See and Hear Val Storey, Brooke Aldridge & Lauren Mascitti in a Tribute to “The Trio” w/Mark Fain, Darin Aldridge, John Meyer, Samantha Snyder, Lynn Williams & Chris Walters.
Doors open at 7pm. Show begins at 8pm. All tickets here are first come, first served at the door. If you are in the area, plan to come down and enjoy live music with a pizza and a beer (or two!)
“The honeyed voice of Val Storey, a renowned session singer and solo recording artist
is something to behold. When she, [Larry] Cordle and [Carl] Jackson harmonize,
the experience goes to another level.”
~ Listening Through The Lens
Val Storey is one of the entertainment industry’s premier vocalists. Her pure and sincere styling takes the listener to a very personal place, evoking a colorful palate of emotion. Her flawless and captivating performances, both in the concert hall and the recording studio, have earned for her the admiration of fellow musicians and fans alike. In short, Val Storey is truly a “singer’s singer.”
Raised in Roanoke, Virginia, Val moved with her family to Nashville, picking up bluegrass, country, gospel, blues, and jazz influences along the way. When Val began to express herself musically in her own voice, her gift was undeniable. Performance opportunities came for Val when she was just a teen; one with the legendary Jordanaires. Later, Val would become the lead vocalist for the jazz group Pulse. She then became one of the youngest performers to be featured regularly in various country music shows at Nashville’s Opryland theme park.
Living in Music City, Val’s growing experience began to encompass studio recording. As a session singer, Val has worked for major labels and publishing companies, including Columbia, Mercury, RCA, Rounder, Sony, and Universal. Where Flowers Bloom, her first full-length solo CD, however, was an independent effort, the result of following her heart rather than accepting label offers that came her way early in her career. A timeless collection of traditional gospel music, Val’s interpretation of each song is stirring and transcendent.
Val eventually reconnected with Grammy award-winning producer and songwriter Carl Jackson, whom she’d first met when Jackson recorded at a studio owned and operated by her father. “I would sneak down after bedtime and listen just outside the studio door,” Val remembers. “I knew even then that Carl was an amazing musician.” Little did she know that, just a few years later, Carl would be producing an album with her as a featured artist.
Carl invited Val to lend her voice to his on the 2010 project, Mark Twain: Words and Music. Her haunting vocal on “Love Is On Our Side” hearkens to the grief experienced by Twain at the death of his oldest daughter, Susy. As a cast member on the collection, Val found herself among top names in music and entertainment, and the critically-acclaimed project introduced Val to a worldwide audience.
As a Nashville session singer, Storey has lent her voice to recordings for Dolly Parton, Joey + Rory, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Bradley Walker, Gene Watson, and many more.
Val and her husband survived a devastating motorcycle accident in August 2020, and months of rehabilitation followed. “God’s keeping me around. With COVID, the accident, all the challenges, God has been there for me every minute. I pray and talk to God. I know He is in control. I know that with Him, we can find comfort and peace.”
Fortunately, Val was able to return to her regular spot on the iconic stage of Nashville’s Station Inn with a weekly Sunday gospel show, and a Monday night performance brimming with traditional country and more; both shows include a cast of Val’s gifted and high-profile friends. She was a special guest at the Country Hall of Fame and Museum in July of 2021. Filmed as part of the exhibit, The Station Inn: Bluegrass Beacon, Storey shared stories from her career in an installment of the Live At The Hall music and education program.
Val’s own story continues to unfold, with her sophomore album, produced by the legendary Larry Cordle, set for release in early 2023. A preview track, “Love at the Five & Dime,” has been released, in a sweet tribute to the song’s writer, Nanci Griffith, who passed in August 2021.
“Singing is part of me. It’s what I love to do the most,” the versatile songstress says. “I don’t think I could stop if I tried. I just want others to enjoy the music.”
Darin and Brooke Aldridge are excited. And why not? With two new band members, a new record label, and five original songs on their latest album, the bluegrass and Americana duo are back with This Life We’re Livin,’ their ninth recorded project together, and first release on Billy Blue Records. This Life We’re Livin’ celebrates the space the husband-and-wife team now occupies – the top of bluegrass music.
