Their self-titled and So Much In Between release on Crossroads Music was produced by Nashville vertran Jerry Salley and features both secular and gospel bluegrass music. Audiences in every venue have been stunned by the conviction, commitment, and depth of their performances. Presenting songs of faith in God and love of each other, their communication with their audiences and each other is extraordinary.
Darin Aldridge first played music in public when he was six years old. Beginning with piano and drums and adding band instruments while in school, he soon gravitated towards stringed instruments. Learning to play banjo in order to join his first band, Straight and Narrow, he was encouraged to switch to mandolin when he showed an aptitude for it while teaching someone else to play. Since then, teaching has been one of his consistent activities. He now teaches in his studio as well as at the Gaston County School of the Arts in Gastonia, NC, near his home in Cherryville. His first touring band at a young age was, Acoustic Syndicate, which played a range of jazz, blues, and folk rock, touring up and down the east coast. Shortly after the Syndicate Darin joined the Country Gentlemen and toured with them for seven years until Charlie Waller’s sad passing in 2004. The Country Gentlemen were asked to be part of the 2005 Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. Darin recorded three projects with The Country Gentlemen; the first, Crying in the Chapel, received a IBMA nomination for gospel event of the year. The last project, Songs of the American Spirit, won the SPBGMA 2005 best bluegrass album of the year. Soon after Waller’s death, a group of Country Gentlemen alumni formed The Circuit Riders which performed together from 2005-2008 and recorded the album Let The Ride Begin.
Darin has also filled in on stage with Blue Highway, Mike Snider,Paul Williams,The Isaacs,Mac Wiseman,Jim Lauderdale,George Hamilton IV and Blueridge, to name a few. He’s produced his own solo CD for Pinecastle Records (Call It A Day) and been nominated for the SPBGMA mandolin player of the year award four times and Guitar player of the year in 2011. He’s a very talented studio musician, and a songwriter who contributes original material for the band and recordings. This broad experience has prepared him with the range of excellence needed to front a group ready to break out as a major force in bluegrass and gospel music.
Brooke Justice Aldridge grew up on the mountains of Avery County, NC just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Her voice carries the lilt of the mountains along with the sophisticated sounds of a singer with experience way beyond her 25 years. Despite winning many competitions, Brooke never really knew how much she loved to sing until she reached the age of a teenager. Success in countless competitions led her to venture out beyond home, and in 2004 she competed in the regionals of the Nashville Star competition in Columbus, Georgia, where she finished third in a talented group of more than one hundred hopefuls. In 2007, Brooke recorded her very first CD, I’ll Go With You, on Pinecastle Records.
Projecting the innocence of her mountain origins and the deep faith that forms her core, Brooke’s powerful voice and personal commitment shine through with every note. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Appalachian State Universityin and currently teaches pre-school while maintaining a strenuous touring schedule. At the core of her music lies belief—belief in her faith, her life partner, and the force of her own voice.Everyone who hears her sing is astounded at her sure tone and remarkable strength.
Upright bassist Dwayne Anderson has been around music from early on in life, having grown up around his grandfather, who also played bass. It was this exposure to bluegrass music throughout his young life that helped to instill in him a strong sense of rhythm and timing. At the age of 15, Dwayne decided to try his hand at the upright bass. He asked his grandfather to show him a thing or two, and after only two short months of practice, was able to go out and start jamming with other bluegrass pickers. Before joining Darin & Brooke, Dwayne performed with Blue Shadow and with Clearview.
Dwayne is currently enrolled as a student at East Tennessee State University where he is a member of the Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music program, and current bass player for the Bluegrass Pride Band and received the Kiser Memorial Scholarship to attend the program. During his stay at ETSU, Dwayne was fortunate enough to receive one-on-one training with legendary bassist Barry Bales. While he has learned to pick a little on other bluegrass instruments, bass remains his forte—everything from bluegrass, to country, or jazz and swing. He plays a 1960 Kay bass.
At the age of 13 in small town Chesnee, South Carolina, Collin Willis developed a desire to play the Dobro. He went to his Grandpa, who played various instruments, for advice. After a few pointers from his Grandpa, Collin began exploring the Dobro on his own. He taught himself how to play by listening to Jerry Douglas records and trying to emulate what he heard. A few years later, Collin joined his first band at the age of 15. Since then he has recorded and played with numerous bands including, The Blazing Bluegrass Band, The King James 1611 Boys, The Galloway Family, Mike Upright and Standing Tall, Last Road, and Mountain Faith. Some of his influences include Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes and Paul Franklin. Collin plays Meredith Resophonic Guitars.