Coming to a Bookstore Near You- The Tom Bibey Tour

        The Facebook folks have asked me about my tour schedule.  I asked  them to come visit over here at wordpress so I could bring them up to date.  Some of this will be familiar to my regular readers.  But as you guys know, in spite of the fact Dr. B is a simple man, he never seems to have a simple answer to anything.  It’s like my little daughter said, “Daddy, you’re so simple it’s complicated to folks.”

          This is a sad day, ’cause I am sure Indie is not going to make it to Easter.  I promised him I’d tell his story and I am going to, and that has put some of my gigs on hold.  You can’t make a promise to a dying man, especially my friend Indie, and not follow through.

          Somehow it seems appropriate he is going to leave us around Easter, because Indie was a very redemptive man for me.  Not as big as Jesus of course, but very important.  He showed me how to deal with adversity with grace and dignity, and I am forever in his debt for it.  Any book tour would have to be to his credit.  I would not be what I am without him.

        As my regular readers know, I’ll keep you posted on a schedule.  If nothing else Indie taught me to be adaptable.  So, it might change some, but here is the plan at this time.

       I am mandolin guy, so much of this will revolve around my mandolin friends.  The book store tour will be during the week, and our gigs will be in between their weekend schedules. 

       Here in the central part of the state, the Tobacco Triangle area, Tony Williamson (of Mandolin Central) is gonna help me out.  Y’all know him; he is a player.  I wrote up a nice article on him my agent hopes to place in a national music magazine.  I do hope it works out.  Tony sure deserves the press.

        In western N.C.  it is all about Darin Aldridge.  He and his lovely wife Brooke will join me there.  I can’t wait for you to hear them.  Darin’s mandolin tone is the best I know, and Lord can Brooke sing. Check out their new CD, ‘I’ll go With You.’

        I’d dig playing a gig with Reggie and Ryan Harris.  You ain’t lived till you have heard those boys sing the blues and play slide guitar, bass and the electric suitcase.  Over in Knoxville the Sawbones Grass boys, an all doctor bluegrass band has promised a reunion show.  And what I would give to sing one with Jerry Butler of Carolina Road over there.

        In upstate S.C. my friend Wayne Benson will strike a lick with me when III Tyme Out is off the road, and maybe I can convince his wife Kristin to play one on the banjo if she is home from a Grascals tour.  Wayne and Kristin have won more wards than I can list, and she is the current IBMA banjo player of the year.

        Down around Myrtle Beach Alan Bibey is a monster player.  All y’all know him.  We believe we might be distant relatives, but we aren’t sure.  When I was an intern, young Alan was the world Champion on the mandolin.  He is a far better player than me, but still a bluegrass brother in spite of the talent gap.

        In California, and I can’t believe this , but I might play a few with Mike Marshall.  Hm.  Maybe I’ll just carry in his case and watch; what a player!  I need to get out to his seminar, he is a master.

       I have all kind of mandolin pals scattered around like rekx in Dallas, Texas.  We have not played together, but I look forward to the opportunity.  He is a mandolin man, and his wife is a Doc, so they have a good handle on my world, and have promised to be my guide to the music scene down there.

         I am lucky to know a bunch of singers and songwriters.  Megan Peeler won the national Colgate Country Showdown and is gonna play a few with me in Nashville, although I worry she might be too famous by then for me to afford her.  But she is a good country kid, and me and my wife have promised to visit when we are there and take her out for some chicken if we can find some that reminds her of home.

         All the above leaves a lot of gaps, but I’ll fill ’em in.  I hear from folks around the country all the time who’d help me out when they are in between shows, and most of this work will be be when the regular bluegrass gigs aren’t  rocking.  I figure ain’t too much music cooking on a Tuesday morning in Tupelo, and I hope to pick up a good gig wherever I go.  Of the folks I mentioned, I can’t carry any of their cases, but after twenty-five years I am decent side man and part singer, so I’ll find my way.

         So there you have it.  A precision plan, huh?  After all, I am a Doctor, so it has to be such.

Dr. B

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14 Comments on “Coming to a Bookstore Near You- The Tom Bibey Tour”

  1. Mrs. Chili Says:

    What about New England? Give the Water Street Bookstore in Exeter a call (603.778.9731). You might want to talk to the people at Toadstool Books (603.352.8815) over in the western part of New Hampshire.

    I know there are a BUNCH of indy bookstores in Mass; I’m betting that at least one of the stores I gave you the numbers for will have a listing of more in the area….

