DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE, “Live At Red, White and Bluegrass!,” Mountain Home. 12 tracks.
Darin Aldridge spent seven years with the Country Gentlemen, moved on to the Circuit Riders, a group formed from Country Gentlemen alumni, and tried it solo for awhile. But it was after he teamed with his now-wife, Brooke Justice Aldridge, that his career — and hers — really took off.
Now dubbed “The Sweethearts of Bluegrass,” the two have been on a bluegrass fast-track in recent years.
Their latest album, “Live At Red, White and Bluegrass!” was recorded live, as the title says, last year at the Red White & Bluegrass Festival in Morganton, N.C.
It’s a blend of gospel and secular music with songs culled from pop, country and bluegrass catalogs.
On the classic side, there’s Shania Twain’s 1996 hit, “No One Needs to Know”; The Teddy Bears No. 1 pop hit from 1958, “To Know Him Is To Love Him”; “Making Plans,” first recorded by The Browns in 1966; Neil Young’s “Powderfinger” from 1979; and Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs’ “Foggy Mountain Rock,” from 1959.
From gospel, there’s “When He Beckons Me Home” and “He’s Already There.”
“Every Scar” says that every scar we accumulate in life tells a story.
“Corn” is about a man who has little to offer the woman he loves except his love and a farm with a field full of corn.
“Lonely Ends Where Love Begins” says it’s time to stop crying and learn to be happy.
“That’s Just Me Loving You” is about the joy of love.
And “Sweetest Waste of Time” is another song about love.
If you’re looking for the blue side of bluegrass, look somewhere else.
This is primarily happy music.
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