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DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE, “Snapshots,” Mountain Home. 11 tracks.

February 9, 2015

“Snapshots” is husband-wife duo Darin and Brooke Aldridge‘s sixth album.

It’s also their best.

The North Carolina natives released their first album, an all-gospel collection, in 2008, a few months before they were married.

Darin worked his way up through the bluegrass ranks, including a stint with the Country Gentlemen.

Brooke’s background is primarily in gospel.

But through the years, the couple has carved out a niche as the “singing sweethearts” of bluegrass.

The 11 songs on the album mostly come from bands the couple has liked or been part of in the past.

It’s a pretty even mix of sacred and secular numbers.

Sam Bush joins the Aldridges on “Get Up John,” an uptempo gospel song written by Bill Monroe, Marty Stuart and Jerry Sullivan.

Fiddle great Bobby Hicks sits in on Monroe’s “My Rose of Old Kentucky.”

Doyle Lawson lends his talents to “Let’s,” a hard-driving love song written by Eddie Adcock.

And Ricky Skaggs adds his harmonies to the gospel song, “When He Calls.”

Other songs include the Everly Brothers‘ “Let It Be Me,” Johnny Cash‘s “Tennessee Flat Top Box,” Dave Macon‘s “Wait Til The Clouds Roll By,” Gillian Welch‘s “Annabelle” and “Will You Be Ready,” written by Darin Aldridge and Bobby Jones.

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DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE, “Flying,” Organic Records. 10 tracks.

September 9, 2013

If bluegrass is, as Bill Monroe called it, “high lonesome music,” then the music of Darin and Brooke Aldridge isn’t bluegrass.

There is little about lonesome in the songs on their albums.

They’re about love found and rarely lost.

And “Flying” is no exception.

For the most part, these are beautiful songs that push the boundaries of bluegrass.

The record label’s publicity for the album talks about “combining tradition with innovation” and “edgy melodies and song selection meant for a a new and wider audience.”

Some of the songs are acoustic rock. Some are soft bluegrass.

But they’re all good.

“Laurie Stevens,” a new song that sounds old, is the only truly lost love song on the album. And it finds two lovers dying in a flood, one trying to save the other.

Nanci Griffith’s “Outbound Plane” is almost a lost love song. But it still holds hope that love will “fly on its own.”

“Trying to Make Clocks Slow Down,” “Higher Than My Heart,” “Love Does,” “Little Bit of Wonderful,” “To The Moon and Back,” “I Gotta Have Butterflies,” “Love Speak To Me” and “Maybe Just A Little” all deal with the joys of love.

So, if you’re tired of tragedy and lovers that always leave, check this one out.

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DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE, “Live At Red, White and Bluegrass!,” Mountain Home. 12 tracks.

January 7, 2013

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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