Dave Evans announces retirement from heavy touring
Thursday, October 14, 2010
– Bluegrass artist Dave Evans announced he's retiring from regular touring schedule, and sticking closer to home. He made the announcement last Wednesday.
Arthritis and diabetes were the two main reasons he gave for his
decision, according to radio DJ Becky Johnson on whose show Evans made the announcement. Evans also owns The Bluegrass Palace in Watts, Ky., a small venue where his band, Riverbend, are the host band. His shows are monthly, with plans for a special New Year's Eve celebration, complete with New Years Day Breakfast, cooked by Evans.
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