A Circle be Unbroken Moment with The Tar River Boys at the Kinston Neuse Regional Library

        This weekend was my first book signing/bluegrass picking gig since I got sick. I don’t see how it could have been a more appropriate venue. It was an “old home week/Circle Be Unbroken moment” as I got to visit with my daughter then be on the stage with Dr. Peter Temple and the Tar River Boys for the gig. Peter was my first community medicine mentor and the man who showed me how to combine medicine and music and not compromise the quality of my work as a doctor. He always said I was his only student who made an “A” in both medicine and bluegrass. Back then he had a front porch jam session with guys like Greek, Junior, and George every Wednesday night. As you can imagine, I was never late for class!

        Neuse Regional Library in Kinston is a library with a plan. Young David Miller has regular programs and gets the word out. It was well attended and the crowd was enthusiastic; just the kind of book signing any author hopes they will have. We had a retired English teacher and the long-time promoter of the Kinston Winter Bluegrass festival. (She saw the review of the book in N.C. Our State magazine and recommended the library get in touch with me) There were several musicians, friends of the library, and a number of docs. Several of the doctors were my classmates. There was a neurosurgeon, a pediatrician, and OB/Gyn, an interventional radiologist and  two Family docs.  

        The gig was just the kind I like, very informal and interactive. I’d read a passage from the book, then we’d do a few tunes and I’d explain how the music was connected to the story. Who knows, maybe “The Cherokee Shuffle” will wind up on a movie soundtrack before it is all over.

        So, special thanks to David Miller at the library, and also to the Tar River Boys. Dr. Temple was a life changing mentor for me way back when. As far as I know, Dr. Temple and I are the only two doctor/bluegrass pickers ever featured in N.C. “Our State” magazine.He invited two of the Tar River Boys, witty song-writer/mando picker Roger Sauerborne and precision banjo man Buddy Zincone, who also picks with Greenville Grass to join us. It was a fine session. Most of all I send thanks to my wife who makes all these gigs work these days. I could not manage it alone.

       We tied this show in with a library card drive. If your hometown library wants to get new people interested in the library in a public awareness campaign, esp if you’d like to join me for an impromptu jam session, let me know. I am limited to about one show every other month for now, and need to stay within a hundred fifty miles or so of central N.C. but I’d love to do  more gigs like this one. As Dr. Temple would say it was a large time.

Dr. B

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11 Comments on “A Circle be Unbroken Moment with The Tar River Boys at the Kinston Neuse Regional Library”

  1. Carolyn Brooks Says:

    So glad you had a good week end – I’m sure you brought others plenty of joy as well. Keep up the good work & I’ll keep praying for ol’ “long gone” to soon be long gone!

  2. jel Says:

    hey Doc,

    did any of them storm come near ya or your kids?

  3. jel Says:

    glad y’all are ok.

    hey Doc, if ya get some spare time would ya please checkout the post I put up too on my blog , and maybe send some friends over there too, please for a good cause.
    thank you.
    take care

  4. Says:

    Just checkin’ in Doc to say hello. Sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling so well, but I’m happy to hear your still playing music and writing. That sounds like an all around nice life to me.


  5. Smitty Pres. of Neuse River Fan Club Says:

    Doc, just checking in, glad that your medicine was the cause and not something else. Happy Thanksgiving. Cindy is doing well, her business holding on, headed to Mom and Dads, then to Cindy’s folks. The riders have a lot going on. We have been on tv a couple of times and it has led to more gigs.
    I am excited about all the projects you have on the horizon and hopefully I can stay in touch a little more. Take care and again we have much to be thankful for in our lives.

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