State Bank, P.O. Drawer 70, Overton Tx. 75684.
HE HAD NO LIFE INSURANCE,AND HIS FAMILY COULD USE SOME HELP.

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Don Wiley of Jonesville, Louisiana passed away on Feb 8.
He died due to pneumonia and conjestive heart failure.
He was 66, years old. He and his band "Louisiana Grass" entertained crowds with fine Bluegrass for many years.
Don will be greatly missed.
The band will continue to work under the name.
CLICK HERE FOR LA.GRASS WEB PAGE

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John Carver, who produced the Festival at Queen City, Tx died March 6 ,2000
His show will continue.

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Betty Foster, (Rolan's wife), passed away on March 14 ,2000 at a Longview,Tx. hospital at the age of 47.
Rolan was a "Hickory Hill" band member before his death.

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FLOYD SALMON (OWNER OF SALMON LAKE PARK AT GRAPELAND TX.)
IS RECOVERING AT HOME FROM HEART BY-PASS SURGERY.
HE IS DOING WELL AFTER 5 BY-PASSES.

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JOSH GRAVES RECENTLY LOST A LEG FROM POOR CIRCULATION.
THEY ARE HAVING BENEFIT SHOWS TO HELP WITH HIS MOUNTING MEDICAL BILLS

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PAUL WOOLDRIDGE , BUILDER OF "WOOLDRIDGE" MANDOLINS
PASSED AWAY MAY 10 ,2000.

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