Award-winning Dailey & Vincent brings tour to Bristol

Contributed To The Press • Jan 3, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Dailey & Vincent is one of the top bluegrass bands in America. The duo will be performing at the Paramount Center for the Arts, 518 State St., Bristol, on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are expected to sell out.

From the very beginning of their partnership in late 2007, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent quickly established themselves as fresh voices in their genre. The concoction of their fantastically powerful vocal blends, four award-winning studio albums, and heavy touring schedules has gained them well-deserved attention from bluegrass, country and gospel critics and fans alike.

Dailey & Vincent has been recognized as 3-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year, 3-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, 2-time Grammy nominees and Dove Award winners. Equally at home with material from any of the aforementioned genres, Jamie and Darrin continue to expand on the possibilities of what kinds of music can become Dailey & Vincent music.

The band has also become a perennial favorite on the touring and festival circuit: They play more than 115 shows per year to sold-out crowds in the United States and have developed a strong international following.

Young but seasoned veterans of bluegrass, traditional country and gospel groups themselves, Dailey and Vincent have built on the experience and knowledge gained from working with Doyle Lawson (Dailey) and John Hartford and Ricky Skaggs (Vincent) to forge their own distinct career path. Darrin Vincent began his career onstage at age two with his family band, The Sally Mountain Show (and has been singing with his sister Rhonda for most of his life).

Jamie Dailey also comes from a musical family: his father, guitarist J.B. Dailey, was a founding member of The Four J’s, a regional gospel quartet. Jamie started singing when he was just three years old. By the time he was nine, he was learning to play bass and guitar, and within a few years, he added banjo to his repertoire.

The duo’s two most recent albums, “Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers” and “The Gospel Side of Dailey and Vincent,” both garnered Grammy nominations, but each had a very specific focus. With “Brothers Of The Highway,” Dailey & Vincent made a conscious attempt to take stock of their careers so far, a sort of look “Back To The Future,” heeding the admonition of their friend and mentor Ricky Skaggs, who advised them “you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been.”

While Dailey and Vincent continue to draw on the lessons they learned over the years about respect for musical integrity and the importance of tradition, they have certainly planted their own flag deeply and permanently into the soil of American music.

In the world of acoustic traditional music, “sibling harmony” is special. It’s no accident that the best harmonies in bluegrass, dating back to its earliest days, have been by siblings: the Monroe Brothers, the Stanley Brothers, the Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jesse and Dailey & Vincent’s contemporaries the Gibson Brothers. In traditional country music, the Delmore Brothers and the Louvin Brothers both left their unique mark.

Although Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent aren’t related by blood, the instinctive vocal blend they have achieved rivals that of any singing siblings: It’s no accident that they titled an earlier album “Brothers From Different Mothers,” and with “Brothers Of The Highway,” the ties they’ve forged grow ever stronger.

For tickets, visit www.theparamountcenter.com or call 274-8920.

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