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Alison Krauss' "World of Bluegrass" appearance canceled

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Next week's Raleigh debut of the IBMA "World of Bluegrass" festival has hit a bump in the road with the cancellation of Alison Krauss, one of the lineup's biggest names. Krauss was to have performed Sept. 27 at Red Hat Amphitheater as part of the "Epic Collaboration" with a bluegrass all-star band including Del McCoury, Bela Fleck and others. But Krauss has bowed out over issues with her voice, according to a statement from her representatives:

Alison Krauss was recently diagnosed with a vocal condition called dysphonia. Alison has been advised to have vocal rest, and therefore will not be performing at Wide Open Bluegrass next weekend. We anticipate a smooth, quick recovery given proper treatment and adequate rest.

The IBMA ticket policy states, "Lineup subject to change. Artist cancellation is not grounds for refund." So there will be no refunds. The rest of the lineup -- including McCoury, Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tony Rice and Mark Schatz -- will perform Sept. 27 as scheduled.

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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.

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