Fiddler Earl Murphy of Athens, Georgia, suffered a heart attack on October 10. His friend Nancy Hartness reports that Earl was soon back home and fiddling, and is doing well. Well-wishes can be sent to him at 160 Hunnicutt Dr., Athens, GA 30606.
Norris Bennet, a banjo, dulcimer, and guitar player and singer who is a member of the Ebony Hillbillies, has recently been hospitalized at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Richmond Hill, New York.
Banjo player Eddie Adcock made medical and musical history in August during the course of his treatment for a hand tremor at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Adcock underwent deep brain stimulation surgery to implant electrodes into his brain, and while the doctors worked to fine-tune the electrodes, Adcock, who was conscious throughout the surgery, played his banjo to monitor the state of his motor skills. A film of the procedure has become a 150,000-plus-hit sensation on YouTube. Best of luck to Eddie and his family during his continued treatment and recovery.
Bill Birchfield of Tennessee’s Roan Mountain Hilltoppers was hospitalized in December. We hear that he is doing better and wish him continued recovery.