    This is getting EXCITING!

  2. drtombibey Says:


    I wouldn’t miss New England for love nor money. I am gonna call them today. Stay on the lookout for singer/songwriters who might want to jam. I give you my word I will be generous to share some of whatever profits I make on the book at those stops with the folks who help me.

    Dr. B

  3. Joe Clark Says:

    Hello Tom, Just wanted to let you know your article is very nice and we seem to have the same taste as far as mandolin players go.
    I am now transplanted in Hamilton Ontario, but from Southwestern Virginia….Near Bristol….

    If you are ever up this way…. Come and see me and you can pick a tune in this corner of the world as well.

    Take Care and I really enjoyed the Article…..

    Joe Clark

  4. drtombibey Says:


    Before it all is all over, my goal is to find all the kindred spirits and pick a tune with ’em.

    I am not signed yet, but I am not rejected either, and several publishers are giving the project a serious look.

    Worst case scenario, we’ll self-publish at the end of the year, so keep an eye out for me in 2010. Would dig getting to play one with you. There aren’t enough bluegrass folks left, so we all have to keep it alive.

    Dr. B

  5. rekx Says:

    Hey Dr. Tom,

    Your tour plan sounds good to me…can’t wait!

    Cheers, Rek

  6. Aw, Dr. B, not till 2010? I’m an impatient one, I suppose.
    I’m so sorry that Indie won’t be able to make it to see your book come out… He sounds like a wonderful man from everything you’ve written about him, and I look forward to reading your book if only, and of course it’s not only because of this, but if only so I can learn more about Indie.
    I hope you can have the book cover have a mandolin on it. It would be appropriate, wouldn’t it, Doc?

  7. drtombibey Says:


    Yep, I’ll get there. I figure we can play music and your wife can figure out what the heck drives us so to have to do so.

    Dr. B

  8. drtombibey Says:

    ms slightly,

    I hate it for the same reason you do. The MS is completed and in the hands of publishers, but my agent warned me it would be a very slow process.

    It is possible it could beat the 2010 deadline, but I want to be sure I don’t promise what I can’t deliver. Plus I will need to plan ahead to be out of the office for three weeks in a year. That is more time off than I have taken in twenty-five years.

    All that being said, I’m gonna get there. I told a bluegrass friend of my plans five years ago, and I have stayed on the schedule I told him way back then.

    But I do hate it for Indie. He loved the MS though, and it has his blessings.

    Dr. B

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

    Doc,you know the local officers of the Neuse River Fan Club Mississippi will host a local event and will be glad to book Reed’s and Square Books. Pick wise, keep that double stop lick going on Red Clay Halo with our fiddle player for Marfar. By the way you know we will feed you. Feeding you is just a little cheaper than paying you.
    Sorry about Indie, one of the hardest thing to do.

    I went to the facebook thing, doing something wrong to leave a post. I will figure it out.

  10. danny fulks Says:

    Check out our local favorite, Bobby Maynard, on his website. Listen and see his new song, GOING EAST TO WEST VIRGINIA. In performance, Bobby plays all bluegrass instruments in a variety of tunes and songs with the help of two bandmates. He’d be glad to play with you if you ever get to West Virginia. Let us know what you think of the tune and that goes for others who may read this post.

  11. drtombibey Says:


    Reed’s Bookstore is number one on my list. I promised her I’d be back and I keep my promises.

    I hope to recruit Conway and all the Saltillo gang when the time comes. Like the post says, I am a lousy lead singer, but I can do some harmony.

    Maybe we can dovetail it with a fundraiser for your church either before or after the bookstore gig.

    Dr. B

  12. drtombibey Says:

    Dr. Fulks,

    Will check him out. What a great West Virgina contact.

    Hey, I have an old LP of Sen. Robert Byrd on the fiddle. He wasn’t bad.

    Dr. B

    Addendum. Just got back from Bobby Maynard’s site. My kind of straight up bluegrass. I’l love to jam with him when I get up that way.

    Dr. B

  13. Doug Ross Says:

    Dr. Tom: Should you need a guitarist who knows your repetoire please don’t hestitate to call. The trucking industry is in a massive slow-down these days and I have mucho free time. Congrats on the book. Do you think George Clooney will play the Doug Rossi character?

  14. drtombibey Says:


    Clooney would be my first choice, even though he ain’t quite good looking enough.

    I remember playing with you at Merle Fest 20 years ago. You were the man of a thousand chord inversions. We are overdue to pick again, and will do it.

    Dr. B

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