Bibey, Alan


  • Mandolin player from North Carolina.
  • 1982, won the mandolin championship at the World’s Fair in Knoxville.
  • 1983, played with Wes Golding’s band Sure Fire.
  • 1985, formed The New Quicksilver with Terry Baucom, Randy Graham and Jimmy Haley.
  • 1990, was a founding member of IIIrd Tyme Out
  • 1997, formed BlueRidge with former members of The New Quicksilver (Baucom, Haley & Graham).
  • Owns a 1923 Lloyd Loar Gibson F-5 mandolin that was signed by Loar on the same date as the one owned and played by Bill Monroe.
  • 2002, released a solo project In the Blue Room (Sugar Hill).
  • 2006, formed Grasstowne with Phil Leadbetter, Steve Gulley and Jason Davis. After several personnel changes, the group became known as Alan Bibey and Grasstowne.
  • 2013, released an album of mandolin duets with Wayne Benson called Mandolin Chronicles (Pinecastle).
  • 2020, 2019, won the IBMA Award for Mandolin Player of the Year.
  • 2020, won the IBMA Award for Gospel Recording of the Year (for “Gonna Rise and Shine” (Mountain Fever)
  • 2023, joined Balsam Range, playing mandolin.