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Eagerly-anticipated Bluegrass Debut by Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent

 Dailey & Vincent
Dailey & Vincent
The most eagerly-anticipated bluegrass debut in recent memory, Dailey & Vincent introduces a powerful new ensemble steeped in bluegrass and country music traditions, but blessed with the drive, talent, and charisma to assert those timeless values proudly onto today’s stage. Even before one note of their stunning debut record had been heard, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent earned a standing ovation at the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association convention and were booked for more than 100 shows.

Co-leaders Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent have already had a profound effect on much of the best modern bluegrass via their contributions to such estimable performers as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage. The decision to join forces was not taken lightly, as they both held comfortable positions within premier bluegrass bands – Dailey as lead and tenor singer for nine years with Lawson, Vincent as harmony vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with Skaggs. “But when I first heard Jamie sing,” Darrin Vincent recalls, “it absolutely brought me out of my seat. I said, ‘That is somebody I need to know.’”Vincent’s initial instincts were confirmed the instant that he and Dailey sang together. “When I first heard our voices blend, I said, ‘There’s something special about that,’” Vincent continues. “It was like, ‘OK, we’ve got to pursue this.’ Then I looked around, and Sonny stopped playing in The Osborne Brothers. Jim [McReynolds] from Jim & Jesse passed away. All of a sudden, there weren’t any duos in bluegrass anymore. I thought, ‘This is going to be a lost thing if we don’t form a duo.’ It just made sense.”

Dailey agrees, adding that when he met Darrin six years ago, he knew immediately that he wanted to take his next professional steps with him. In 2003, the two began talking seriously about becoming a team.

I was happy – I had no complaints,” says Jamie of his nine years in Quicksilver. “But I knew probably after being with Doyle three years that eventually I would want to step away, in order for me to fulfill what was in my heart and to get to do everything I wanted to do musically.”

We’ve been praying about this for about four years,” Darrin comments, “because we were making sure that it’s the right choice. He (Jamie) was making really good money and doing great with Doyle. I’ve been having a ball with Ricky. With all the awards that we’ve won and all the wonderful opportunities that have come along with Ricky, it really didn’t make sense to quit.” But in 2004, Darrin and Jamie recorded “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” as a duet for a bluegrass Christmas compilation album. The response was explosive.

When we got the response we did off of ‘Beautiful Star,’ it was overwhelming,” recalls Jamie. “It just blew my mind. That’s what brought forward the idea that we needed to do our own thing.”

“Their own thing” positively bursts from the speakers from the first notes of their self-titled Rounder debut, Dailey & Vincent, released in January of 2008. The working-man’s laments “Sweet Carrie” and “Poor Boy Workin’ Blues” are vintage-sounding, rapid-fire bluegrass romps. Jamie’s tenor lead vocals on “I Believe” and “Take Me Back and Leave Me There” are high, lonesome bluegrass singing at its purest. Darrin’s upbeat lead vocals on “Don’t You Call My Name,” “Cumberland River,” and “Music of the Mountains” sound steeped in tradition.

The harmonies in “River of Time” and “Place on Calvary” will delight lovers of the classic overtones that only great bluegrass voices can produce. “More than a Name on a Wall” sounds vintage because it is – the song was a 1989 country hit for The Statler Brothers. And as if to remind us that we are in the presence of classic talents, “My Savior Walks with Me Today” and the extraordinary performance of Gillian Welch and David Rawling’s “By the Mark” are performed in traditional, mandolin-guitar, brother-duet fashion.

Indeed, their voices blend with an uncanny, almost familial consonance, reflecting the dedication and mutual respect behind their partnership. “I get along with Darrin like family,” Jamie explains. “For six years, we’ve been working on different projects. But we’ve talked to each other on the phone just about every day all during those six years.”

I threw songs at him, he threw songs at me,” Darrin remembers, looking back at the formative stages of their collaboration. “We went for timeless things, things we wouldn’t mind singing from now on.”

Darrin’s sister, bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent, has her own studio. Darrin asked her if he and Jamie could use it. The exceptional blend of their voices on songs like “By the Mark” captivated Rhonda and everyone else who heard the sound. Soon they were the most talked about new bluegrass band on the circuit – well before most fans heard any music at all. Pop pianist and songwriter (and bluegrass fan) Bruce Hornsby observed that “Their name is on the lips of everyone in the know, as far as I’m concerned.”

