Constant Change was formed in January of 2002 by a group of North Carolina musicians in their twenties with a passion for bluegrass music. For the first several years the band lived up to its name, as various hot young pickers came and went. But once Brian Aldridge (banjo) and his brother Daniel (mandolin) stepped in to join founding member Clifton Preddy (fiddle), the nucleus of a special band was in place. With Greg Luck and Zak McLamb now in the band, they are surely a “band to watch”.
Constant Change has evolved over the years with their musical style and selections. With this new configuration, the emphasis is more on a "band" sound reminiscent back to the BG Album Band era which helped to define the second generation of bluegrass. They are now leveraging and showcasing the strengths of each member while collectively synergizing into a refreshing but familiar sound which is powerful and "in the pocket" as they say. With the new members who are also based in North Carolina, the band is energized more than ever and ambitious towards producing the best music yet.
Brian once claimed first prize at two fiddlers conventions back to back, playing "Dear Old Dixie" and "Randy Lynn Rag." His dream is to own a pre-war flathead banjo. Brian is also a master of the Scruggs style of finger picked guitar, which he often employs on the band's gospel quartets. Brian's hard-driving style, tasteful backup licks, and heartfelt vocals are the centerpiece of the Constant Change sound.
Brian's hobbies include hunting and picking, and he's a natural-born mechanic. When he's not playing music, Brian can be found in Chapel Hill where he works as a service technician for the University of North Carolina.
Daniel spent the summer of 2005 touring with Jeannette Williams before returning to play with Constant Change. In addition to his dazzling mandolin picking, Daniel is a fine lead singer, and provides much of the baritone harmony in the band's trios and quartets. Daniel is employed at the Alamance County Sheriff’s department.
Zak started playing music with his parents in a local group, The Tony McLamb Band, in 1988, and continues to play with them today. He joined the Raleigh-based New Vintage Bluegrass Band in 1992 and played with them for two of his high school years. It was during this time that New Vintage won both the SPBGMA International Band Championship and the Pizza Hut International Bluegrass Showdown. Zak has recorded with many different artist in recent years and is considered one of the top bass players in the industry. We are happy to have him back as part of Constant Change.
He is also a great studio engineer and is the owner and operator of Riverside Audio in Mt. Gilead, NC where he makes his home and has recorded many great artists such as IIIrd Tyme Out, Country Gentlemen, The Chapmans, Lou Reid & Carolina, Constant Change, and many others. He has written songs that have been recorded by the likes of Dan Seals, Lee Ann Womack, Ronnie Bowman, IIIrd Tyme Out, Mountain Heart, and many more. As you can see, he is a welcomed addition to Constant Change.
Over his musical career, Clifton has performed and recorded with many bands, including Swift Run, The Virginia Travelers, New Classic Grass, Lynwood Lunsford, New Vintage, Carolina Road, The Navy Bluegrass Band, The Jason Michael Carroll Band, Steel Creek, Carolina Connection, and The Beard Brothers. His greatest influences are Chubby Wise, Mark O'Connor, the Lonesome River Band, and his great-uncle, old-time fiddler Emil "Dunk" Preddy.
Clifton was a founding member of Constant Change, and he takes care of most of the band's business. He has contributed a number of original songs to the Constant Change repertoire. He sings both lead and harmony, and supplies the bass part in all of the band's quartets. Clifton works as a Business Transformation Senior Manager in Research Triangle Park.