DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE
Husband and wife duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge draw on the traditions of their native North Carolina, the savvy of a young, gifted band and their own dedication to ingenuity to create the most mature release of their career with their latest release, Flying.
The duo has placed at the top of the charts on Americana/Roots, SiriusXM, Bluegrass and Gospel charts. They have received multiple nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPGBMA) and Inspirational Country Music (ICM). The music video “Wildflower” is being featured on CMT and CMT Edge and GAC. Their TV appearances include PBS, Great American Gospel, The Bluegrass Road, Presley’s Country Jubilee, RFD-TV, Rural-TV, Daystar Network, Blue Highways TV, Song of the Mountains and Music City Roots.
Both highly acclaimed vocalists in their own right, Darin and Brooke combine rich harmonies with impeccable musicianship to create the unmistakable sound that has made them one of the hottest young acts in acoustic music and they’ve surrounded themselves with a band of equally amazing pickers. Darin spent 6 years as a member of the acclaimed County Gentleman and is a highly sought-after multi-instrumentalist. Brooke has been lauded for having one of the most powerful voices in music of any genre.
“Brooke asserts herself as one of the more powerful female vocalists in the scene…” ~Relix Magazine
Flying is their 5th album. The new project is rooted in the stellar musicianship of Darin and Brooke’s bluegrass and gospel background but brings a new edge to their sound as they explore broader acoustic instrumentation and musical themes. Flying is available on Organic Records and showcases Darin and Brooke Aldridge’s versatility as they add new dimensions to their sound.
“Husband and wife duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge have carved out one of the fastest rising careers on the acoustic music scene today.” ~Billboard Magazine
Darin and Brooke were among the artists honored to appear at the recent grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC. The cultural center is dedicated to the legend who inspired generations of musicians and artists.
The Aldridge’s are mainstays on radio charts with singles lingering in top positions well after their release.
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Darin Aldridge is a multi-instrumentalist, song writer, producer and a Leadership Bluegrass Alumni from Cherryville N.C. Teaching music has been one of his consistent activities and now teaches in his studio as well as at the Gaston School of the Arts in Gastonia, N.C. 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 , Jack Lawrence , Bryan Sutton 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 and 2012. 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 acoustic 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.
After watching the movie O’ Brother Where Art Thou?, Tyler Collins heard bluegrass music for the first time, and he was amazed. Tyler started learning how to the play the banjo at the age of 10. He grew up playing music with Sierra Hull, Cody Hull, and Dwayne Anderson. By age 12, he was already playing with his first band. At age 14, he was filling in at shows with Sierra Hull and Highway 111. He then got the privilege to play with Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys on the Grand Ole Opry. He has won numerous competitions around the state of Tennessee on banjo and guitar, including Tennessee State Dobro Champion. He has played with many bands including, Hub City, Slow Gold, New Foundation featuring Jimmy Bowen, JC and Last Resort, Jesse Gregory and Faultline, Delnora Reed, Southbound, Cody Hull and Vertical Limit, and most recently Carrie Hassler. Tyler will be in the ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country music program.