Darin & Brooke Aldridge back in the studio

Darin and Brooke Aldridge are in the studio this month completing what will be their second project for the Mountain Home label. As was the case with their self-titled 2010 album, this one is being overseen by noted Nashville songwriter and producer, Jerry Salley.

Darin told us lat week that when it came time to start work on this new record, the first thing that occurred to them was ‘Why change a winning combination?’

“Having Jerry available to guide and mentor us through the process of selecting, arranging and recording the songs gave us the confidence to go back into the studio. He not only brings out the best of your talent, he inspires you to put more of our true selves into each song.  His style fits with our style and we just love and appreciate him so much.”

Salley has contributed as a songwriter to the new album, along with some of his Nashville co-writers like Lisa Shaffer, Sidney Cox, Scott Patrick and the great Tom T. and Dixie Hall. Tom T. even makes a guest appearance singing with Darin and Brooke on he and Miss Dixie’s song, Our Little World.

Darin plays guitar, and Brooke mandolin, with both sharing in lead and harmony vocals.

“Tracking with us on this album is our full time band which consists of two new comers: bass player Dwayne Anderson who is a very talented musician and student at ETSU, and fiddleriddler and great personality Rachel Renee Johnson. On banjo is Chris Byant, who has been with the band since day one. Our special guest on the recording is Rob Ickes on dobro, and it has been a pleasure getting to work alongside him on another exciting project!”

This as-yet untitled album will feature a mix of secular and Gospel music that takes advantage of these signing sweethearts and their plaintive duets.

“There won’t be any killing, cheating or cussing in any of the songs. We prefer to live on the sunny side of the street and sing songs about love and our faith.”

Here’s a taste of the band from IBMA’s 2010 Fan Fest in Nashville last October.

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