Happy Birthday Carley Arrowood, born September 27, 1996, is a fiddler from Union Mills, North Carolina. Carley is the fiddle player and sings harmony for the husband-wife duo Darin and Brooke Aldridge. She also played in the teen group Most Wanted Bluegrass for almost 4 years. She spent three years with the IBMA Kids On Bluegrass program and has won multiple First Place awards, including the North Carolina Mountain State Fair and the 2013 Ellenboro Fiddlers Convention. At the 2014 Union Grove Fiddler’s Convention she won First Place in the adult bluegrass fiddle and in the adult female vocals competitions. Carley loves her music and prays that she can shine God’s light wherever it may take her. When she doesn’t have an instrument in her hands, Carley’s hobbies include bow hunting, fishing, riding four wheelers, drawing, acting, and cooking. Carley says her “music is her love and Jesus Christ is her passion!”
I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie