Two men does not a group make, which is why its hard to call Dailey & Vincent a supergroup. So call them a super duo.
Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincents latest project is one of the hottest things going on the bluegrass circuit, and theyll make a stop Thursday at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College with local guests Rock and Rye.
These guys bring a professionalism rarely seen in Durango, said David Smith, a founding member of Rock and Rye and a big fan of Dailey & Vincent. Hes also the longtime host of The Sweet By and By, a bluegrass program that airs Tuesday nights on radio station KDUR-FM.
Charles (Leslie) and the staff at the Concert Hall continue to bring bluegrass bands that represent the upper echelon of the genre in the modern day. It thrills me to see packed houses at these shows because it demonstrates Durangos love for bluegrass, and Dailey & Vincent bring a show to town that represents so many arms of bluegrass: Gospel, original songwriting, ballads with soaring harmonies and, of course, the fast pickers that always fire up a crowd, Smith said.
The pairing is a match made in musical heaven.
Dailey, who plays guitar and bass in addition to singing, is the former lead singer of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Vincent formerly played with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder and now handles mandolin, bass and guitar duties while sharing the mic with Dailey.
They first played together as a duo in 2007 at the Grand Ole Opry.
Since the debut, the duo has earned International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) each consecutive year, including Album of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.
And earlier this month, Dailey & Vincent brought home seven trophies from the 37th Annual SPBGMA, the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Bluegrass Music Awards.
Together they received Bluegrass Band of the Year, Entertaining Group of the Year and Album of the Year (for Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers).
They also won their third consecutive awards for Vocal Group of the Year and Gospel Group of the Year/Contemporary. Additionally, Jamie Dailey was named Male Vocalist of the Year/Contemporary, and Darrin Vincent took home honors for Bass Fiddle Performer of the Year.
Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers, the duos most recent release, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart in February 2010.
Opener Rock and Rye is in its sixth year as a Durango throw-together band, said Smith, who co-founded the bluegrass group with Hap Purcell.
Rock and Rye features a whos who of Durangos bluegrass pickers and singers who come together specifically to entertain. Joining Smith (guitar) and Purcell (banjo) are popular locals Red Greer (fiddle), Robin Davis (mandolin) and Chris Loftus (acoustic bass).