Armed with the talents of the proverbial triple-threat of uniquely distinctive singing, commanding instrumental skills, and accomplished songwriting, Darin and Brooke continue to ascend to new heights in the industry while maintaining their easy-going, down-to-earth connection with audiences everywhere. Brooke is a four-time consecutive winner for Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). She was nominated for a fifth time in 2021. Once a six-year member of The Country Gentlemen with the late Charlie Waller, Darin is a former IBMA Mentor of the Year and a truly gifted singer and multi-instrumentalist. Together with their band – Billy Gee on bass, Samantha Snyder on fiddle, and Jacob Metz on banjo and resonator guitar – Darin and Brooke were recognized with the IBMA’s nomination for 2021 Vocal Group of the Year. They have had multiple nominations over the years from the IBMA, the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA), and the Inspirational Country Music Association. They have enjoyed top spots on the Billboard, SiriusXM, Bluegrass Today, Bluegrass Unlimited, Americana/Roots, and Gospel charts. Their music videos have been featured on Country Music Television (CMT), CMT Edge, Great American Country (GAC), Bluegrass Ridge TV, and The Bluegrass Situation. Their television appearances include PBS’ Mountain Stage, Songs of the Mountain and Music City Roots; RFD-TV’s Larry’s Country Diner, Country’s Family Reunion, and The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour; Great American Gospel, The Bluegrass Road, and Blue Highways TV. Their long-held dream to one day play the Grand Ole Opry came true on July 4, 2017, and since then, they have graced the Opry stage more than 35 times.
Their rise became especially meteoric when they joined forces in 2016 with John Cowan, who plays bass for The Doobie Brothers and is a member of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame as co-founder of New Grass Revival. This collaboration has led to performance opportunities with artists ranging from bluesman Keb Mo’ to stints with Country Music Hall of Famers Vince Gill and Jimmy Fortune (The Statler Brothers). Says Cowan, “When someone asks me what I love most about Brooke and Darin, my response is – everything! Brooke’s angelic singing, Darin’s rock-solid baritone tucked up under her wings, their musicianship. But mostly, it’s their commitment to their beliefs that renders them to be gracious, concerned, and helpful to all they encounter. My music and interior life have been so tremendously enriched by the gift of their friendship.”
Darin and Brooke met in 2005 in their native North Carolina, and they bonded quickly over their shared love of music. Before they married in 2008, they decided to cull their extensive individual experience and create their own band. After many years of hard work, first in North Carolina and now the far reaches of the United States and footprints in Ireland and Prague, Darin and Brooke have developed a maturity in their music never more keenly heard than in the songs of This Life We’re Livin’. Says Darin, “We wanted to showcase more original tunes on this album and share another side of us that listeners haven’t heard before.” Original standouts on the project include “Grand Ole Circle,” which celebrates their dreams of playing the Grand Ole Opry; “Livin’ Mama’s Dream;” and “My Life’s Living Me,” a clear-eyed commentary on the joys and challenges of their musical success. Other noteworthy numbers are “Old Fashioned,” celebrating the kinder, gentler ways of the past, and “Blue Baby Now,” the first single from the collection. Another highlight is “He’s Getting Me Ready,” a gospel rouser featuring Country Music Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys. Oaks singer Duane Allen notes, “The first time I saw Darin and Brooke was in the middle of the Caribbean on a cruise ship. As I watched and listened, one word came to mind, ‘PURE.’ As they phrased their harmonies and bent their notes together, it was smooth as watching a taffy pulling. I loved recording with them. Their music is honest!!!” Joe Bonsall, the tenor singer for the Oaks, chimed in. “The Oak Ridge Boys love Darin and Brooke and considered it a huge honor to actually record a song with them … they represent class and amazing musicianship and vocal talent … Brooke is one of the premier pure voices in all of music, and quite frankly I just love them both.”
This Life We’re Livin’ is a warm, cohesive collection that, as Brooke observes, “takes you a little further into the lives and story of Darin and Brooke. It paints the picture of where we started, dreams we had, and a life and musical journey that we feel blessed to share together every day.” It is that inviting, unaffected journey that draws listeners to the couple. It is the simple, positive message reflected in the music and lives of Darin and Brooke Aldridge that keeps them there.
Perhaps the key to their success lies in their mutual respect and admiration. The couple’s willingness to work hard, embrace opportunities and meet challenges head-on is paying off. Darin and Brooke are inspiring in their music, artistry, and commitment to continued evolution and growth. In following the path of their dreams, Brooke once noted, “We want our music to lift people up.” “It was an early goal of ours to put a positive message out there,” adds Darin, “and we decided a long, long time ago that we were going to be us, no matter what.”
You might remember Lauren Mascitti from this past season of ABC’s “American Idol.” Mostly known for her solo round performance during Hollywood Week of a song she penned herself and dedicated to her nana titled “God Made A Woman,” she quickly became a fan favorite. During the Top 40 showcase in Hawaii, however, she became part of a history-making and controversial vote for the last spot in AI’s Top 20. Although she didn’t win the vote, putting her in 21st place, outraged Idol fans catapulted Lauren’s newest independent album release “God Made a Woman” to #4 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart within a day of her elimination. Lauren is determined to keep the fire burning bright using her momentum and success from her Idol experience as fuel. #21 just might be Lauren’s magic number…
Years before Lauren Mascitti’s newest release, God Made a Woman, helped build a bridge between the traditional twang of her country influences and the modern melodies of her Nashville contemporaries, the songwriter grew up in the small farm community of Louisville, Ohio, raised on the sounds of her grandparents’ music collection. Her Nana was a fan of old-school soul and gospel music. Her Papaw loved outlaw country stars like Waylon Jennings. Lauren rolled those influences into her own sound, recording her first album at 7 years old and quickly growing into a seasoned performer, skilled multi-instrumentalist, and expressive storyteller.
