Cow kicks Balsam Range vocalist/fiddler in the head; Buddy Melton recovering at Asheville hospital


I first heard this news about the injury to Buddy Melton of the popular bluegrass band Balsam Range this morning on WNCW, then found this update at Bluegrass Today. Hoping for the best for Buddy:

Buddy Melton, fiddler and tenor vocalist with Balsam Range, was injured earlier today when he was kicked in the face while loading cattle.

At this point, we have confirmed that he was taken to the hospital in Asheville, NC where doctors are checking for brain bleeds or any other potential head trauma. Multiple facial bones were broken, including his nose, and doctors are concerned about blood pooling behind his eye.

 And there’s this update from the Balsam Range website:

As many of you already know, our beloved Buddy Melton was severely injured in a farming accident today. Thanks to all our friends and family for the overwhelming show of support. We just want to report that Buddy is in stable condition and showing signs of improvement. We are all very hopeful that his condition will continue to improve. I spent the evening at the hospital with him, and he was in good spirits, all things considered. There are several surgeries to come within the next week. Please check our official website and facebook for updates. The Melton family, and the Balsam Range families appreciate your continued prayers and support. When asked by the head of our record label this evening what statement he would like to make to the press, Buddy replied, ‘One cow, free to good home.

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