Darin and Brooke
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 adventurous album of their career with their latest release, Faster & Farther.
The duo has placed several tracks 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). Their music videos “Wildflower” and “Tennessee Flat Top Box” were heavily featured on outlets including CMT, CMT Edge, GAC, Bluegrass Ridge TV and The Bluegrass Situation. TV appearances include PBS, Great American Gospel, The Bluegrass Road, Presley’s Country Jubilee, RFD-TV, Rural-TV, Daystar Network, Blue Highways TV, Songs of the Mountain, Woodsongs 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
Snapshots, their highly acclaimed previous album, made its debut at the #8 spot on The Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart in April of 2016 and by May the first single “Tennessee Flat Top Box” had claimed the #1 position on the Bluegrass Today Chart. They ended 2016 placing two songs from the album at #1 and earning critical praise in Bluegrass, Contemporary Christian and Americana.
“Husband and wife duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge have carved out one of the fastest rising careers on the acoustic music scene today.” ~ Billboard Magazine
Their new project, Faster & Farther, their 8th album, is set to be released on February 10, 2017 on the Mountain Home Music Company label. It is rooted in the stellar musicianship of Darin and Brooke’s bluegrass and gospel background. Faster and Farther showcases appearances by special guest artists like New Grass Revival/Doobie Brothers legend, close friend, mentor and 2016 touring partner John Cowan, New Grass Revival member Pat Flynn, Country Music Hall of Famer and close friend Vince Gill, Union Station bassist Barry Bales and more.
Darin and Brooke enjoyed the busiest touring year of their career in 2016 with shows pairing them with previously mentioned John Cowan for 26 theatre and high profile festival dates spanning the country, 16 theatre dates with Country Music Hall of Famer Jimmy Fortune, a Ryman appearance with Vince Gill and several festival/theatre stops with Pat Flynn. They also shared the stage with the likes of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founding members John McEuen and Jimmie Fadden, Country/Bluegrass legend Marty Raybon, Platinum selling Country star John Berry and Blue Highway members Jason Burleson and Tim Stafford. 2017 will find them accelerating their touring, highlighted by a coveted main stage appearance at Merlefest as well as a repeat visit to Songs of the Mountain for a nationally syndicated PBS appearance.
The Aldridge’s are mainstays on radio charts with singles routinely maintaining top chart positions well after their release.
Carley Arrowood: Fiddle-Vocals
20 year old Carley, from Union Mills, NC, has been playing for 8 years and gives all the glory to her LORD and Savior Jesus Christ! She joined Darin and Brooke two years ago. Previously she played in the teen group Most Wanted Bluegrass for almost 4 years and was a member of the IBMA Kids on Bluegrass program for three years. Carley also plays and sings lead and harmony in the newly formed group, The Arrowood Sisters Band. She loves her music and prays that she can shine God’s light wherever it may take her.
Career Highlights: First chair, 1st violin Hendersonville youth symphony orchestra 2 years in a row; being part of an award winning youth band for almost 4 years; joining D&B right after high school , touring with John Cowan.
Allen Shadd: Guitar
Allen started playing guitar when he was seven years old. Originally from Florida, he grew up traveling with various bands, eventually turning his attention to contests. Allen is a two-time National Flatpicking champion (1997 & 2013) and he is a two-time Wayne Henderson guitar competition champion, as well as Merlefest champion, Rockygrass champion and holds many other state and regional titles. Although he has excelled in his contest endeavors, he is equally at home performing workshops and concerts. He has been featured as an artist and has also authored articles in numerous music publications. Allen lives in Lake Wyle, SC.
Career Highlights: Performed or recorded with Tom T. Hall, Claire Lynch, Randy Howard, Peter Rowan, Alan O*Bryant, Jack Lawrence, David Grier, Norman Blake, Barry Lee Harwood, T. Michael Coleman and many more.
Matt Menefee: Banjo, Dobro
Matt Menefee is widely thought of as one of the hottest banjo players on the scene today. Originally from New Mexico, he first got his start after moving to Texas and was one of the founding members of the ground breaking pro- gressive bluegrass super-group, Cadillac Sky (2002 until 2010). He currently lives in Nashville and is involved in several different projects, two of which are The Whistles and The Bells and ChessBoxer. ChessBoxer, founded in 2011, seeks to expand the direction of acoustic/ bluegrass music and venture into new areas of sound that have never been explored. They have been touring over the last year as the backing band for guitar legend Warren Haynes.
Career Highlights: In 2000 he won the National Banjo Championship and the Texas State Banjo Championship. He has collaborated, performed and recorded with artists like: Charlie Peacock, New Found Glory, Mumford and Sons, Bela Fleck, Bruce Hornsby, Steve Cropper, Dan Auerbach, Big and Rich, Ricky Skaggs and Matthew Wilder.
Billy Gee: Bass
Biilly, from La Plata, MD, now lives in Moravian Falls, NC, He earned a business degree from Appalachian State in 1973 and has played professionally for the last 40 plus years. He toured with Donnie Story before joining Backstreet and touring England and Scotland in 2002. In 2004 he became the last bass player for international bluegrass legend, Charlie Waller and the Country Gentleman. When Charlie passed away Billy and Darin Aldridge became founding members of the Circuit Riders. He was a founding member of The ToneBlazers, who produced three albums. Billy has performed at many bluegrass festivals and has performed at every Merlefest since 1992. He plays a 1949 Kay bass and an Eminence portable bass.
Career Highlights: Performed at 2005 Presidential Inaugural Celebration in Washington, DC.; The Banknotes annual tribute to Bill Young at Merlefest; In May 2016, he received the Dr. T.R. Bryan Wilkes Heritage Music Award, as part of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.