Very few bands, in any style of tradition-based music, have stirred up the commotion upon making its debut than the bluegrass outfit known as Dailey & Vincent did in 2008. Hailed by theWall Street Journal as “a new dynasty in bluegrass,” Dailey & Vincent released its first album to rapturous acclaim, tore up festival and concert audiences across the country with exciting, high-energy performances and capped its first year by sweeping the 2008 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards, winning seven awards, unprecedented for a new act.
Though Vincent and Dailey had worked in the same musical circles for years, they didn’t really know each other until 2001, when they met for breakfast to discuss working together. Riding home, they began singing in the car. “When we heard that, it was instant,” says Vincent. “We knew it sounded unique, and really tight. Our voices just blend so uniquely together. It blows my mind. Where I’m weak, he’s strong. And where he’s weak, I’m strong. We think alike, and we sing alike. So it works out well.”
The band Dailey & Vincent—which consists of Jamie Dailey (guitar, bass, lead and harmony vocals), Darrin Vincent (mandolin, bass, guitar, lead and harmony vocals), Christian Davis (guitar, harmony vocals), Joe Dean, Jr. (banjo, guitar, harmony vocals), Jeff Parker (mandolin, guitar, harmony vocals) and Jesse Stockman (fiddle)—has recorded five widely acclaimed albums:Dailey & Vincent, Brothers from Different Mothers, Singing from the Heart, Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers and most recently, The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent.
Dailey & Vincent’s vocal prowess and versatility have launched the band to the top of the bluegrass world in a few short years. Not together even five years yet, Dailey & Vincent has already won IBMA’s top award, Entertainer of the Year, three times.
The New York Times has called the band “the most celebrated new bluegrass act of the last few years,” and it’s hard to argue with that assessment. Billboard calls Jamie Dailey “the greatest pure tenor singer since Ira Louvin” (that’s high praise indeed), while that same Times review observed that “Dailey’s voice [is] cleansing, a high-pitched tenor that pierces through the band’s nimble, complex arrangements…Stunning.”
“We do feel like we’re chiseling away at it, and we’re having some success,” says Jamie Dailey of the band’s ascent. “We’re blessed to have the career that we have, but you can never take anything for granted,” adds Darrin Vincent. “We stay humble and keep it in the front of our minds that nothing lasts forever. We were lucky enough to find each other.”
Cityfolk favorites Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers—which includes Joe Mullins (banjo, vocals), Mike Terry (mandolin, vocals), Adam McIntosh (guitar, vocals), Evan McGregor (fiddle, vocals) and Tim Kidd (bass)—was formed in 2006. The hard-working band, nominated for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award in 2011, performed in almost 20 states and three Canadian provinces last year and has an even busier year scheduled for 2012. Mullins, the son of the late fiddler and broadcaster Paul “Moon” Mullins, is one of the greatest banjo players in bluegrass.
The band released a pair of outstanding albums in 2010, Rambler’s Call and Hymns from the Hills. The latter record, which takes its name from a bluegrass and country gospel program Joe’s father Moon Mullins used to host on WPFB in Middletown, is an outstanding all-gospel set that showcases the band’s fine vocal work and features such guests as Ralph Stanley, Doyle Lawson, Larry Sparks and Rhonda Vincent. A nice historical touch is the inclusion of Aubrey Holt’s “We Missed You in Church Last Sunday,” the title song from the 1974 debut album by Paul Mullins, Noah Crase and the Boys from Indiana.
Dailey & Vincent with special guests Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers perform, Saturday, February 11 at 8 PM at the Dayton Masonic Center. Information and tickets are available by calling 937-496-3863 or online at www.cityfolk.org
We have a pair of tickets to see this show – just fill out the form below and we’ll draw a winner on Friday 2/3 at noon. Good luck!
Congratulations to Lori Kershner, whose name we randomly picked to win the pair of tickets to see Dailey & Vincent – courtesy of Cityfolk! Enjoy the show!