The Sweethearts of Bluegrass Music, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, will be performing at the new Earl Scruggs Center on January 11th. Darin and Brooke Aldridge, are from Cherryville N.C. and are one of the best duos in acoustic music these days. In 2011 the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) voted them an Emerging Artist of the year nominee two years in a row and the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music (SPBGMA) voted them as gospel group, album, and song of the year nominees.
Their self-titled album a year ago propelled Darin and Brooke Aldridge into the top five on Bluegrass, Americana Roots, and Gospel music charts. One of the songs from the album was still number two on the Bluegrass chart a full year after the album was released. Last summer they were the most played bluegrass artists on Sirius/XM radio.
Their 2012 Tour had them traveling in almost half of the states in the U.S. thanks to support from their friends at Sun Drop citrus cola. Fans around the country have fallen in love with the “Sweethearts”. “Married in December of 2008, Darin and Brooke make their love and faith in each other and in the Lord a cornerstone of their music. Their sincerity and talent combine to create an entertainment experience that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Their rich harmonies, supported by a first rate band, showcase two fine individual voices with a superb blend. Bluegrass Unlimited described their Gospel recording I’ll Go With You by saying that they “set a new standard of excellence in bluegrass gospel.”
Their self-titled and So Much In Between release on Crossroads Music was produced by Nashville vertran Jerry Salley and features both secular and gospel bluegrass music. Audiences in every venue have been stunned by the conviction, commitment, and depth of their performances. Presenting songs of faith in God and love of each other, their communication with their audiences and each other is extraordinary.
The Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the American South officially opens January 11th to a great fanfare of music and celebration. The Aldrige performance will be one of the first at this great new venue and museum's historic grand opening.