It's safe to say Maylene and the Sons of Disaster are one of my all time favorite bands. I remember when their album II released... I was in love. Those southern grooves mixed with catchy choruses and that metal edge -- dammit I couldn't get enough. Hell, I even have "Can't help but be blessed when you've been raised by God's finest" from their track "Raised By The Tide" tattooed on my arm. The band has always held a special place in my heart. Circa 2008 when I had my first "clothing company", I approached the guys at a local show here in Evansville. They were more than happy to become a sponsored band. I gave them a box of goods and we went our separate ways. Free shit for them, right? Lo and behold, two years later a college friend of mine spots them wearing my brand on stage. "Holy hell" I thought -- I was blown away. That level of humility is very rare. Especially to a kid who'd been blown off by more than one band.
All of this is a preface to the story of Dallas's recent ATV accident. All details aside, the man almost died. I was very bothered by this, but what could I do? I'm not a religious person, but Dallas, his band, and family were on my mind. Fast forward to now, and he's continued to beat the odds. That's not to say he's up, moving, and thriving -- but he's fighting. His mother recently took to social media to share an update on his health. Read the statement below:
This is an update on Dallas. Dallas went to see the endocrinologist a couple of weeks ago, and they had him go get a bunch of blood work. They called and said that his adrenal gland is not working right and is extremely low, which is why he feels like he has the flu all the time and has bad pain all the time and no energy. [It's] hard for him to get out of bed. He also has thyroid problems. He is going to have some real in depth tests at Shands Hospital. This will help them find out how to treat him.
He is also having eye surgery at Bascom Palmer eye institute in Miami April 10. We will be there for about four days. He is a little nervous about the surgery, but we are putting it in God's hands. He is blind in the left eye, and the right eye is paralyzed and stays looking at his nose. His right carotid artery is 100 percent blocked, which supplies blood to his right eye, but he is getting blood from the left carotid artery, but it is still something to be concerned about.
It will be two years in August since his accident. He hasn't worked in all this time and still can't drive.
Thanks for all the prayers and financial support which has meant so much to him.
Donations can be made to help out on Dallas's GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/2hrxafg.
Keep fighting, Dallas. Your fans miss you.