JD Crowe to miss Festival of the Bluegrass, summer shows

By Matt Wickstrom

JD Crowe

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Health issues that forced legendary banjo player and band leader JD Crowe to retire in 2015 have resurfaced, forcing the artist to cancel his previously announced run of shows throughout the spring and summer including June 8 at the Festival of the Bluegrass on the outskirts of Lexington.

While the problems aren’t currently life-threatening, it’s recommended that the 81-year-old Crowe not take any risks as he battles with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Crowe will miss the following dates. The New South, led by Rickey Wasson, will perform at all the scheduled dates, but without Crowe.

  • June 1 – Graves Mountain Music Festival, Graves Mountain, Va.
  • June 8 – Festival Of The Bluegrass, Lexington, Ky.
  • June 14 – Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival, Bean Blossom, In.
  • July 6 – Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival, Conway, Mo.
  • August 30 – Sam Jam, Piketon, Oh.


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