Last month we described the heroic performance of blues legend Nappy Brown, who collapsed onstage during his show at Michael Arnone's Crawfish Festival on June 1.
Brown was helped offstage by paramedics and taken to the hospital. He made it home to Charlotte, North Carolina, but has been hospitalized ever since.
The rhythm and blues pioneer had been enjoying a heady career resurgence since the release of his universally acclaimed CD, Long Time Coming, on Blind Pig Records. Brown received two Blues Music Award nominations and turned in a show-stopping performance at the recent BMA awards ceremony.
Brown's summer tour, including a number of festival dates, has been canceled due to his illness. In the meantime, Chuck Jackson and other board members of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation have been very supportive during this difficult time.
It is uncertain when he will be released, and doctors view his condition as serious. This extended stay in the hospital is a lonely and trying time for Nappy. If you would like to send get-well cards or pass on your appreciation you may send to:
c/o Carolinas Medical Center
1000 Blythe Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203