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About the video
Grasstowne, featuring Phil Leadbetter on Dobro, performs the Josh Graves
classic "Fireball" at the 2008 MBOTMA Summer Festival.
About the artist
Phil Leadbetter (b. March 31, 1962, Knoxville, TN), long known for his supporting
roles in various traditional bluegrass bands, began playing professionally when
he was only 14.
Leadbetter landed some impressive gigs that first year, earning a job at what is
now Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN, as well as performing at the White House
for President Gerald Ford. Later Leadbetter appeared in several successful
bands including the Vern Gosdin Band, the Grandpa Jones Band, and New
Dawn, the official band of the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville.
He appeared on several albums with J.D. Crowe and the New South, beginning
in 1991, including 1994's Grammy-nominated album, Flashback (Rounder). His
first solo effort, Philibuster, earned critical praise for its all-instrumental
showcase of Leadbetter's technically proficient and soulful Dobro playing.