You wouldn’t want to think your physician is a lyin’ dog, but, in the case of Kenneth Tobin, D.O., being a member of the Lyin’ Dog rock band is a way to unwind and to give back.
The Lyin’ Dog Band was originally formed in 1997 when Tobin was a cardiology fellow at Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak. Today, Tobin is assistant professor, department of internal medicine and director, Chest Pain Center at the U-M Health System.
“One of my colleagues-in-training and I teamed up with one of the general internists at Beaumont who was a drummer, and we placed an ad in a local paper to find some other fellow musicians,” Tobin says.
“For me personally, it was a journey back in time. I originally learned to play the acoustic guitar in sixth grade when I joined the music group that performed in Sundays at my local church.”
That was the last time he took formal guitar lessons. Since then he taught himself lead and rhythm guitar.
“When I was in high school in the 70s, I discovered rock and roll, bought my first electric guitar and, along with everyone else who played in local bands, had a dream of touring the country. I came to a crossroads in my early college years and decided instead to dedicate myself to academics and sold all of my guitar equipment. It wasn’t until I was finishing medical school that I decided to pick up a guitar again and began jamming with a few of my classmates.”
And that’s when a Detroit-style classic rock band was born. Read the rest of this entry »