Taking with them the lessons they’ve learned from their former employers, their friends, and their families, Jamie and Darrin produced Dailey & Vincent themselves. With pride, they included on the sessions their band members Jeff Parker (mandolin, harmony vocals) and Joe Dean (banjo, bass vocals). Adam Haynes has since been added on fiddle. The result is twelve brilliant performances from two men who sound born to sing together, delivered with a thrilling blend of clarity, precision, and soul.

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Next tour dates:

Mar 7, 2008
Legends of Bluegrass Festival
Columbia, MS

Mar 8, 2008
Cross Timbers Community Church
Argyle, TX

Mar 9, 2008
Yegua Creek Evangelical Church
Elgin, TX

Mar 14, 2008
Sellersville Theater
Sellersville, PA

Mar 15, 2008
Washington High School: contact Kenny Good 410-726-4534
Princess Anne, MD

Mar 16, 2008
Hollywood Fire Hall
Hollywood , MD

Mar 22, 2008
Reno Fest Center Theater
Hartsville, SC

Mar 28, 2008
LVD’S Concert Hall
Goshen , IN

Mar 29, 2008
Naperville Bluegrass Music Festival
Naperville, IL

Apr 4, 2008
Fountain Inn Civic Center
Fountain Inn, SC

Apr 5, 2008
Fairview Ruritan Club
Galax, VA

Apr 6, 2008
Claiborne County High School
Tazewell, TN

Apr 11, 2008
Excutive Inn – Bluegrass Returns to Its Roots
Owensboro, KY

Apr 12, 2008
Heritage and Forestry Expo. BG Festival
Leakseville, MS

Apr 18, 2008
Pennyroyal Opera House
Fairview, OH

Apr 19, 2008
Mitchell Opera House
Mitchell, IN

Apr 26, 2008
Gwinnett Center – Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Tour
Atlanta, GA

May 2, 2008
Lewis Family BG Festival
Lincolton, GA

May 3, 2008
Box Car Pinion BG Festival
Chattanooga, TN

May 8, 2008
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
Denton, NC

May 10, 2008
Eastern Mennonite University Lehman Auditorium
Harrisonburg, VA

May 16, 2008
Amelia Family Campground – Central Virginia Family Bluegrass Festival
Amelia, VA

May 17, 2008
Granite Hill Campground – Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
Gettysburg, PA

May 24, 2008
Meramec Music Theater
Steeleville, MO

May 26, 2008
Silver Dollar City
Branson, MO

May 27, 2008
Silver Dollar City
Branson, MO

May 28, 2008
Silver Dollar City
Branson, MO

May 30, 2008
Lonoke Missionary Baptist Church
Morrillton, AR

May 31, 2008
Ernest Tubb Record Shops – Midnite Jamboree
Nashville, TN

Jun 1, 2008
Vacation June 1-12
Summer, Vacation

Jun 14, 2008
Dumplin Valley BG Festival
Kodak, TN

Jun 15, 2008
Private, TN

Jun 18, 2008
Glen Maury Park
Buena Vista, VA

Jun 19, 2008
North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival
Cherokee, NC

Jun 20, 2008
Bill Monroe Memorial Park
Bean Blossom, IN

Jun 21, 2008
Poston Lake BG Festival with the Hart Brothers
Guysville, OH

Jun 26, 2008
Summersville Music Park
Summersville, WV

Jun 27, 2008
James King Bluegras Festival
Lanexa, VA

Jun 28, 2008
ROMP Bluegrass Shows
Owensboro, KY

Jul 2, 2008
Sally Mountain Park
Queen City , MO

Jul 3, 2008
Sally Mountain Park
Queen City, MO

Jul 4, 2008
First Baptist Church
Livingston, TN

Jul 5, 2008
Mountain Top BG Festival
Tarentum, PA

Jul 10, 2008
Ryman Auditorium, Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman
Nashville, TN

