You Heard It Here First (Okay, maybe 2nd) – Darin and Brooke Aldridge CD release

        Darin and Brooke Aldridge’s new CD was expected right after the first of the year.  It came in ahead of deadline. I have it on good authority that CrossRoads music just released it.

        If you love good music don’t miss these kids.  Don’t just take old Doc’s word for it; ask the Nashville crowd.  They are in the business and want to find all the best new music.  When I was in Nashville I went to Darin and Brooke’s IBMA Showcase.  Eddie Stubbs was impressed enough to put them on a live feed to WSM (Grand Ole Opry) radio.  I figure he knows a little about it. 

        I invited my Lit agent to that event because I wanted him to see first hand what all the fuss was about.  When he first got involved with me, he knew nothing about this kind of music.  He found their vocals and instrumentation spectacular, and took in every one of their shows.  When a newcomer stays up to catch the last one at 2:30 in the morning it has to be good.  While new to our music, he’s been in the talent search business a long time.  He took notes of who was who all day.  At the last session, he turned to me and said, “Doc, I notice all the movers and shakers are still here.”  He was right.

        While their music is based in a traditional style it is also new and different.  They sound a bit like the Everlys or the Louvins except one voice is female and one is male.  You’ll feel like you’ve never heard anything quite like them and yet feel you’ve heard them all your life.  

        They now have a booking agent, Andrea Roberts Agency out of Nashville, and have begun to secure gigs on the national circuit for 2010.   North Carolina will always be home though, so I want to tell you about their upcoming show.  Remember; you heard it here first.  (okay, maybe 2nd; they have released the date on their website.) 

        The CD release party and North Carolina debut for the project will be at the Don Gibson theatre in Shelby, N.C. on Friday night January 22, 2010.  Shelby is the home of Don Gibson.  It is also the home of Earl Scruggs.  The Gibson Theatre is brand new, but has all the earmarks of a potential historic venue. 

        I believe this will prove to be a historic show.  After all, Earl Scruggs and Don Gibson are both Shelby natives.  Darin grew up right down the road from Shelby in Cherryville, and Brooke is also a North Carolina native from Avery County.  One would have to interpret that the folks from Shelby not only recognize the beauty of traditional based music, but also the value of booking homegrown talent when they break into the national scene.  It’s no surprise to regional music insiders the Gibson theater was the chosen venue.  

       Still, I must tell you there are some folks who contend bluegrass based bands, regardless of how talented, will never have a mass commercial appeal.  A lot rides on this show, not so much for Darin and Brooke, but for the North Carolina music scene.  The people who love good music and also want to see it (and play) at bigger venues will want this to be a big success.  Darin and Brooke are already booked up and down the east coast.  The only question that remains is whether the folks in their back yard will understand what is about to happen and get out to support it.   My bet is they will.  One thing is certain.  If we don’t, we’ll have no basis for complaint if the regional powers that be who book music acts decide later they won’t take a chance on our kind of music. 

        If you know this music I don’t have to convince you to go.  If you don’t, give it a try. You will not regret it.  This is not your father’s bluegrass. (although I love that t00)   If you’re like me and love music but have grown weary of the canned ‘music’ that is put out nowadays with no other mission than to turn a profit, try this instead. 

        When the Dillards were an unknown Ozarks band (before you knew them as the Darling family on the Andy Griffith show) they decided to test the water and book a show at an area college.  It was a big success, and gave them the confidence to strike out for California.  I hope we will treat the Aldridges the same way.  We need to support our own.  If we do, when they get to California they won’t forget us, and they are headed that way. 

          I am certain they would want you to know 25% of proceeds for this show will go to local area ministries.  For the Aldridges, like most bluegrass bands, the gospel is a big part of what they do.  These folks don’t just sing the gospel, they do their best to live it.

        Here’s how to get a ticket to the show or order their CD.  The easiest way right now is to go their website. The link is here:  Tickets will also be available at Shelby Music Center.  I’m certain they will announce other locations in the near future. 

        Harvey County is small town America, one of those places where the City Hall is in the back of the Dairy Queen.  Even though small in numbers, we have our music ear to the ground in a big way.  We hear what’s coming, and want to be a part of it.  I’ll have a few tickets at my office.  If I’ve ever visited your blog or e-mailed you then you’ll have my personal e-mail.  Contact me if you can’t get a hold of a ticket.  Johnny’s Jewelry and Pawn will have ’em too.  Harvey County might not be big enough to host a show like this, but we’re progressive enough to see where this is headed.

        I’ll see you there.  Look for the gray-haired guy.  Where there is good music in North Carolina Dr. Tommy Bibey is very likely a face somewhere in the crowd, ’cause no one loves it more.

Dr. B

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19 Comments on “You Heard It Here First (Okay, maybe 2nd) – Darin and Brooke Aldridge CD release”

  1. Ted Lehmann Says:

    Look for a review of this great new CD on my blog in a few days. – Ted

  2. drtombibey Says:


    I look forward to your take on it. I’ll link to your blog that day so my readers can jump over there and see what the English Professor has to say.

    Dr. B

  3. danny fulks Says:

    Doc, have you heard Rosanne Cash sing Sea of Heartbreak? With the BOSS on her new cd, in heavy rotation or your way, Harvey rotation.

    • drtombibey Says:


      I have heard clips from it. Very good; very authentic. I have heard rumblings this new Gibson Theater might want to book her.

