It’s hard to believe that it’s been eight years since Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent launched their duet act.
During those years, they’ve won 14 International Bluegrass Music Association awards, including entertainer of the year three times, and been labeled the “rockstars of bluegrass.”
But “Alive! In Concert” is their first live album — recorded and filmed for public television at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Va.
Some people will likely complain about the 50-piece George Mason University Student Orchestra or the 100-member chorale — Manassas Chorale, Gainesville Community Chorus and the combined university choruses.
Bluegrass, they’ll say, isn’t played by orchestras or sung by chorales.
And they would be technically correct.
But the result is good enough to give Dailey & Vincent the benefit of the doubt.
Some of the songs might not be something Bill Monroe would call bluegrass.
But they’re still exciting.
And the orchestra only appears on four songs — “We’re All Here To Learn,” “Oh Baby Mine,” “Atlanta Blue” and “Till They Came Home.”
Dailey co-wrote four of the songs — “We’re All Here To Learn,” “Simple Man,” “Mississippi River” and “American Pride.”
There’s a Statler Brothers tribute that includes “Oh, Baby Mine,” “Elizabeth” and “Atlanta Blue.”
Jimmy Fortune, a former Statler, wrote “I Believe” and co-wrote “Beyond Romance” and “American Pride.”
“Nine Yards,” the album’s only instrumental, was written by B.J. Cherryholmes and performed by him and his sister, Molly.
“Till They Came Home” is a song tracing couples through several wars — from World War II to the Persian Gulf.
“Oh What A Time” is uptempo gospel and “Less of Me” is a gospel song written by Glen Campbell.
The album and DVD will both be in Cracker Barrel stores nationwide on April 27.
DVDs can also be ordered from DaileyAndVincent.com.
Both will be available at CrackerBarrel.com.