Jul 11, 2008
Simon J. Graber Community Building
Oden, IN

Jul 12, 2008
Bluegrass in the Hills
Hopedale, OH

Jul 17, 2008
Grey Fox BG Festival
Ancramdale, NY

Jul 18, 2008
Mineral Bluegrass Festival
Mineral , VA

Jul 19, 2008
Manchester Conference Center
Manchester , TN

Jul 20, 2008
White Oak Mountain Bluegrass Festival
Cleveland, TN

Jul 23, 2008
Wednesday Night Bluegrass Concert Series – Main Park
Staunton, VA

Jul 24, 2008
Columbus, OH

Jul 25, 2008
Fiddle Fest
Roanoke, VA

Jul 26, 2008
Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds
South Hiram , ME

Jul 27, 2008
Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds
South Hiram , ME

Aug 1, 2008
Podunk BG Festival
East Hartford, CT

Aug 2, 2008
Spartenburg Memorial Auditorium
Spartenburg, SC

Aug 8, 2008
Greenwich BG Festival
Greenwich, OH

Aug 9, 2008
BG Festival
Milan, MI

Aug 10, 2008
Midway Baptist Church
Elyria, OH

Aug 15, 2008
Lake Cumberland BG Festival
Russell Springs, KY

Aug 16, 2008
Cherokee Bluegrass Festival
Cherokee, NC

Aug 22, 2008
Mr. B’s Bluegrass Festival
Ladysmith, VA

Aug 23, 2008
Pickin in the Pasture BG Festival
Lodi, NY

Aug 24, 2008
Granite Hill Campground – Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
Gettysburg, PA

Aug 29, 2008
Mandolin Farm
Flemingsburg, KY

Aug 30, 2008
BG festival
Summertown , TN

Sep 5, 2008
Franklin Music Festival
Franklin, KY

Sep 6, 2008
High Country Bluegrass Festival
Boone, NC

Sep 12, 2008
Shawnee Park – Old Fashioned Days Festival
Xenia, OH

Sep 13, 2008
Lorain Co. Community College – Stocker Center
Elyria, OH

Sep 18, 2008
Dumplin Valley BG Festival
Kodak, TN

Sep 19, 2008
BG Show/Festival
Burkesville, KY

Sep 20, 2008
Starvy Creek BG Festival
Conway, MO

Sep 21, 2008
Walnut Valley Festival
Winfield, KS

Sep 27, 2008
Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival
Vince Grove, KY

Sep 28, 2008
Camden City Park – Ryan Holladay Bluegrass Festival
Camden, TN

Sep 29, 2008
IBMA Nashville Convention Center
Nashville, TN

Sep 30, 2008
IBMA Nashville Convention Center
Nashville, TN

Oct 1, 2008
IBMA Nashville Convention Center
Nashville, TN

Oct 2, 2008
IBMA Nashville Convention Center
Nashville, TN

Oct 3, 2008
IBMA Nashville Convention Center
Nashville, TN

Oct 4, 2008
IBMA Nashville Convention Center
Nashville, TN

Oct 9, 2008
Hoofers Gospel Barn
Lagrange, GA

Oct 10, 2008
Museum of Appalachia – Tennessee Fall Homecoming
Norris, TN

Oct 11, 2008
Turkey Track BG Festival
Waldron, AR

Oct 17, 2008
West End Assembly of God
Richmond, VA

Oct 18, 2008
The Kanawha Valley Jamboree
Marmet, WV

Oct 23, 2008
Madisonville College Auditorium
Madisonville, TN

Oct 25, 2008
Riverbend BG Festival
Ocilla, GA

Nov 1, 2008
Withlacoochee BG Jamboree
Dunnellon, FL

Nov 7, 2008
Oakland Community College
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Nov 8, 2008
Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival
Springfield, IL

Nov 12, 2008
Progress Center for the Performing Arts (Fletcher Opera Theater)
Raleigh, NC

Nov 13, 2008
Copeland Hall, A Dailey and Vincent Show
Bowdon, GA

Nov 14, 2008
The Events Center
Wilmington, OH

Nov 15, 2008
Mitchell Opera House, A Dailey and Vincent Show
Mithcell, IN

Nov 16, 2008
Union Christian Church
Terre Haute, IN

Nov 21, 2008
James Garner Center
Troy, NC

Nov 22, 2008
A. Curtis Andrew Auction
Federalsburg, MD

Nov 29, 2008
Convention Center
Myrtle Beach, SC

Dec 5, 2008
Old Rock School
Valdese, NC

Dec 6, 2008
Renfro Valley
Renfro Valley, KY

Dec 12, 2008
Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival
Pigeon Forge, TN

Dec 13, 2008
Berryville Bluegrass Series
Berryville, VA


Vincent at Her Prime

Rhonda Vincent - Good Thing Going
Rhonda Vincent – Good Thing Going

Rhonda Vincent

Good Thing Going (Rounder, 2008)

One of the finest bluegrass mandolinists in the United States is musician and songwriter Rhonda Vincent. She is not only a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, but she has an excellent vocal ability as well, with a clearly recognizable style that uses vocal inflections employed by veteran bluegrass and old time singers.

