WSM Grand Ole Opry Radio/Eddie Stubbs/Darin and Brooke Aldridge

        First of all, let me establish credentials here.  I, Tommy Bibey, am the world’s only physician bluegrass fiction writer.  I write fiction, but I never lie to my reader.  I love bluegrass music because it is real.  As a doc I burned up inside to be my best.  I saw a lot of pain, suffering and death.  If I hadn’t had my music I would have already been dead from a heart attack.  I owe it much. 

        As a result of my love of that music, I know a lot about it, and have met many of the people involved in.  If you have read my blog a while you know this.

          I want to be sure you understand this:  Country music is three chords and the truth, and the truth is Eddie Stubbs knows more about bluegrass and country music in the little finger that wraps around his fiddle bow than old doc knows in his whole body.  (Okay, my heart is in it pretty good, I agree with that)  Mr. Stubbs is the voice of WSM Grand Ole Opry radio.  He is not in the business of making idle claims.  He knows what’s happening.  Period.

        Eddie had Darin and Brooke Aldridge on WSM Grand Old Opry online radio live last night.  He loves their new CD and interviewed them at length. 

        It was near surreal.  He seemed to present the tunes in rough order of his anticipation as to how the will play on big time commercial radio.   I don’t know Mr. Stubbs, and yet he sized them up in the order I would consider correct.  Bottom line, though; there are no weak cuts.  

          He pointed out the CD will be available in the Ernest Tubb Record shop in Nashville next week, and can be ordered off their website now.  The link is:  www.darinandbrookealdridge.com  He informed the world the Darin and Brooke CD release party will be at the Gibson theater over in Shelby, N.C. (the one I’ve been telling you about) on Friday night January 22, 2010.  It is hard to figure, but either by sound business acumen, luck, or some uncanny knowledge of the street (perhaps all three)  this crowd continues to find the best young talent and get them booked before the rest of the world knows what is shaking out.  

        Mr. Stubbs is well-connected at the Opry.  When I was at the IBMA convention this fall he introduced the General Manager of the Opry, Mr. Pete Fisher, who gave the key-note address.  Mr. Fisher presented a strong argument that to maintain and improve the Opry brand they must seek out the best new bluegrass acts who would appeal to a traditional county music audience.  I believe Darin and Brooke Aldridge are just the kind of folks he hopes to find.  They are the best male/female country bluegrass duet I’ve heard in many years.  Producer Jerry Salley thought so too, and now it seems Mr. Stubbs is of a similar opinion.

        As we have discussed, in bluegrass it’s all about the timing.  Mr. Horace Scruggs said so; for me that makes it true.  As far as our kind of music on the Opry, the timing is right and the timing in now.  I know for a fact the Opry has bluegrass and traditional country on their radar. Mr. Fisher told us so in his speech.  We have their ear, and they have begun to understand that groups like Darin and Brooke Aldridge might make their brand stronger than ever.  In my humble opinion if you believe our kind of music needs more representation on the Opry, the time to tell them so is now.  If we do not do so we have no room for complaint if they don’t present the music we love.  These are hard economic times in the arts, and the Opry is listening to what everybody has to say right now. 

         To my readers in Australia, you are gonna love “The Sweetest Waste of Time.”  (It was written by y’all’s folks, Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson)  Mr. Stubbs found it a fine number and a likely hit here in the States.  I bet it will go over good in Australia too.  WSM online is world-wide so maybe some of you caught it last night.  He also played ‘It Moves Me’ and ‘Corn’ which is my song of the day today, ‘Hero,’ a tribute to Vince Gill, and several others through the program.  All good.

         The English Professor, Ted Lehmann, knows a bit about bluegrass himself.  He writes one of the biggest independent bluegrass blogs in the NorthEast.  Go over and see what he has to say.  His link is:     www.tedlehmann.blogspot.com

        Here is my bottom line.  Old bluegrass hands like me in N.C., people who know music, have known of these kids for a long time.  We love ‘em like our own.  Eddie Stubbs thinks the world is gonna love ‘em too.  We’re proud to share ‘em with y’all, but also can’t help but admit we’re also proud they’re from our neck of the woods.  Heck, I’ve picked and sung a few with ‘em along the way myself.  I’m thrilled for them and tickled to have watched it all happen.

       When they get out there y’all be nice to them ’cause they are genuine sweet young people, and Lord knows they can they sing and play.  I can’t wait for you to hear em.  

