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Leadbetter leaves Grasstowne

Saturday, February 13, 2010 – Phil Leadbetter announced Saturday he was leaving bluegrass band Grasstowne for both musical and non-musical interests. Leadbetter, who plays Dobro, did not specify what those interests were. The group released two CDs on the now-shuttered Pinecastle Records label.

In an email Leadbetter said, "I want to announce that today, I am stepping down as a member and partner in the band Grasstowne. I started this band along with my friends Steve Gulley and Alan Bibey in December 2006. I have had a good run of 3 years and 2 successful CDs here, but I have decided to pursue a few others interests."

"Some of these are musical, and some are non-musical. It just seems like the right time, and I didn't want to leave the guys hanging during the upcoming festival season. This will allow plenty of time for a replacement to be found."

"I have really enjoyed working with Alan, Steve and Jason (Davis) as well as Lee Sawyer, Jamey Booher, Travis Greer and Dale Perry who have also been members of the band. Thanks to everyone who has supported me and been a friend."

Leadbetter has been a member of JD Crowe & the New South and Wildfire. His 2005 solo release, "Slide Effects," was named the International Bluegrass Music Association's Instrumental Album of the Year.

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