Pinecastle Records Steps Up To Help Fight Cancer
Normally we don’t like to use this space to further any business enterprise except as it occurs naturally in the course of reviewing a CD for clarification and direction to aid the reader. In this case however, we’re tipping the hat to Pinecastle Records. Dr. Lonnie Lassiter and the entire staff at Pinecastle have made us proud to be a part of the bluegrass community. They’ve shown the world a shining example of how to allow the community to become FAMILY.
Back in 2011 Phil Leadbetter (IBMA’s 2005 dobro player of the year) was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Phil is still fighting what has turned out to be a particularly stubborn cancer. Pinecastle is allowing all proceeds from the four offers below go directly to benefit Phil Leadbetter’s fight against cancer.
More About Phil Leadbetter
There are people who are quick to volunteer their help in a time of need. A person who is always willing to help a friend or even a stranger who is in need of help. One of these people is bluegrass/country musician Phil Leadbetter, he has been helping folks throughout his life as in his earlier years he was a trained head injury rehabilitation nurse. Phil,who left the nursing field and followed his life long dream to become a musician, has backed such artists as the late Grandpa Jones and Vern Gosdin. Uncle Phil, as he is affectionately known, has also been a member of J.D. Crowe & The New South, Wildfire and the group, Grasstowne and who of late was performing with The Whites,an American country music group.
Phil Leadbetter, who is a musician, former nurse, a husband, a parent and a grandparent suffered flu like symptoms last year that wouldn’t go away. Upon going to the doctor and having follow up visits with more doctors was diagonosed with Hodgin’s Lymphomia in February 2010. A cancer found in the lymph nodes, spleen, liver and other sites. Phil is no stranger to cancer as he has lost a dad and a brother to the disease. Upon rounds of chemotheraphy his condition was thought to be under control and he was to enter a stem cell transplant program but a new drug that was given to aid in the process had a reverse effect and the cancer cells were growing one against each other – the same ones thought to be in remission. So, Phil is going through more rounds of chemotheraphy and tests and more medicine and hopes to be able to enter the stem cell transplant program.
But with all these treatments and meds come costs. Phil like a lot of people in the music industry and beyond has no insurance. Though doctors and hospitals have him in programs that are using experimental medicines and programs to help him cut costs the bill are piling up
About Pinecastle Records:
Pinecastle Records was created nearly 22 years ago as a favor to a friend and has since grown into a legendary label with nearly 250 releases in its catalog including titles from some of the most influential musicians in the bluegrass genre such as Eddie Adcock, The Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse and Charlie Waller & The Country Gentlemen. Pinecastle has always placed an emphasis on fostering the talents of bluegrass up and comers and has helped with the growth of the careers of Terry Eldredge, Jesse Brock, Josh Williams, and Kristin Scott Benson, among others. Today, Pinecastle is situated in the mountains of southwestern North Carolina owned by businessman and medical doctor, Lonnie Lassiter.