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.