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  • From Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • One of the top Dobro™ players in bluegrass.
  • At age 14, performed before President Gerald R. Ford at the White House (1976).
  • His father played in a band with Bashful Brother Oswald (of the Grand Ole Opry).
  • Worked as an Intensive Care (ICU) nurse for 12 years.
  • 1975-1981, formed a band called the Knoxville Newgrass Boys.
  • 1982, formed another Knoxville group called New Dawn.
  • 1988-89, worked with Grandpa Jones.
  • 1990, worked with Vern Gosdin.
  • 1991, joined J.D. Crowe and the New South.
  • 1999, released Philibuster album (Rounder).
  • 2000, formed Wildfire with several other members of the New South.
  • 2004, Gibson released “The Phil Leadbetter Signature Gibson Dobro™.”
  • His son Matt is also a Dobro™ player who has worked with the Lonesome River Band, Valerie Smith, Marty Raybon, Brand New Strings and other bands.
  • 2005, won the IBMA award for Dobro™ Player of the Year.
  • 2005, released Slide Effects album (Pinecastle) which won the IBMA Award for Instrumental Album of the Year.
  • 2006, left WildFire to form Grasstowne with Steve Gulley (formerly with Mountain Heart) and Alan Bibey (formerly of BlueRidge).
  • 2010, left Grasstowne to form a new band called Rigsby, Leadbetter and Bennett, with Don Rigsby on mandolin, Richard Bennett on guitar and his son Matt playing bass.
  • 2010, joined The Whites.
  • 2011, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma (a form of cancer) which required Phil to take two years off the road for treatment.
  • 2013, joined the Dale Ann Bradley band.
  • 2014, released solo project The Next Move with guest artists Joe Diffie, Shawn Camp, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Steve Wariner, Marty Raybon, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, and others.
  • 2015, was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2016, left the Dale Ann Bradley band.
  • 2016, formed Flashback, with Richard Bennett, Don Rigsby, Curt Chapman & Stuart Wyrick.
  • 2016, formed Phil Leadbetter And The All-Stars Of Bluegrass.
  • 2017, became the talent buyer for The Bill Monroe Music Park which includes the Beanblossom Bluegrass festival, and The Hall Of Fame Uncle Pen Days Festival.
  • 2019, won his third IBMA Award for Dobro Player of the Year (also won in 2005, 2014).
  • 2019, underwent more treatments for a recurrence of cancer. He is a five-time cancer survivor.
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