The latest news is that Earl is now in hospice care at home. Thank you to all the doctors and nurses who did everything you could.
I know this is not the outcome we hoped for, but be assured that time and time again Earl has told me to thank every one of you, and that he loves you all.
Please keep him in your thoughts as he walks the last mile.
Slim and I went to visit Earl today. He's at home and as comfortable as possible. He's not up for visits or phone calls but if you want to send messages through this page I'm sure he would appreciate it.
I wish I had better news to report, but he's got it pretty rough right now. Please keep Earl in your thoughts as he fights this hard, hard fight. Thanks again for all your support.
Y'all please keep Earl in your thoughts today. He is in the ICU with g.i. bleeding. Not on life support or anything, but hurting bad.
Thanks, everyone, for your continuing support for Earl. We sent him and his Mom another check this week. Earl has been in the hospital this week with some bleeding. According to his Mom he's feeling "cranky and ornery." I guess I would too.
We are almost to $7000 in donations! Thank you thank you!
We sent Earl a check for $185o today - that's the donations from Earlfest 2012 at the Star Bar last Friday, plus the Gram Parsons tribute show at the Arts Exchange and donations from the last few Slim Chance and the Convicts gigs. A big thank you to my friend James Kelly (Slim Chance) for his tireless work on behalf of Earl. Thanks also to all the bands for playing, Andy McDaniel of Slopes BBQ, all the local businesses who donated to the raffle and auction, and all those who attended. Y'all rock! I spoke with Earl yesterday and his fluid drainage has reduced dramatically since he's cut his salt intake to zero. So we might be looking at an operation in December. More news as I get it....
We passed $6000 in donations today! Thanks to all contributors!
I do have some sad news to report. Earl's brother Paul passed away earlier this week. His liver was in even worse shape than Earl's. He died at home in Augusta.
Earl and his Mom are in the process of moving back to Augusta. Thanks to Bill Quinn for help with the move.
We have a benefit tonight in Atlanta for Earl at the Arts Exchange on Glenwood. It's a tribute to Gram Parsons as well. Suggested donation is $10, and it's BYOB. I'd be there if I wasn't working.
New Orleans threw down last night! D.B.A. had a wildly successful benefit, raising a lot of needed cash for Earl. Thanks to everyone for your generosity and support. The whole event was recorded for DVD; I'll have some clips as soon as I get them and I'll let you know how to get the whole thing. Again, thank you everyone!
It's benefit night at d.b.a. New Orleans! See the reunion of Grayson Capps and the Stumpknockers, and bid on lots of great musical memorabilia and even some instruments in the silent auction. It's all to help out Brother Earl and he needs it bad!
Tune in to WWOZ (90.7FM locally in NOLA or wwoz.org anywhere) at 1:00pm CST (2:00 pm EST) to hear Elyse and Josh give more details and a hot preview of tonight's entertainment.
Wish I could be there - y'all ROCK!
I just spoke with Earl and he says the d.b.a. benefit is ON! It's happening Monday Sept. 24 with a reunion of Grayson Capps and the Stumpknockers, plus a silent auction with TONS of donated items, musical instruments and memorabilia, and treasured family heirlooms. So be there!
Earl sounds terrific. He says he's walking with a cane and has a big appetite. The doctors say the chemo and radiation, difficult as they were, have shrunk the tumor to an operable size. They will take it out as soon as they can get his liver under control.
I have some video and pictures from New Orleans to post as soon as my iPhone will cooperate.
Tune in to the SciFi Channel at 4pm today (Sat. Sep. 22) to see Earl get memorably killed at the very beginning of ARACHNOQUAKE!! And then turn it off because the rest of the movie sucks!
Kirsten Hinds sent me this cool drawing of the Greaseguns. Kirsten lived next door here in Cabbagetown a few years ago when Earl was living in a shack in my backyard. Coincidentally, they knew each other back in the day in Columbia SC!
Headed down to NOLA on Saturday - looking forward to meeting some of you fine folks.
Earl was in high spirits yesterday. He had a visit from his friend Annie, who sends this picture from the short film "Rebirth." How can you see the film, you ask? I don't know! Look for it!
Earl got his head shaved yesterday too, so Slim and I are looking forward to seeing a new, sleeker Earl this weekend. We are taking gifts as well - Doug is burning a DVD of the Deacon Lunchbox tribute show at PushPush Theatre a while back, and Ellen is baking cookies! If there's anything you would like to send, let me know.
More news as I get it.
Howdy everyone! Thanks for putting us over the $5000 mark - a third of the way to our goal! Earl is so grateful - you can't imagine what your love and support mean to him. But I must stress that this is no time to relax. Earl's need remains acute. Your generosity during this trying time is of immense help to his fight. So please, give if you can, and share this message to all those who know and love our friend.
Earl has got it set up with his doctors now to have an easier way to get the fluid drained off his belly, without going through the emergency room hassle. We all hope his liver will be stronger soon.
Slim (Dr. James Kelly, PhD, that is) and I will be driving down to New Orleans next weekend. If any Atlanta folks want to send anything Earl's way, we will be happy to deliver stuff.
See if you can spot Earl helpfully pointing out the obvious in this clip from "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
Earl made it through the hurricane and has headed back home. His place got no water thanks to some sandbagging.
I spoke with him yesterday - he was in the emergency room to get his belly tapped again. Poor guy keeps swelling up. He was in GREAT spirits and said to thank everyone for their kindness and generosity.
A special thanks to Bradley's Circus, Holland's greatest roots band, for their $500 donation. I checked out their sound online and we definitely need to get them to play here. Smokin!
The d.b.a. benefit, blown out by Isaac, is being rescheduled, hopefully for later this month. More details when I get them.
