SIRIUS Satellite 65 Bluegrass Radio

         SIRIUS Radio, channel 65 on your bluegrass dial, did a live broadcast from the Red White and Bluegrass Festival over the 4th.  These guys are a crowd who can spread the bluegrass gospel in a hurry.  They are a force to be tuned in for sure.

        Chris Jones and the Night Riders were there as the SIRIUS ‘house’ band.  Chris is a a fine singer and songwriter, and his banjo man, Ned Luberecki, is the real deal on the five string.  Not only do they talk a good game on bluegrass radio, but they live it.  They can play it with the best of ’em.  I especially liked the last number they did, a take off on an old Bill Monroe lick.  Cool stuff.

        Of course, after the show Tommy Bibey had to go up and shake and howdy.  In spite their celebrity, in the bluegrass way, they were real down to earth.  

        I told Ned about my book, and he he thought a bluegrass novel about a fiddling doctor whose crisis resolution was directed by a loyal band of bluegrass boys would be a cool thing.  He said he’d love to read it when I’m finished.  (Projected date 2009)  If he likes it I hope he might give it a plug on the radio.

        Ned asked me what I hoped to accomplish and I told him I wanted to bring bluegrass to a million new folks.  He laughed and said, “Well good luck, Doc. I hope you make it.”

        Of course, Ned knows as well as I do that is not a realistic goal, but he also knows not to take away hope.  After all, if an old gray haired Doc can’t have big dreams and bluegrass music, life would be a mightly dull indeed.

        And you never know.  My readers range from professors and teachers to bankers, school principals, farmers and accountants.  Many of them are new to bluegrass.  Ned runs a segment on the show every so often where he asks folks how they first heard about bluegrass.  If ya’ll catch that, and I introduced you to the music, tell him you learned about it from Dr. Tommy Bibey.

        If a mandolin is played in the proverbial forest and no one hears it, there ain’t no music.  If one writes a book, and no reads it, there would be no point in the effort.  So, all my readers are very special- one in a million.  Like a Doc for his patients, as a writer you are my reason to be.  If you call in to Ned, tell ’em you are one in a million to Tommy Bibey.  He’ll get it.  All them bluegrass people is smart; you can’t get nothing over on ’em.

        Ned knows I’m a long shot, but so was Seabiscuit.  For that matter, who’d thought a banjo picker’d wind up a national radio celebrity, either.  Ya’ll tune him in.  As soon as he speaks into the mic, you know it is a radio voice.  His show is authentic bluegrass, and has much to say about our music.

        Hey, when my book comes out, I hope some folks say they heard about it from Ned Luberecki and SIRIUS Satellite 65 Bluegrass Radio.  His sponsors will dig that.  (I don’t have any of those ‘cept me at this point, and the blog will always stay free, and have few classified ads either for that matter.)  The plug will help ’em out.  It is the bluegrass way.

Dr. B

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15 Comments on “SIRIUS Satellite 65 Bluegrass Radio”

  1. Ted Lehmann Says:

    While I’m an XM subscriber, I’ve met Ned and chatted with him about Sirius. In the next year or so, XM and Sirius will be merging while, at least for a time, maintaining their separate identities. Long term, who knows which format will emerge, as I don’t believe the final product will be twice what the two services now offer. Nevertheless, the ability of satellite radio to spread the word is huge. Driving home yesterday, we never touched the radio, listening to bluegrass on XM all the way. It’s a truly great service. My greatest reservation about all this, however, is that it narrows rather than broadens our opportunitiy to experience diversity. – Ted

  2. drtombibey Says:


    For similar reasons, at church I don’t want us to have bluegrass based music each Sunday. Esp at the big holidays, I like the more traditional service.

    I am about 25% each- medical CDs, music CDs, SIRIUS bluegrass, and 88.7 WNCW radio, which you can get on Internet radio streaming.

    Dr. B

  3. Cindy Carter Says:

    Well, you will have one loyal reader of your book out of me. That may not matter too much but that is one more book that will be sold.

  4. drtombibey Says:

    Ms. Cindy,

    Well like I say, Ms. Cindy, you are one in a million, and I love your blog. With my patients I felt like every one of ’em were special and I tried to treat them that way. I didn’t get wealthy in terms of dollars, but if anyone is more satisfied as to their career, I’m happy for them.

    Dr. B

  5. Cindy Carter Says:

    Hey Dr. B…. Tell Smitty that I have the cobbler in the oven even as I write this. It looks really good. It smells like heaven! I got the really dark, dark chocolate. That way it is good for the soul and good for the heart too. LOL Will let you know how it turns out after supper tonight.

    We have a local radio guy here named Keith Larson who loves Blue Grass. I sent him an email asking him to check out your blog. He has a fall “ride for the kids” that ends up with a huge BBQ and Blue Grass music. I think it’s on October 4th this year. You don’t have to ride a motor cycle to attend and they have really good music. Maybe you could put that one on your calendar. They welcome people to jam!

  6. drtombibey Says:

    Ms. Cindy,

    We have some things booked in Oct but not that weekend yet. E-mail me some details. If I’m not on call or don’t get booked for a gig, we might go.

    Let us know about the cobbler. It does sound good.

    Dr. B

  7. Cindy Carter Says:

    Will do on the email. You might also try going to WBT.Com and clicking on Keith Larson. He ususally posts his information on his page. You might find someone new to listen to.

  8. Cindy Carter Says:

    Boy Howdy! Please tell Smitty if I ever meet him, I might have to kiss him! This is the best and easiest cobbler I have ever made! I could not wait until after dinner. I waited for it to cool a little and I stole a little with a spoon.

    The only thing that could make it any better is putting some whipped cream or some vanilla ice cream on it.

  9. drtombibey Says:

    Ms Cindy,

    I will look up Keith Larson on WBT. Sounds like a good’un.

    Smitty is a regular reader from Mississippi, so I’ll let him know. I think I might start a catgeory for bluegrass recipes. I am a lousy cook, so all of ya’ll will have to do the homework on the quality of them, but I am tickled the first one was a success. It sounds great!

    Dr. B

  10. pandemonic Says:

    I always forget I have SIRIUS on my satellite dish, but I’ll check it out.

  11. drtombibey Says:


    For a banjo guy, Ned Luberecki has a radio voice if I ever heard one. They are authority figures on bluegrass music.

    Dr. B

  12. Hey Doc…

    We’re out here now too! – an all volunteer 24/7 bluegrass traditional and progressive station – with 25 volunteer dj hosts and all volunteer staff, listener supported – spinnin’ what we believe to be the biggest variety of the “name” bands and the “hot indies.” All for free – no pay – just surf on over – we’d love company in chat too while the LIVE shows are airing!

    Just didn’t know if you knew about us – or not – but WE’RE FREE!

    God bless
    Gracie Muldoon
    Volunteer General Manager/Host

  13. drtombibey Says:

    Ms Gracie,

    Cool. Glad to know you are out there- might just call in one day. Look for my book in 2009- the hero is mandolin playing Doc and his fiddler side-kick Dr. Indie Jenkins. I might post a picture of Indie tonight or in the am.

    Dr. B

  14. Hey Doc.. book out yet? If so.. contact – and we’ll do a 15 min LIVE interview with ya via phone on one of my shows… let ya plug it..

    🙂 Bluegrassers holding hands.. make a pretty strong chain!

    Hold ours!


    • drtombibey Says:


      My agent is talking to the publishers at this time. I wll let him know of this and once we get rolling give you a shout.

      You are right; all us bluegrassers are in it together.

      Dr. B

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