As this is being written, The Mandolin Case is being printed. Here's a sneak peak at the cover of this new novel:
What Happens Next: We'll be taking the mandolin to Strawberry Park in Preston, CT next weekend and passing it on to someone who wants to play the mandolin, perhaps a young picker in the Kids Academy. I'll post some pictures, and perhaps a video, of Irene playing the mandolin and then of her giving it to the next person. If possible, I'd like to get it signed by Marty Stuart, who's headlining Saturday night there. Soon a portion of Dr. Bibey's new web site, to be called The Mandolin Case.com will have a place for holders of The People's Mandolin to post their story and some pictures. Each person will play it a little, learn a song, and in thirty days or so hand it on to the next person. By the end of five years, who knows how many people will have played and signed the mandolin? What stories it will have to tell! With good management and a little luck the plucky little mandolin will find its way back to Merlefest in 2015 and be enshrined in the International Bluegrass Music Museum.