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First TV gig for “The Mandolin Case”

August 26, 2010

        Thought y’all might enjoy this clip from the TV show on WSPA Ch 7 from Wednesday August 25, 2010. It is an interview with me about “The Mandolin Case” and with Darin about the Darin and Brooke Aldridge CD. After that Doc got to pick mandolin with Darin Aldridge and Wayne Benson of III Tyme Out. It was better than batting practice with the Cubs. Here’s the link:

        Yesterday was beyond memorable. Bless Darin’s heart, he spent the whole day with me in Greenville, S.C. to help me jump-start “The Mandolin Case.” I’ll bet the kid got thirty phone calls about the bluegrass biz during the day.
        We picked with Wayne Benson on T.V., then had an interview on the Jack and Kimberly Show. After lunch it was a bookstore stop at Fiction Addiction, then that evening we jammed with Kristin Scott Benson and David Snyder at Horizon Records.      
        My Song of the Day on FaceBook was “Lonesome Road Blues.” In bluegrass there are few lonesome roads. I’ve seen a lot of hard times for my people, but not too many myself. When I do though, I’m thankful I never travel alone. And that, folks is the point of “The Mandolin Case.”  
        Y’all have a blessed day.

Dr. B


A Day for the Bluegrass Family

August 23, 2010

        Wednesday promises to be a nice day for the bluegrass family. It isn’t every day our music gets on big-time commercial T.V. but that is exactly what’s gonna happen. Megan Heidlberg from WSPA Channel 7 asked me to be on the morning show to talk about “The Mandolin Case.” I told her I thought it would be a stronger presentation if I could bring a few friends to play, and she agreed to do that. We’ll be on at 10:00 AM on August 25, 2010.

        It is so appropriate. Other than immediate family, my bluegrass friends are the most important people in my life. In many ways they are like family. On a day when I have a family member who has potential to be in harm’s way (can’t talk about it) my bluegrass young-un (Darin Aldridge and my bluegrass brother (Wayne Benson are gonna play some triple mandolin with me on live T.V. When you see them, buy their CDs and tell ’em Doc said his life was so much richer for knowing them. I see a lot that is hard, and the music saved the day for me at times. I assure you this will be the case Wednesday.

        After the morning T.V. show I’m gonna find some lunch for me and my pals and put it on my official “Physician Bluegrass Fiction” account. (I have faith we’ll sell enough books to cover expenses) Then at 2:00 I’ll be at a book store, Fiction Addiction, for a book signing along with Darin. (Wayne has a recording session at that time) Check out their website. The store is owned by women but they do not discriminate against old male doctor/bluegrass pickers. This is also most apropos, ’cause about 90% of my readers are female. (My daughter says that’s because men don’t read that much; she’s probably right.) Here’s the website for the bookstore. 

        Thanks for having me, guys. I hope you’ll find something you like in “The Mandolin Case.” If you don’t, all is not lost. Wait till you hear Darin play the mandolin. Take one of his CDs home with you. The kid is beyond gifted and his wife is one of best new singers in bluegrass. (or any genre) 

        After that we’ve got few hours to kill. We’ll probably sit on a park bench to pick music and eat ice cream. Then at 5:00 we’ll be at Horizon Records. Here’s their link: This is an institution in Greenville, and likely the number one source for traditional (and other genres) music in the area. We may well have a special guest for a song, but I’m not gonna announce anything till we are there. As I get to know my bluegrass friends better, I am forever impressed at the personal juggling act they have to perform every day to bring us all this fine music. It involves buses and planes and car drop offs and hitching rides to Kentucky and a barrage of text messages and phone calls to make it all work.

        Again, and I can not over emphasize the point, if you like what they do, buy their CDs. They love the music and are about art first and business second, but that is the only way they can stay out there. For them to be able to go deep into the art they must have our support to make it work. It’s the only way we can have the music.

        “The Mandolin Case” was written on many levels, and for many reasons, but one was to make this point. Art, and the mandolin and bluegrass music in particular, saved this old Doc’s life. I rode home from the hospital many a night dead dog tired and arrived safe because my artist friends rode with me via my cassette player. All I’m doing with this part of my message is paying them back. It is that important to me, and I’m never gonna forget to show anyone who will listen.

Dr. B

Passion for Music, Books, and Friends

August 20, 2010

        Some people wonder why I am so deep into the arts. I’ve had a few people say doctors oughta just stick to prescribing pills. It just can’t be that way for me.

        After all, books saved my life long before I wrote one. My mama saw it coming early on. She put me in speed reading ’cause she knew that’s where my future was. I was one heck of a speed reader, but didn’t have too much of a fastball.

       Music came a little later. Mama wasn’t quite as enthusiastic about that at first, as she feared it might derail my doctor gig, but after a quarter century as a doc/musician those fears have been allayed. The music ended up saving my life all over again. I could not have dealt with all the pain and suffering I saw without it.

        Part of my mission with my book was to bring my favorite musicians to the attention of folks who were not aware of their artistry. Come Wednesday I’m gonna do just that.

        When I was on WNCW 88.7 radio I got an email the next Monday AM from a nice lady at WSPA Channel 7 Spartanburg, S.C. She wanted me to come talk about “The Mandolin Case” and play a bit. She kindly agreed to let me bring some friends. Some of them are under management kind of contracts that can pull them away at the last minute, so I’m not gonna share the details of who’s gonna be there yet, but I know at least two are gonna help me who will amaze you with their skill level.

        At this point in my life I’m not nervous about much of anything. Scared is acute myocardial ischemia when there’s an ice storm and the choppers are grounded. This is just mandolins and T.V. so it should be no big thing for me as a doctor with an artistic bent.

        But as the event drew closer, I found I had a few pangs of anxiety in the pit of my stomach. “How can this be?” I asked myself.

       It took a while before I realized why. The guys who are coming to play are pros. I’ve jammed with them before and we are friends. It shouldn’t be an issue. Why did this bother me so?

       Then it hit me. My friends were on big time T.V. It was a lot of exposure for bluegrass. What if I wrecked the gig? It could reflect on them and they do this for a living. What have I done to put them in such a spot?

      The answer came in prayer. It was Lester Flatt’s voice on the tune “I’ll Take the Blame.” (The song is about a different issue, but the title was apropos) So, I’m gonna tell you now. If you hear a clunker note when we are on television I want you to understand ahead of time it was old Doc and not my bluegrass pals. I already know this before we get there, so I might as well inform you now so I can take the pressure off. If you hear something you like, go buy their CDs and tell the T.V. folks you enjoyed traditional music on television.

        My friends play with a tone and precision that has to be heard to be believed. They sure don’t need old Doc to make great music, and are just being kind to let me play along. They do it because they know what the music means to me and because we are friends.

        I’ll tell you more about the gig Monday but watch for us on WSPA channel 7. It will be filmed Wednesday AM August 25 in the Michelin on the Main studio in Greenville, S.C. and then will air at 10:00 AM that same morning.

      After that I have two more book stops in the Greenville area the same day. I’ll outline all the details Monday, but right now I gotta split for the doctor gig. Talk to you then.

        Full disclosure in writing is a beautiful thing. Now I am no longer nervous.

Dr. B