      Dr. B

  4. Jerry Salley Says:

    Dr. B,
    Enjoyed today’s blog.
    Thanks so much for sharing your passion for Bluegrass music in general and Darin & Brooke Aldridge specifically. They are fantastic and everyone who attends the show in January will understand what you are talking about. Take care, Merry Christmas and may 2010 bring good health and countless Blessings.
    Jerry Salley

  5. drtombibey Says:


    Thank you sir, and a blessed holiday to you too. You are a fine producer. I watched you work and you know how to push the artist to their absolute best.

    Someday you, Carl Jackson, and Larry Cordle need to bring your trio act to the Gibson. It might not be Nashville, but it is a cool venue and has already begun to accumulate some music history.

    Dr. B

  6. drtombibey Says:

    Y’all, Larry Shell left this comment on another post and I liked it so much I moved it to the front page.

    Larry ( THE REV ) Says:

    December 21, 2009 at 11:58 am

    DR. B……as always enjoy the latest ramblings from a NC Music Man and one who loves it so much… Keep On Keepin’ On !!!!!

    THE REV Kill Nashville Pop !!!!!

    drtombibey Says:

    December 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm


    Thank you so much. You are right; old Doc does love the music so. I want to also see some of the talent you are grooming show up in North Carolina.

    The junior officers have assimilated the troops, and we will follow our leaders.

    Dr. B

  7. Wayne and Kristin Benson Says:

    Hey Dr. B,

    After moving back to the Carolinas, after more than a decade in Nashville, we have a vested interest in the local music scene. We’re hopeful that the Gibson Theater will become a mainstay for bluegrass and acoustic music. The area needs an esteemed venue that will honor the region’s musical heritage, the legacy of natives like Earl Scruggs and Don Gibson, as well as providing opportunities for fantastic new artists, like Darin and Brooke. Should be a great show!

    Wayne and Kristin Benson

    • drtombibey Says:

      Wayne and Kristin,

      Nothing would thrill me more than to see III Tyme Out and the Grascals get booked there someday too. You guys are carrying on the tradition in a big way, and making the real music that is gonna be remembered for a long time.

      Wherever you guys play that night keep them in your prayers. I also pray for your continued success. What is good for y’all is also good for Darin and Brooke and old Dr. B too ’cause all us bluegrassers are in it together.

      Dr. B

  8. Megan Peeler Says:

    Dr. B,
    My grass isn’t usually blue, but I do love stepping onto it a time or two…
    I had the privilege of spending some time with Darin and Brooke at the recent IBMA’s in Nashville. They’re as real as their music: down-to-earth and enjoyably approachable, not with any of that superficial pop fluff. I am certain that people’s radars will innately pick up on that. Remember, Alison Krauss stayed oh-so-true to the music she heard in her heart…and the masses followed. If D&B do that as well, people will naturally follow.
    All love,

    • drtombibey Says:


      Old Doc is up early today. I appreciate your comment so much. You know, bluegrass and classic country are awful close cousins. I long for the days when country radio would play Lester Flatt right opposite Loretta Lynn.

      After winning that Colgate Country Showdown you sure need to hit that Gibson stage too, kid. I’m not a power guy in music but I’m sure gonna let ’em know my vote.

      The way I see it, Don Gibson and Earl Scruggs were both Shelby folks and I know you from over that way too. Seems to me they grow a lot of good musicians over there.

      Dr. B

  9. Carmen Says:

    Yes your passion for the music comes through loud and clear. I’ll be on the lookout for them in the midwest. And I’ll be checking out the cd. Merry Christmas!

    • drtombibey Says:


      I got a copy late yesterday and played it for my office ladies. They cried when they heard the beauty of this CD, and some of them are new to our music.

      My wife is a bass player. I think a husband and wife who play music together is a spiritual thing. This couple is the best new duo I’ve heard in a long time.

      Y’all have a blessed Christmas out there my friend.

      Dr. B

  10. Dan Spake Says:

    Hey Doc, I hope we make it for Darin & Brooke’s release party. We may be out of town that week, but again, maybe not.

    Take Care,

    • drtombibey Says:


      Like many bluegrass folks I know you travel hard to make your living, but if you’re gonna be near there that night, please go, and spread the word too.

      All the best and have a fine holiday.

      Dr. B

  11. Simpkins Says:


    Im like you when it comes to good music , I love it , and It makes it even better when were connected to the artist in such a way that we both are ,, makes me Proud !!! and happy to see Darin & Brooke having such wonderful success in their lifelong dream .


    • drtombibey Says:


      You are a good man. You keep on singing that gospel my friend. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

      Dr. B

  12. Carrie Says:

    Dr. B.,

    Well, even though I’m not into bluegrass, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this blog! Great bit of writing: “You’ll feel like you’ve never heard anything quite like them and yet feel you’ve heard them all your life.” Paradoxical, almost, yet I really like the meaning implied there. End writer to writer admiration.

    I’m having a lovely holiday so far. I got to have lunch with my friends, I’ve been sleeping late like a pro, and I saw that Avatar movie that everyone’s been talking about in 3D today. It made me feel like I was the age of the little blond-headed girl sitting in front of me, a pair of 3D glasses swallowing her face and eyes barely able to take it all in properly.

    Merry Christmas,

    • drtombibey Says:


      Well, from an old gray-haired writer to a college aged one, I appreciate that so much. One of the great things about this writer gig is it allows people of diverse ages and backgrounds to come together and find common ground.

      I am so glad you are doing well. I keep up with you on FaceBook. When I was your age, I thought I was gonna cure the whole world. Now I know I can’t but I’m still glad I tried to as hard as I could the whole way.

      Sometime go over to their website and listen to a few clips from Darin and Brooke. While they are bluegrass by heritage they have transcended genres with this project. Check them out when they swing through Mississippi.

      Have a blessed holiday, Carrie. Take a good break then go back and study hard again.

      Dr. B

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