I Thought I’d Seen it All

        Along the way I’ve converted more than a few folks to our music. Every so often someone will ask, “Doc, what is it about this music you love so? I just don’t get it.”

        I might give ’em a CD, or better yet, take ’em out to eat and then to a show. Every time I do this and take them to see Darin and Brooke Aldridge they end up quoting their song title, “I thought I’d seen it all. Wow are they good!”

        Your father’s bluegrass was great music and I love it, but the young artists have gone to a whole new level.

        Darin and Brooke are natural musicians, but they’ve worked hard too. As a kid, Darin would stay up all night and dissect out his last show for even the smallest of errors. By the time he auditioned for Charlie Waller it was, as Charlie said, “like he’s been playing with me for years.” He hired Darin on the spot.

        Brooke is a cute little country girl with the big voice. Hear her one time and you’ll never forget her. She’s sung in church and wowed crowds at County Fairs since she was a tyke. You hear about family values; well these young people live it and share the family talent with us somewhere on the bluegrass road almost every weekend.

        You can nominate them for any IBMA award and not go wrong, but the categories of “Emerging Artist,” “Female Vocalist” and “Gospel Project” seem extra apropos. Check out their website: www.darinandbrookealdridge.com. Hearing is believing. Don’t take my word for it. Go see ’em.

       They are in Boone today at the High Country Festival along with my other favorites, Balsam Range, the Harris Brothers and more. Here’s that link: http://www.highcountrybluegrassfestival.com

        The grass needs cutting but my Marfar said, “Oh honey you can work any time. Today you need to play.”

        How could a man not love a woman like that?

        I’ll be back to fiction next week, but I wanted to tell you of my friends first. See you then.

Dr. B

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6 Comments on “I Thought I’d Seen it All”

  1. Simpkins Says:

    You said it all when you said that they have worked really hard , I dont think I have seen anyone work as hard as Big D has especially the last couple of years, I’m like you, I am very proud of him and Brooke, they are the BEST , and they deserve the BEST , I am hoping and praying that they make the final nominations for all the IBMA awards and they bring home a bunch of them .


    • drtombibey Says:


      We saw them yesterday. As always, it was an inspirational performance. I hope they bring home a bunch of ’em too.

      You’re right, Darin has worked as hard at music as I did at doctoring as a young man. He and Brooke deserve all the good that might come their way. They sure make my life better with their music.

      Dr. B

  2. newt221 Says:

    Enjoy Dr. B. You wife has the right idea. When we die, we aren’t going to say, “wow, wish I had cut the grass one more time…” At least I think most of us would not say that…LOL

    Just got back from the Farmer’s Market…The have Blue Grass ever Saturday along with the market. I love it….

    • drtombibey Says:


      Yeah, old Doc has never has anyone say on their death-bed they long to mow the grass or that they wish they hadn’t eaten so much ice cream. Life is to be enjoyed, as long as we don’t infringe on other people’s rights.

      Is the Davidson gig a Saturday morning event? One of these days when Darin is off the road we might do a joint mando workshop/book/CD promotion if they’d be interested.

      Dr. B

  3. worddreams Says:

    If they come to San Diego CA, I can get a few of the Navy folk there. Great music.

    • drtombibey Says:


      Hey thanks for dropping by.

      I feel like they are just one step away from a west coast tour. They are already all over the Eastern Seaboard for 2010 and 11, and have been well received everywhere they’ve gone.

      The Navy crowd knows music. Wayne Taylor just retired from the Navy and Country Current and has settled in North Carolina. Great singer; one of my favorites.

      Dr. B

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