On Good Thing Going, Vincent treats the listener to a delightful collection of American roots music that includes bluegrass,  western swing, and radio friendly country ballads, mixing traditional techniques with modern stylings.

The album features the road band the Rage on several tracks. Vincent also invited several special guests, including Jesse McReynolds (Jim &Jesse), Russell Moore (III Tyme Out), Bryan Sutton, Becky Issacs, Kathy Chiavola and James Stroud. The album was co-produced by Rhonda and her brother Darrin Vincent (of Dailey & Vincent) at Rhonda’s own studio.

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Bluegrass icon Rhonda Vincent Talks with Brad San Martin about Forthcoming Album Good Thing Going

Rhonda Vincent


Q: When did this project begin?

Rhonda: I remember the date, it was January 5th of 2007, and I had flown to Portland, Oregon. I was in the hotel, doing my makeup, my husband Herb calls, and we started talking about how he had booked me almost a year now…the first year of dates that he had booked were just starting. We have our bluegrass crews and all these wonderful things; our girls are in school, one in college, and he said “Yeah, we’ve got a good thing going.” When I hung up the phone, I kept on fixing my hair, and said “Hmm, I’d like that for an album title…” because I felt like that’s where I was in my life and my music.

Q: There is a lot more original material on this album than any of your others so far…

Rhonda: That’s true – I have never written five songs to include on an album before!

Q: Which of the originals stand out to you in particular?

Rhonda: “I Give All My Love to You” to me has become the centerpiece of this album. My assistant and dear friend, Julia, was getting married, and I was her wedding planner. She wasn’t finding the song for her wedding, so I started thinking about that after one of our meetings, and went to the back of our Martha White Bluegrass Express bus, and I started writing down what I thought of her and how happy I was for her. Though I originally planned it as a solo performance, as I listened to the tracks I could hear the voice of Russell Moore in my mind. That dream became a reality when Russell joined me to make this song a duet. I feel it is the heart of this project: a special song, written for a special couple, and performed with special friends…

I wrote another song called “Bluegrass Saturday Night.” It’s a tribute to the fans. I debuted it at the Ryman Auditorium during the bluegrass series, and the response was so incredible. I was thinking maybe it will just be this song, not on the album, just a tribute that we do at our shows. But then the next night, we go to a show and already people are requesting it!

Q: This is the second album you’ve recorded at your own studio…how does owning your own recording studio help the creative process?

Rhonda: In most everything that we do, we’re always attempting to create something unique. I think having my own studio gives me the freedom to do that. There’s no longer this time constraint, someone saying “You have to finish this up because we have somebody else coming in.” Most of the time, we have the freedom to create. Some of the musicians that were in the studio were saying, “You’re not just here recording tracks, you’re creating something,” which is good to hear!

Q: Your brother Darrin Vincent – now leading his own band, Dailey & Vincent, on Rounder – has reprised his role as co-producer. What does he bring to the table?

Rhonda: Darrin is involved from the very beginning. He’s a crucial part of the recording. He pretty much oversees everything from day one. He’s playing bass, he sings a lot of the harmony…to me, he may be my brother, but even if he was not my brother, he is the greatest harmony singer that there is. As a producer, he won’t settle for “OK, that’s good enough.” He will never settle for that. It has to be the best you can do.

Q: There are a lot of special guests on this album…how do you know who to invite in?

Rhonda: It’s finding the right person for the song, and that’s really the way that we approach everything. We want the right songs, we want the right musicians, we want the right guests. Something I purposely targeted on this project is to have unique guests, and guests that might not be on every project that you see out here.

Rhonda Vincent

Q: So who are your guests this time out?