Dr. B 

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16 Comments on “WSM Grand Ole Opry Radio/Eddie Stubbs/Darin and Brooke Aldridge”

  1. Carmen Claypool Says:

    Send ‘em to Missouri…lots of great bluegrass fans out here! Midwest SPBGMA awards this week, I’m taking time off from work and looking forward to 3 days of nothin’ but bluegrass. We are so lucky that this event is held right here in Jefferson City, ten minutes from my house. The funny part is folks come from all around the country, and lots of folks here in town have no idea this event is happening.

    I was priviledge to spend a few minutes with the Governor and First lady of MO this past weekend, they are promoting MO musicians and had Rhonda Vincent as the entertainment for a conference I attended last weekend. It was fun when the first lady moved her chair over by me and we talked “Bluegrass”.

    • drtombibey Says:

      Carmen,

      You go girl! All us bluegrassers gotta stick together. Bluegrass is always an irony. Through the miracle of the new world of the Internet, this wonderful old traditional music and it’s people can no longer be ignored.

      The army is on the move and the power of numbers will reach critical mass soon. Old timers like me can now outflank the big money crowd with but a few keystrokes.

      Dr. B

  2. Billy Says:

    Last night I was just outside Knoxville on the flip side of a leg when WSM’s Eddie Stubbs started talking to a Darin and Brooke. I didn’t pay much attention until they put their music on the air. BLEW ME AWAY. Then started to realize that was the Darin and Brooke you have been talking about!!!! I was going to write you about it but your Blog post is all over it. I thought your Blog was fiction — but sometimes you tell the truth!!!! What I mean is I thought they were made up. BUT THEY ARE REAL PEOPLE!!! I always get surprised when I read your Blog.

  3. Ponder Says:

    I caught the second half of the WSM Online broadcast last night and thoroughly agree with you, Eddie Stubbs and the Professor about Darin and Brooke’s talent: double aught buckshot out of both barrels. Their latest CD is in heavy rotation on my iPod – will definitely be there at the Don Gibson Theater in Shelby for the party on January 22nd!

    • drtombibey Says:

      Guys,

      Part of my post today was a quote from my agent. “Son,” he says, “everyone knows you write fiction, but you can never lie to your reader.”

      Both of you gentlemen are correct. They are real.

      Tickets and/or CDs are available from:

      http://www.darinandbrookaldridge.com

      Also, they may be purchased at Shelby Music Center, Shelby, N.C., Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Nashville Tennesee (starting next week) and friends and family of the band.

      They will soon be available at all fine music outlets around the world.

      Here in Harvey County you can get them at my office or Johnny’s Jewelry and Pawn. However, we are pretty small and hardly worth fooling with. As Eddie Stubbs indicated, these kids are world class, so you should be able to get them anywhere pretty soon.

      Dr. B

  4. Smitty Pres of Neuse River Mississippi Says:

    Doc, when Eddie Stubbs starts endorsing singers, well you know they have got something special going in the right direction. We try to make the “Martha White Bluegrass Nights” at the Ryman in the summer and guess who gets the honor of introducing the acts. He is a walking Google. I love to see him on the Marty Stuart Show on RFD TV.

    Hope all is well, we are cold-we get ice and very little snow. We did adventure out to the Hardware Store Bluegrass Show. The buck dancing was in the corner with the average age 80-90. I love to see people having fun. I can see thru your writing you are.

    • drtombibey Says:

      Smitty,

      Yep, Eddie is the real deal. It’s be like Marcus Welby saying I’m a good doctor. I don’t see how it could be any better for them. Darin or Brooke alone were very, very good. Together they are magic.

      It’s very cold here, but we are still having fun. I see a lot of pain in my work but music gets me through.

      We look forward to coming back to Mississippi, and believe we are getting closer.

      Dr. B

  5. Smitty Pres of Neuse River Mississippi Says:

    Great, Doc, that is why we got connected in the first place. I got new strings on the mando and we will be ready to play at the book signing-a first for one in this area.


  6. Just testing to see if your say discuss function works, supply doesnt!

  7. Smitty Pres. of Neuse River Fan Club Mississippi Says:

    Hey Doc, I noticed in your reply the time and the reply to the next post, GET SOME REST!

    • drtombibey Says:

      Smitty,

      Ah, I’m okay. My computer doesn’t understand bluegrass standard time, but I always heed the advice of friends and promise I will rest this weekend.

      Dr. B

  8. drtombibey Says:

    Pam,

    Here is your link. I’m gonna add you to my blogroll too.

    http://www.warrenweb.info/grannypam

    See if it links up now.

    Dr. B

  9. radio Says:

    nice article……

    keep it up…….

  10. drtombibey Says:

    Radio,

    Thanks a bunch. It’s easy to write about what you love, and I believe in these kids, Mr. Stubbs, and this kind of music.

    Dr. B


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