We are almost a third of the way to our goal! Thanks again to everyone - you all astound me.
It looks like Hurricane Isaac is going to hit New Orleans this week. I spoke with Earl this this morning and he is going to ride it out at a friend's house, as his place got 6 feet of water during Katrina - seven years ago this week. His friends (thank you Roger and Elyse!) have a house uptown that has been withstanding storms since the 1880's.
Earl was unable to make his doctor's appointment today. His impacted colon is very painful but he's staying off the morphine for now as it's making him "feel weird."
Hopefully this storm will move through quickly without too much power outage, and we hope the benefit at d.b.a. Thursday will go on as scheduled. Cut us some slack, Isaac!
More updates as I get them - thanks for your generosity.
Earl completes his radiation therapy Friday, and he is GLAD to have that done. He's having good days and bad days but is focused on getting well.
The August 30 benefit at d.b.a. in New Orleans is really coming together. A silent auction will be set up at the venue. Local artists and writers have donated some of their works, and many good people have contributed their treasures. The reunion performance of Grayson Capps and the Stumpknockers will be recorded for CD and DVD. I will have purchase information as soon as I get it.
I have no definite news for the next Atlanta benefit, but don't make any plans for November 16.
Thank you all for your generous help.
Earl says he is feeling much better today. He even had steak and eggs at the Oak St. Cafe, where his picture hangs on the wall, "right between Jude Law and Ray Nagin!"
Earl has completed 3 weeks of radiation treatments and has 2 to go. The doctors will make an assessment at that time on the next course of action.
Our fundraising effort has gone global, with donations coming in from The United Kingdom and Holland. We have topped $4000 in donations, well on our way to a goal of $15,000. Thank you all so much!
Earl sends along this story:
"I guess my getting serious about music started in '86 when I met Greg Smalley in Columbia SC. I spotted a filer on a pole that read 'Hey you! Looking for diversified musicians to form alternative band. Sign name or spit here. Signed, Greg Strange.' So I ripped down the flier and called Greg. After some jams together, Greg called me and said that General Jack and the Greaseguns were looking for a drummer and needed a bass amp. I has a bass amp that was given to me in lieu of a debt. I went to the audition and took Greg along. The guys did not want a guitar player but I insisted they let Greg play along. It was electric. We kicked ass that afternoon. The singer/guitar player said 'we want you.' I said, 'what about Greg?' He said, 'We're a three piece band.' I said, 'You'll be a two piece band if you don't hire Greg. We're a package deal!'"
Check out this list of bands that Earl has drummed for over the years:
General Jack and the Grease Guns
Double Aught Buck and the Hayburners
The Crash Dummies
Slim Chance and the Convicts
Gregory Dean and the Bubbamatics
Grayson Capps and the Stumpknockers
Did I leave anybody out?
There will be a benefit for Earl at d.b.a. New Orleans (618 Frenchmen St.) on August 30 featuring a reunion of Grayson Capps and the Stumpknockers.
Slim Chance is planning an Atlanta benefit with a performance of his Olympic album "Twang Peaks," on which Earl hit the skins. More details soon.
I spoke with Earl yesterday, and he is home from the hospital and much more comfortable with all that fluid out of him. He again sent many thanks to all those that have contributed to easing his mind of the stress of taking care of expenses. He knows it's his job to get better. And he can do it if we all watch his six, ok?
Next update: A funny story about how Earl met Greg Smalley.
Earl is back in the hospital today. They are going to tap his belly to relieve the fluid pressure. He is in some pain and his mom says he looks six months pregnant. He should be able to go home tonight and continue radiation therapy tomorrow.
Donations continue to roll in every day. Your generosity is truly overwhelming. Thanks to everyone!
There are benefits for Earl being planned in Atlanta and New Orleans. Details next update.
Here's a clip of Earl surrounded by all your favorite actors in a scene from "The Gift."
I just spoke with Earl's mom, who's taking care of him down in New Orleans. Unfortunately, Earl's not having a very good day today. He has resumed radiation treatments and the fluids they gave him in the hospital have swollen up his feet and legs something awful.
But Earl is a fighter and said to thank everyone for all their help. We are knocking on the door of $2000 in contributions, which is enormously gratifying. You folks are the best!
Here's a video of Earl doing the Redneck Rap at the Balcony Music Club in NOLA, ably assisted by Grayson Capps and the Stumpknockers. Earl did this a time or two at the Star Bar, usually with some ladies behind him doing the "three basic dance moves - pickin' cotton, diggin' taters, and birthin' babies!"
We had a phenomenal first day of fundraising. Almost $1000 has been donated so far and the page has been visited over 200 times. Thanks so much to everyone!
Also, we have been declared legitimate by the site's overseers, so the page can be found by those not on Facebook. Simply enter "Earl Maddox" in the gofundme.com search window. Spread the word!
Earl is out of the hospital and resting comfortably at the home of some friends in New Orleans. I'll post more information when I get it.
Our friend Earl "Bubba" Maddox is battling colon cancer and needs our help. Doctors found a 9cm mass in his colon shortly after Memorial Day, and they need to shrink it before they can operate. Chemotherapy was unsuccessful as Earl is allergic to the drugs; they hope that radiation therapy will reduce the mass to an operable size.
Earl was about to film a specially written part for Quentin Tarantino in "Django Unchained" when this disease made it impossible for him to work. He is receiving care at the Tulane Medical Center and could really use our help with the mounting bills of his treatment, not to mention daily expenses.
Earl has always helped others by playing in benefits or lending a helping hand with hard work. For those of you who remember Greg Smalley, Earl was one of his primary caregivers during Greg's long battle with AIDS.
He's a tough sonofabitch and will beat this thing with our help. Please donate what you can.