III Tyme Out

        Not long ago we visited Marie at Tobacco Triangle U. and heard III Tyme out was over in Raleigh, so we decided to take in the show.

        In bluegrass, you see all sorts of venues.  One week a band might play a church, then a festival and a school house, and sometimes they even can work a rock ‘n roll dive.  This was one of those kinda places- the ceilings, floors and walls were black, and there were kids hangin’ around smoking cigarettes who wore chains and spikes and baggy black jeans that were about to fall off.

        But, in the bluegrass way, it was for a good cause, a fund raiser for the local animal shelter, and it was a great band, so we were undeterred.  I’m glad we stayed, they cut the gig.

        Russell Moore set the tone just a squallin’ the first number, “The White House Blues.”  The tune combines a history lesson and hot picking, and recounts the assassination of President McKinley.  Be not fooled by the banter, these boys are good students.  The banjo player, Steve Dilling, is a product of North Carolina Public School system, though his former Principal denies it.

        Mandolinist Wayne Benson got to rocking, and one poor woman in the front row had a falling out spell.  She had no focal neurological deficits, so we walked her out to the night air to cool down.

        She was quite upset.  “I wish that young man on the mandolin wouldn’t move so much- it was about too much for me- it was almost like rock and roll.”  I handed her a wet paper towel and she sat on the bench and mopped her brow.  The excitement had been too much for her.

        “Well ma’am, you gotta understand.  That man and the mandolin are one in the same.  Mr. Benson wrings every ounce of emotion out of that mandolin- he is one of my favorites.  He can’t help it that he’s the Mick Jagger of the mandolin.”

           She was a bit incoherent, and babbled on about “that ain’t bluegrass,” so I sent her to the hospital to get checked out.  I did advise her to consider a pre-show beta blocker next time, and to think twice about going to see Sam Bush.  We went back in to take in the rest of the set.

        I wish the lady had been up to going back to hear more, ’cause we got back and Wayne was just a nailing Monroe’s “Bluegrass Special,” and Dilling done his banjer break just like Earl.  I’ve been around the music all my life, and if it wasn’t bluegrass I wasn’t sure what it was.           

        These might be country boys, but they are sophisticated musicians beyond what folks know.  Any band that can pull off a black spiritual acapella number, “Feed me Jesus” and follow it with a perfect rendition of the Platter’s hit “Only You” (the bus driver sings the bass part) in a rock ‘n roll bar fund raiser for homeless animals has the respect of this musician doctor any old time. 

        Russell sang the timeless lament of a lonely road musician “Erase the Miles.”  They have done the song for years, but it still sounds new.  If you want to understand the emotions of a life on the road, this is one to hear out.  Russell is an effortless and powerful singer who somehow gets better with every season. 

        Then Wayne did his Celtic composition “Tillary Cove.” (he jokes it is as Celtic as you can get when you grew up two blocks from Burger King)  The tune was a magical transport to some Irish Pub.  (Maybe we were in one- it was awful dark in there, I couldn’t say for sure.)

        After the show, the boys headed out to the Waffle House.  I expect they’ll hit Pollard’s Grill in the morning since they are in the Raleigh area.  One of these times I need to take them over to Soul Shack Mamas in Tobacco Triangle.  I think the banjo man would dig the catfish and eggs.

        Fabulous musicians, great folks.  Check out III Tyme Out.  They are worth a stop on your tour.

Dr. B

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2 Comments on “III Tyme Out”

  1. Ted Lehmann Says:

    IIIrd Tyme Out has a rich history and boasts wonderful musicians. What other group could replace a fabled bass player and singer with the bus driver singing and improve? These guys just keep on keeping on. – Ted

  2. drtombibey Says:


    Indeed on the list of all time bluegrass bands, they are in the upper echelon.

    Dr. B

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