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Unfortunately, on October 1st Loren Barrigar had a terrible accident with a chainsaw, in his own words:
“In the early afternoon of Oct 1, I found myself as a Level One trauma patient at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. I had a terrible kickback accident involving a chainsaw. In that instant, my mind could only think of my fingers not working, as I noticed immediately that my third and fourth fingers were locked into a position and I could not feel or move them. These thoughts overrode any physical pain. Unable to use my cell phone to call 911, as I was deathly afraid to take my right hand off the open wound on my left wrist, I made my way to a nearby Convenience store frantically searching for help. This was the first moment in my life that I was actually afraid for my life.
It took 22 minutes for the ambulance to arrive, minutes that seemed like hours. I was wheeled into the trauma room with a medical staff of twenty waiting for me, giving me things from tetanus shots to x-rays to morphine. Looking around, it felt like a surreal nightmare. In a matter of hours, I was stitched up and sent home, with two weeks to wait for the injury to “define” itself, as I was told by the physicians. That’s a very long time for a guitar player to wake up with fingers that don’t work, to wait for answers. At the time I was in complete denial, thinking that the following day I would wake up and be able to play again.
It took time to accept the fact that it would not be days…or weeks, but long months ahead before I would be able to perform again for my friends and fans.”
About Loren: Loren started playing guitar when he was only four years old, and by the time he was six, played the Chet Atkins hit “Yackety Axe” in front of thousands of country music fans at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. He went on to study with Jimmy Atkins (Chet’s brother) which led to a touring career with his family band from Nashville to Las Vegas. Since settling down in Central New York, he has been in constant demand as a studio musician. Loren’s finely-honed songwriting skills have launched his melodies on NBC’s #1 rated show “ER”, “The Young and The Restless” and on a Christmas CD with BB King and Patti Labelle. He has performed with some of the best acoustic players in the world including Stephen Bennett, Richard Smith, John Knowles, Muriel Anderson and Loren’s friend and mentor Tommy Emmanuel, the Australian guitar sensation. He has also recorded with Multiple Grammy winner and legendary producer Lloyd Maines.
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