Nine albums later, Lauren’s story remains grounded in the cultural tapestry of her upbringing. A proud Italian-American, she grew up with the songs of her favorite Italian-American artists, whose classic melodies inspired her own songwriting. Equally inspirational were the Saturday nights of her childhood, when Lauren would often stay up late to watch singers like Crystal Gayle on The Statler Brothers Show. Come Sunday, she’d be at her beloved church, Trinity Gospel Temple, singing in the choir and leading praise and worship in the youth group. Mentored at the age of 7 by choir member Cheryl Jamison, Lauren developed a strong voice and began recording her own gospel albums while still in elementary school. By 12 years old, she had released four solo records and moved to Branson, Missouri, where she balanced her schoolwork with nightly performances alongside gospel singer (and original Oak Ridge Boy) Gary McSpadden. She played six shows a week at the Americana Theater, becoming a professional singer before she was even a teenager.
Meanwhile, Lauren was also growing into a seasoned songwriter. Strumming an old Gibson Dove acoustic guitar that had once belonged to her great-grandfather, she wrote her first songs as a young teenager, drawing not only upon her background as a gospel singer, but also her love of poetry and a lifelong appreciation for classic country music. She started making regular trips to Nashville at the age of 13. There, she studied with renowned vocal coach Brett Manning, played her original music at local songwriters showcases, and began planning her move to the big city. Lauren recorded her first batch of original songs at 15 years old and even scored a hit with “Child of God,” which debuted at number 70 on the national Southern Gospel radio chart. In the meantime, Lauren was still traveling from church to church with her music ministry, as well as anywhere else her Nana drove her.
Lauren eventually did move to Nashville, but not before graduating college with a degree as a registered nurse. “I work with people at different stages in their lives,” she says of her ongoing work as an RN, “and I’ve heard so many stories. The whole experience has inspired me. I’ve learned a lot about people and what they’ve gone through.” During her off-the-clock hours, Lauren continued writing songs, sometimes alone and sometimes with the input of co-writers like Pam Tillis, Matraca Berg, Mo Pitney, Bobby Tomberlin, Wil Nance, Bill Whyte, Ronnie Bowman, Renee Martin, and more. She also struck up a partnership with Grammy Award-winning producer, Shawn Camp, who produced Lauren’s strongest album to date: 2020’s God Made a Woman.
A heavily autobiographical album featuring performances from bluegrass icon Ricky Skaggs, pedal steel legend Paul Franklin, and others, God Made a Woman finds Lauren singing about her childhood stomping grounds (“I Wanna Show You My Town”), her work as a nurse (“Hello Sad Eyes”), and her faith in God (“Ready For The Sun To Shine Again”). The album was recorded at the legendary Butcher Shoppe and engineered by the great Sean Sullivan, with Lauren tracking her vocals alongside a all-star band that included dobro player Jimmy Stewart (Brooks & Dunn), drummer Larry Atamanuik (Emmylou Harris, Allison Krauss), guitar hero Guthrie Trapp (Jerry Douglas, Patty Loveless), keyboardist Peter Wasner (Vince Gill), upright bassist Mike Bub (Ashley Monroe, Vince Gill), fiddle player Aubrey Haynie (The Time Jumpers), and Shawn Camp (Guy Clark, Garth Brooks). The result is an album about a young woman finding her place in the world and in the music industry. Lauren has found her sound, too — a sound that is empowered, eclectic, and similarly soothing as her RN work.
“I grew up with gospel and traditional country,” explains the songwriter, who updates the classic sounds of her childhood on the new record, “but this album is about more than tradition. I want to put a fresh spin on everything, while still grounding it in an earthy, rootsy vein. God Made a Woman is a mix of the traditional and the fresh.”
Lauren has always been fond of the classics. “I’m an old soul,” she admits, “and everything I really love tends to come from a time that’s before my own.” With God Made a Woman, though, she mixes the classic sound of her influences with modern appeal. It’s an honest album grounded in one woman’s personal history — her gospel-filled church services in Ohio; her Nana’s favorite soul songs; her Papaw’s country cassettes; her many performances at Italian-American events like the Dean Martin Festival — with a fresh spin.
God Made a Woman is Lauren Mascitti not only as her most compelling, but at her most fully realized. This is her story, told song by song.