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Bluegrass duo is bound by faith, music

Dailey & Vincent to perform May 11 at Ga. Mountains Center

POSTED: May 10, 2012 12:30 a.m.

This Friday, Gainesville will once again welcome acclaimed bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent with a concert at the Georgia Mountains Center.

Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent became the most heralded new act in the bluegrass music field in 2008, as their debut album and busy tour schedule introduced them to wildly appreciative audiences.

Their first recording, was No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart, as well as the Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Music Profiles album charts, and it yielded the No. 1 singles “By the Mark,” “More Than a Name on a Wall” and “Sweet Carrie.”

It was named Album of the Year, one of seven awards the group took home in an unprecedented feat at the 2008 International Bluegrass Music Awards Show.

Never before had an act been named Entertainer and Emerging Artist in the same year, an honor that both humbles and challenges the duo.

Dailey & Vincent’s path to acclaim began many years ago. Both men were raised in musical families and have played bluegrass since the age of 3 — Dailey in Tennessee and Vincent in Missouri.

They apprenticed with legendary acts, Dailey with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Vincent with his sister, Rhonda Vincent, the late John Hartford and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.

Vincent also performed on Grammy-winning albums by Dolly Parton and Jimmy Sturr. He has performed and recorded with a multitude of other artists including Nora Jones, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, Bruce Hornsby, Vince Gill and Keith Urban.

Dailey and Vincent met at the 2001 IBMA Awards show in Louisville and discovered an uncanny harmony in their vocal blend, as well as their attitudes toward music, business and their Christian faith.

“Although we’re not brothers, we discovered that our voices blended pretty naturally. We’ve worked on vocal phrasing and pronunciation to make the blend even stronger,” Vincent said.

Dailey and Vincent talked, prayed and planned for five years before committing to the closest thing to brotherhood: a musical partnership.

Performing with them Friday night — in addition to Dailey on guitar and Vincent on string bass, guitar, and mandolin — will be Jeff Parker on mandolin and vocals, Christian Davis on guitar and bass vocals, Joe Dean on banjo and vocals and Jesse Stockman on fiddle.

Tickets to the 7 p.m. concert are $15 in advance and $20 at the door with special prices for children. The Mountains Center, located at 301 Main St. SW in Gainesville will open doors at 6 p.m. Friday.


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