As bluegrass superstars Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent close the book on a stellar year, they’re looking to 2014 with great anticipation.
The duo just received their third Grammy nomination — their acclaimed 2013 release “Brothers of the Highway” has been nominated in the Best Bluegrass Album category — and they will make their New York City debut in June at the world famous Carnegie Hall, where they will be joined by a 200-person choir for a performance of “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass by Carol Barnett,” a thrilling work combining the solemnity of a classical choir-based Mass with the exhilarating, distinctly American sound of banjo, mandolin and fiddle.
But first, they’ll treat local audiences to a show of their own material during a concert Jan. 4 at Bristol’s Paramount Center for the Arts. Show time is 8 p.m.
From the beginning of their musical partnership in late 2007, Dailey and 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 is a three-time IBMA Entertainer of The Year, three-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, three-time Grammy nominee and a Dove Award winner. Equally at home with material from any of the aforementioned genres, Dailey and Vincent 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, playing over 115 shows each year to sold-out crowds in the United States. Dailey & Vincent has also developed a strong international following.
Young but seasoned veterans of bluegrass, traditional country, and gospel groups, 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.
Vincent began his career onstage at age 2 with his family band, The Sally Mountain Show and has been singing with his sister, Rhonda, for most of his life.
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. Dailey started singing when he was just 3 years old. By the time he was 9, 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.”
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 Dailey and 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.
Tickets to their concert at the Paramount are $28.50.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Paramount box office at (423) 274-8920 or visit www.theparamountcenter.com.