Bluegrass CD Pick of the Week- Darin Aldridge/Brooke Justice

        A reader named Billy suggested I begin to compile a list of favorite discs.  I thought it was a great idea and it inspired a new category- bluegrass pick of the week.  I would love the input of my readers on this one.  Tell me about your favorite bluegrass CDs and why you like them.  Rate it on a five star system, with five being tops.  I look forward to hearing of your personal favorites.  They do not have to be nationally known groups, but it is fine if they are too.

        Here is  my first pick of the week.  The Darin Aldridge/Brooke Justice Quintet played at the Art of Sound festival last weekend.  I recommend their CD, ‘I’ll Go With You,’ at five stars in the bluegrass gospel category.

        Brooke’s voice is clear and pre-protools perfect.  She enunciates every word with clarity and sings with emotion.  Darin is a great singer too, and his harmonies are blended and phrased with her vocals to perfection .  Aldridge is a mando tone monster.  The instrumentation is flawless- they are bluegrass virtuosos.   

        Pinecastle Records struck a lick with this one.  I suspect the project will be nominated for Bluegrass gospel recording of the year and female vocalist of the year at the IBMA awards in Nashville in 2009.

        Y’all tell me of your favorites, both new and old.  I’ll list ‘em all here, and feature some every week.

Dr. B.

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6 Comments on “Bluegrass CD Pick of the Week- Darin Aldridge/Brooke Justice”

  1. pandemonic Says:

    Sounds like a winner! However, I’m still ga-ga over the last CD… :-)

  2. drtombibey Says:

    Ms. Pande,

    I’m gonna recommend all my favorites over time.

    One word of caution, though. When it comes to bluegrass recordings (and much other music) I am prejudiced. I like almost all of them. I am about bluegrass CDs like I was about girls in college before I met my Marfar- I could find something I liked about all of ‘em.

    Dr. B

  3. Smitty Neuse River Pres. Says:

    1. Skaggs and Rice The Essential Old Time Duet Recording
    2. Skaggs Soldier of the Cross
    3. Del and the Boys
    4. Dale Ann Bradley Catch Tomorrow
    5. Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Just Over in Heaven

    Doc, this will be fun, I am glad that your book has a character Molly Tenbrooks, great choice for a bluegrass based book.

  4. drtombibey Says:

    Smitty ,

    All these are good ones.

    I do a lot of mando/guitar duet work and Skaggs and Rice is also at the top of my all time list.

    When I talked to Mike Marshall, it was up there for him too, and he knows a lot more about it than I do.

    I was tickled Dale Ann Bradley won female vocalist of the year- well deserved.

    Dr. B

  5. Ted Lehmann Says:

    I agree with you about Brooke and Darin’s CD. In fact, I wrote a review of it, too. The awards thing, however, is problematic. It seems that Rounder Records practically owns the awards and it’ll take some sort of blockbuster to knock off their dominance. I do think there might be more hope at SPBGMA (don’t ask) in February. – Ted

  6. drtombibey Says:

    Ted,

    Here’s to starting up the bluegrass Renegade Party, a splinter group within the IBMA. Sam for president, and Tim for vice president. (the ladies say he is better looking than Palin)

    I vote for you as Secretary of State. I find you beyond qualified, but acknowlege up front part of this is political decision. I think you can secure the “Yankee picker” vote.

    I’ll be surgeon general. “A tetanus shot in every pot” is my slogan.

    Dr. B


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