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Reviews of bluegrass music releases

October 14th, 2011 2:36 pm by Associated Press

DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE, "So Much In Between," Mountain Home. 12 tracks

Darin and Brooke Aldridge, "the Sweethearts of Bluegrass," released their first album — "I'll Go With You" — in October 2008, a couple of months before their wedding.

And the past three years have kept them busy on the bluegrass circuit.

Last year, their self-titled album made it to the Top Five on bluegrass, Americana Roots and gospel music charts.

This year, they'll perform in more than 20 states.

Aldridge has the bluegrass pedigree.

He was a member of the Country Gentlemen for seven years, until lead singer Charlie Waller died in 2004. Then, he worked with the Circuit Riders for three years before joining with his then-finance, Brooke Justice, to form a new band.

But his wife has the show-stopping voice.

On the new album "So Much In Between," she sings lead on six songs. He sings lead on two and the other four are duets.

It's a mix of secular and gospel music.

And there are plenty of love songs for those who expect that type of music from the couple.

There's "Lonely Ends Where Love Begins," ''That's Just Me Lovin' You," ''Love Makes The Ride Worthwhile" and "We're In This Love Together."

"Every Scar" begins with a man taking inventory of the scars he's accumulated in life and segues into the scars Jesus bore.

"Jesus Walk Beside Me," ''Lord Lift Me Up" and "He's Already There" are uptempo gospel numbers.

But the song that's sure to be a show-stopper on the bluegrass circuit is Patsy Montana's "A Cowboy's Sweetheart." Brooke nails the hard-driving cowgrass song and even gets to yodel.

It's an album the couple's fans will definitely want.

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