Call It a Day

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
There's always been a certain connection between neo-traditionalist country and contemporary bluegrass. Both draw from earlier styles, but nonetheless make concessions to present-day tastes. Darin Aldridge is a case in point on Call It a Day. He surrounds himself with a crack bluegrass band, but often uses his tenor for smooth leads that have little to do with Bill Monroe. This approach brings the right touch to songs like the title track and "How Could You Go," showing that Aldridge is fully capable of filling a sad song with heartache. He shows his kinship to his country counterparts by covering Vince Gill's "Pretty Words" and Skip Ewing's "Coast of Colorado," and ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
There's always been a certain connection between neo-traditionalist country and contemporary bluegrass. Both draw from earlier styles, but nonetheless make concessions to present-day tastes. Darin Aldridge is a case in point on Call It a Day. He surrounds himself with a crack bluegrass band, but often uses his tenor for smooth leads that have little to do with Bill Monroe. This approach brings the right touch to songs like the title track and "How Could You Go," showing that Aldridge is fully capable of filling a sad song with heartache. He shows his kinship to his country counterparts by covering Vince Gill's "Pretty Words" and Skip Ewing's "Coast of Colorado," and also delivers a good version of Tim O'Brien's "Late in the Day." Aldridge, however, doesn't mind digging deeper into tradition either, nor does he mind adding a bit of that high lonesome sound. He includes religious material like "Stain Glass Tears," "Crying Holy," and "Will You Be Ready," and interestingly, it's on the latter songs that Aldridge gets closest to his bluegrass roots. Call It a Day also displays Aldridge's talent as a songwriter, from the instrumental "Abigail's Reel" to the jaunty title track. Call It a Day should please listeners whether they enjoy Top 20 bluegrass or long for the good old days.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Pinecastle
  • UPC: 755757650625
  • Catalog Number: 6506
  • Sales rank: 353,442

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Darin Aldridge Primary Artist, Bouzouki, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Mandola, Vocal Harmony
Lou Reid Tenor (Vocal)
Greg Luck Fiddle, Guitar, Baritone (Vocal), Vocal Harmony
Tim Stafford Guitar
Greg Corbett Banjo, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Vocal Harmony
Jason Burleson Banjo
Amanda Smith Vocal Harmony
Billy Gee Bass
Jaret Carter Dobro
Chris Bryant Banjo
Technical Credits
Skip Ewing Composer
Max D. Barnes Composer
Bruce Carroll Composer
John Eberle Mastering
Vince Gill Composer
Greg Luck Engineer
Tim O'Brien Composer
Tom Riggs Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Bob Murray Art Direction
Michael Burgess Composer
Lorne Rogers Composer
Don Schlitz Composer
Darin Aldridge Composer, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A bluegrass home run!

    Playing Time – 49:02 -- Pinecastle Records is to be commended for their willingness to support young bluegrass artists, and the label has helped to launch quite a few careers for up-and-comers in the music’s next generation. At the same time, they are also introducing younger audiences to the excitement of contemporary bluegrass music and perpetuating the genre’s future success. Mandolinist and singer Darin Aldridge is a full-time musician and teacher who is a member of Charlie Waller’s Country Gentlemen. Aldridge’s solo project, “Call it a Day,” is the next major accomplishment in a long list of successes for the native of Cherryville, NC. who was born in 1977. Aldridge’s attraction to musical instruments dates back to his early grade school days when he played drums, piano, and guitar. He learned to clog dance, and by high school Darin was also playing saxophone and winning awards for his musical abilities. In 1994, the banjo and mandolin were added to his instrument arsenal. Some of his previous band work has been with Carolina Crossfire, Dr. Bobby Jones’ Band, and Acoustic Syndicate. “Stain Glass Tears” and “Will You Be Ready” are cuts on this album that were co-written with Bobby Jones. In 1998, Darin started doing six shows a day with others at Tweetsie Railroad Theme Park until the call came from The Country Gentlemen on New Years Day in 1999. Three times nominated for SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year (2000, 2001 and 2002), Darin Aldridge is clearly a talent to watch as he rises to stardom. His first solo album, “In Time,” was released in 2000 to much critical acclaim. Appearing with Darin on this latest solo album are Tim Stafford, Jaret Carter, Billy Gee, Greg Luck, Shawn Lane, Jason Burleson, Greg Corbett, Amanda Smith, Lou Reid and Chris Bryant. Together, they pack a supreme wallop. With the support of Pinecastle’s national distribution, the skilled musician will be moving quickly to greater career heights. A couple of his major influences include Vince Gill (who also wrote this album’s opening track, “Pretty Words”) and Skip Ewing (whose song, “Coast of Colorado” appears at track 3). Other covers are drawn from Bruce Carroll, Kenneth Rogers and Clara Lambeck, Michael Burgess, Tim O’Brien and Vernon Doyle Wood. A masterful songwriter in his own right, six of the songs on “Call it a Day” were written by Darin’s own pen. A couple favorites are those he worked up in collaboration with Bill Stroupe called “How Could You Go” and “Where I Am Bound” and the title cut, “Call it a Day.” With his own 5-piece band, Aldridge plans to book concerts and radio shows to promote “Call it a Day.” The last I heard, The Darin Aldridge Band includes Jaret Carter, Jeff Fincham, Billy Gee and John McMillion. With youthful exuberance and energy, Darin has just hit a home run with this album. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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