Dailey & Vincent. “Brothers From Different Mothers.” Rounder. 12 tracks.
Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent hit the bluegrass world like a runaway train with their self-titled debut album in January 2008.
Critics raved, the album topped the bluegrass charts and the duo swept through the International Bluegrass Music Association awards show taking home entertainer of the year, vocal group, album, male vocalist (Dailey), emerging artist, gospel recorded performance (“By The Mark”) and recorded event honors (Vincent).
No other artists have ever won entertainer of the year and emerging artists honors in the same year.
But Dailey and Vincent are hardly new artists. Both have been performing since they were preschoolers and they’re in their 30s now.
Dailey was the lead singer and guitarist for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver for the nine years and Vincent was a harmony vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder for 10 years.
After all those honors, can their second album measure up to the expectations?
“Brothers From Different Mothers” should be on every “Ten Best” list this year.
This is some of the best harmony singing — and some of the best Southern soul — you’ll hear this year.
Roger Miller’s “You Oughta Be Here With Me” is a song you’ll want to sing along with and so is The Statler Brothers’ “Years Ago.”
Dailey and Vincent are big fans of The Statlers, who created some of the best harmony singing in country music for more than three decades.
Their “More Than A Name On The Wall” was on the first album.
“Years Ago” and “There Is You” are on this one. And Harold Reid adds some spoken lyrics to “Head Hung Down” — his first recorded appearance with anyone but The Statlers and Johnny Cash.
There’s some great Southern gospel — “Oh, Ye Must Be Born Again,” “When I’ve Traveled My Last Mile” and “When I Reach That Home Up There” (which features Jeff Parker and Joe Dean Jr. in the album’s only quartet singing).
The credits lists 16 musicians.
There’s even a classical string quartet backing Dailey & Vincent on “On The Other Side.”
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Area fans will get a chance to hear Dailey & Vincent perform songs from the album at 9:15 p.m. Thursday at the Riverpark Center, when they perform during the Bluegrass Returns To Its Roots festival.
Keith Lawrence, 691-7301,firstname.lastname@example.org