DAILEY & VINCENT, “Brothers of the Highway,” Rounder. 12 tracks.
In 2007, two long-time bluegrass sidemen, Jamie Dailey (of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver) and Darrin Vincent (of Ricky Skaggs’ Kentucky Thunder) decided to hit the road as a duet.
And the awards quickly began piling up.
The International Bluegrass Music Association named them emerging artists of the year in 2008 as well as entertainers of the year and vocal group of the year.
Dailey was named male vocalist of the year and they also picked up album of the year and gospel recorded performance of the year honors in 2008.
They repeated with the entertainer and vocal group honors in 2009 and 2010, picked up the gospel trophy in 2009 and the album trophy again in 2010.
Their last two albums — “Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers” and “The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent” — both garnered Grammy nominations.
But they weren’t really traditional bluegrass.
“Brothers of the Highway” returns the duo to their roots.
It kicks off with Dailey’s “Steel Drivin’ Man,” a blazing fiddle and banjo-driven song about the men who lay tracks for railroads.
There are a couple of Bill Monroe numbers — “Close By” and “Tomorrow I’ll Be Gone.”
There are a few grassed-up country songs — the Louvin Brothers’ “When I Stop Dreaming,” the title track, originally recorded by George Strait; Porter Wagoner’s “Howdy Neighbor Howdy” and Kathy Mattea’s “Where’ve You Been.”
Dailey’s “Back To Jackson County” and Pete Goble and Leroy Drumm’s “Back To Hancock County” both deal with nostalgia for youth and home.
“It’ll Be Wonderful Over There” is a gospel quartet number with Jeff Parker and Christian Davis.Vince Gill’s “Hills of Caroline” is a ballad about a man who’s had a hard life and wants to be buried beside the woman he loves.
“Big River,” which features Vincent on lead, is a song about a man so sad he’d have to get better to die.
Another great album by a great act.
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