Dr. Bibey, Country Music Star
Well, the headline was just to get your attention. I am no country music star, and never will be. All my life I have been the baritone man. My vocal range is six notes, but I know where to plug them in, so I can get by.
I worked with a band in the studio recently, and realized I was more modern than what I thought. No, I’ll never be a star in spite of Buck Owens’s encouragement with ‘Act Naturally’ years ago. (“They’re gonna put me in the movies….”) I’m not young, and not close to pretty. I’d look beyond ridiculous in an evening gown and I have trouble with pitch. But with the modern miracle of Pro Tools software, I am a quasi country star.
Several of y’all have said you wanted to hear some music from me, and when you speak I listen. My band, Neuse River, did a couple projects back when they called them records, but we’ve got some age on us now, and they declined to try and cut another one. (Sadly one is deceased, and one is in the Nursing Home) But I am at work on a couple different music projects with some fine young artists. I hope some of these cuts will tie in with the book. It is too early to say what form that will take, but stay tuned. I promise there will be some music even before the book store mandolin duos.
Don’t look for me on Country Music T.V., though. I’m too old, too gray, and not hip enough to cut the gig. However, I always try to find common ground with other folks. Between this Pro Tools thing and a brilliant engineer, even old Doc can hang with a few of the young country stars. Dang if modern studio technology hasn’t almost turned me into a singer. I do believe I’d best leave off the evening gown, though. Modern computer software can fix a lot of things, but it ain’t that good.
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