Don’t Panic.

2016 May 30

Rachel Gibson from the Pea Pickin' Hearts!

Rachel here.  So, I’ve been keeping a secret… I have lost my voice 3 times in 3 weeks due to a severe allergic reaction to something unknown. Twice I have had severe reactions that have impacted my ability to swallow & left me gasping for air.  Short term, I can sing most of the time without anyone aside from Jon and myself knowing that anything is wrong.  But long term, I have to find a solution to the problem or the scar tissue developing on my vocal chords from singing with an inflamed throat will stop my singing permanently.  The cause of the reaction is still unknown, but we’re working on it.  There is every reason to believe that my voice will be fine. Please don’t panic.  If I can’t panic, you can’t panic.  Deal?

We have canceled most of our summer tour to allow me to be within a short drive of testing & treatment.  Every talent buyer has been kind.  Some of the tough-as-nails promoters have revealed themselves, momentarily, to be softies.  So sweet.  Local venues are helping us re-book some shows closer to home to close the new gaps in our calendar.  It will all be fine.

We made the decision to tell everyone this way because we know how many of you were cheering for us and very first national tour.  I didn’t want the rumors to get out of control and result in folks being more worried for us than necessary.  We love you for loving us.

I will be fine.  I promise.

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8 Responses
  1. Joyce Culp permalink
    May 30, 2016

    Love and hugs! Maybe we can get up there soon and have some of that awesome Indian food this summer! I know you must be disappointed, but be patient… Your turn will come!!! Sending healing thoughts your way!❤️

  2. Vince permalink
    May 30, 2016

    All will be well. In time it will be resolved and y’all will be rolling across the county.

  3. May 30, 2016

    Thanks, Vince. Your confidence in us is always inspiring! <3

  4. May 30, 2016

    Thanks, Joyce. We’d love to see you again this Summer. Maybe the new openings in our calendar will offer us a chance to find a new venue near you!!!!

  5. Chris and Marion Gray permalink
    May 31, 2016

    You two and Ernie are still welcomed to stay over at Wood Duck Marsh, whenever you get to Maine. All the best, Chris and Marion

  6. Corinda Nail permalink
    May 31, 2016

    Sorry to hear that you are going through this. It is tough especially since the cause is not known but you seem to be very strong and will make it through. I have other friends in Charleston, WV that have had this similar issue and with help they were back to new. My brother is who has introduced the family to your group. We will hate to miss you but you need the rest and treatment far more important. I will let my brother Kim know. Get well

  7. June 1, 2016

    Hi, Corinda! Our show is NOT cancelled in Charleston. I spoke with Kim this morning. We are looking forward to seeing you at Taylor Books on Friday in Charleston!!!!

  8. June 1, 2016

    Thanks, Chris! We’ll make it there sometime soon!

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