Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Darin & Brooke Aldridge Featuring Jimmy Fortune in Cherryville, NC - April 23, 2016

Darin & Brooke Aldridge featuring Jimmy Fortune, formerly with the Statler Brothers, will be appearing for a single performance at the Starnes Auditorium in Cherryville, NC for a benefit concert with the proceeds going to the Cherryville Shriner's Club and the Cherryville Mainstreet Program. Unspoken Tradition, a local band headed for much wider recognition, will open. Tickets can be obtained online from or by phone at 704.455.1700. Starnes Auditorium, a 900 seat facility, is located at 401 E. First Street in Cherryville, NC. 

Jimmy Fortune

Jimmy Fortune toured and wrote for the legendary Statler Brothers for twenty-one years, writing many of their hit songs. As a member of the Statler Brothers, he's been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Country Music Association (CMA) Hall of Fame. Since their retirement in 2002, he has toured as a solo act. Currently, he has been appearing with Darin & Brooke Aldridge, a combination that seems to have been meant to be, combining Fortune's great songs and well-know voice with the power of Brooke Aldridge, the marvelous harmony of Darin as well as Darin's unique instrumental versatility on both mandolin and guitar. Fortune's first number one song, Elizabeth, has been widely covered. 

Jimmy Fortune - Elizabeth - Video

Darin & Brooke Aldridge

Darin & Brooke Aldridge have released six CD's in the past few years, with their latest, Snapshots, placing several songs on the charts, including their marvelous cover of Johnny Cash's Tennessee Flattop Box. which reached number one.  Billed as the Bluegrass Sweethearts, Darin & Brooke have shown vocal and instrumental dexterity and variety. Brooke's strong voice, always dead on the note, clear, and powerful, is a wonder to behold. Kentucky radio DJ Steve Martin wrote, "... effortless, dead on each note , perfect harmony ,no straining to reach any note she chooses, as loud as required by the setting,the notes are pure with no wobbling , she doesn't slide to the next note she just goes there, her breath control is a thing of beauty, she can carry any room or make you lean in closer to listen, meaning in the lyrics is never sacrificed."

Darin toured for nine years with the Country Gentlemen, and later with the Circuit Riders. He is noted for his virtuosity on both mandolin and guitar as well as his fine tenor voice. Whether recording and touring with their own band, or working closely with other artists, Darin & Brooke Aldridge bring class and first rate musicality to the mix. Listen to this video of their recent hit:

Darin and Brooke - Tennessee Flattop Box - Official Video

Darin Aldridge

Brooke Aldridge

Unspoken Tradition

Unspoken Tradition is an emerging band that has developed and matured in Cherryville, with many of its members being former students of Darin Aldridge. We first saw them at the Bomb Shelter, a buried treasure of a jam location that's been holding bluegrass jams in Cherryville for decades. Last Fall, this band was selected as an official showcase band for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) meetings in Raleigh. They're the sort of rising young band about whom you want to be able to say, "I saw them before anyone else had heard of them, and KNEW....."

Unspoken Tradition - The Bullet - Video

Don't miss this fine young band!

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The concert will take place at the Starnes Auditorium located at 401 East First Street in Cherryville, NC, convenient to Charlotte, Gastonia, and Shelby, NC as well as Spartanburg, SC and environs. Tickets cost $20.00 and can be ordered at or by phone at 704.455.1700.

Starnes Auditorium