DAILEY & VINCENT, “The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent,” Cracker Barrel/Rounder. 12 tracks.

Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent took the bluegrass world by storm in 2008, when they decided to leave their roles as sidemen for other artists and create their own group.

The International Bluegrass Music Association named them entertainers of the year and vocal group of the year three years in a row. Two of their albums have taken top honors from the IBMA. They’ve won two best gospel recorded event honors and Dailey was named male vocalist of the year in 2008.

This year, the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America named them gospel group, vocal group and best bluegrass band of the year. Dailey was named entertainer of the year and Vincent, bass performer of the year.

With a pedigree like that, Dailey & Vincent have a lot riding on each album. Can it live up to expectations?

In the case of “The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent,” oh yeah.

Definitely.

This album will probably end up on a lot of  Top 10 lists.

But traditionalists may have a problem with the piano, electric guitar, string ensemble and brass ensemble used on the songs.

If you’re not picking at nits though, it’s a great album.

Songs include Carl Perkins’ “Daddy Sang Bass,” Dolly Parton’s “Welcome Home,” Willie Nelson’s “Family Bible,” Buck Owens’ “Eternal Vacation,” Arthur Smith’s “The Fourth Man in the Fire,”  Robert Schmetz’s “Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord,” Jimmy Fortune’s “Come Back To Me” and the traditional “Cross Over to the Other Side of Jordan.”

Dailey added  “Living in the Kingdom of God” and Vincent co-wrote “Unitl at Last I’m Home.”

There’s a reason this album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s bluegrass charts and stayed there for weeks.

It’s that good.

Look for it in Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores or online at daileyvincent.musiccitynetworks.com/.

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