Well, in addition to Russell Moore on “I Give All My Love to You,” there are a lot of them! A very special one appears on “The Water is Wide.” You see, I discovered that song through a recording by Karla Bonoff, where she was joined by James Taylor on harmony vocals – it was so beautiful. When I went to record it, I had to think long and hard about who could come and add just the right amount of soul and feeling.

I was honored when Keith Urban volunteered to come in and record with us…his performance is so moving, and really elevates the song to a whole new level. Becky Isaacs came in and sang on “I Will See You Again.” Now, Sonya and Ben, her brother and sister, have sung on a project of mine – they sang on “I’m Not Over You” on The Storm Still Rages. But she and I had never sung together. So I said, “Becky, you’re singing on this one and they’re not!”

Kathy Chiavola…I love her voice, and it’s been years since I’ve had a chance to sing with her. Kathy came in and sang on “Just One of a Kind.” That’s also become just a really special song to me. It was written by Dottie Rambo – she’s a real inspiration. And then we had Kathy and Darrin sing the harmonies, and it has three-part harmony all the way through the song, which is kind of unique. You don’t always have a song like that.

And then we had Jesse McReynolds, a legendary bluegrass figure, come in and play his very unique style of cross-picking. To top it off, we were thinking it needs a pizza box – a little percussion back there. One of the engineers that we were working with suggested James Stroud…He’s a country music mogul – by trade he’s also a drummer, producer, he’s everything in the music business. I said “Do you think he’d come over and play pizza box?” We called and James Stroud came in the studio and he said, “If you’ve got the brushes and the pizza box, I’m there!”

Q: And you allowed your fans to follow the process on your website, right?

Rhonda: Right – something that we did that’s unique for this project is the “Join the Journey” series on our website. It’s been a great thing to bring people into this project and let them see how it’s a step-by-step process. It’s coming upon phase five, but by the time we’re finished, we’ll take you from picking the songs to the very end, to the finished product. We also did a live webcam. We just kicked the camera on one day. I told folks to me that would be as exciting as watching paint dry – but they were really interested in what we were doing!

Q: And, of course, the Rage are featured on some cuts…how long have these guys been with you?

Rhonda: Well, for Mickey, Kenny, and Hunter, this is their sixth season in The Rage. I learned a long time ago that, ultimately, things are going to change at some point. But luckily Mickey, Kenny, and Hunter are hanging in there. I love all those guys, they’re so talented. Just a great bunch of guys. It’s more than just having great musicians, it’s having great people, and I think that’s the key that really makes it work.

We’re in a very small capsule most of the time together, and it’s important to have fun at what we do and to enjoy each other’s company. A lot of people say “What do you do? Do you just sleep? What do you do when you’re on the road?” That’s why “Bluegrass Saturday Night” is very true to life. What do we do? We sit around, we visit, we’ll write songs, tell stories, listen to music. It’s very interactive on and off stage, and I think it’s a wonderful combination!

Interview courtesy of Rounder Records.

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Good Things Going for Rhonda Vincent

Rhonda Vincent


Rhonda Vincent has a new CD titled Good Thing Going ( Rounder Records) that will be available January 8, 2008. Blending soul, intensity, and tenderness, Rhonda Vincent’s unique brand of bluegrass is rich in tradition while remaining unmistakably modern.

Among the most beloved figures in today’s bluegrass scene, Vincent has earned an unprecedented seven consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, is a top concert and festival draw, and, with her road band The Rage supporting her, is one of the most dynamic and high-energy performers in any genre of music.

Encompassing heartfelt ballads and hard-driving bluegrass, along with dashes of swing and country, Good Thing Going is her most varied, personal, and accomplished album to date. It is also her most joyously uplifting, from the celebratory, autobiographical title track to the touchingly heartfelt “I Give All My Love To You.”

Special guests include Keith Urban, Jesse McReynolds, Russell Moore, Bryan Sutton, Becky Isaacs-Bowman, Stuart Duncan, Kathy Chiavola, Andy Hall, and more.

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Star Packed Bluegrass Hits on Rounder

Bluegrass Hits

Cambridge (Massachusetts), USA – Bluegrass Hits, featuring various artists, is a hit-packed compilation released by Rounder Records. The album includes some of the biggest names in the genre. Bluegrass Hits features contributions from Alison Krauss and Union Station, Tony Rice, Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Crowe, and many more.

Each track is a proven winner, chosen on the basis of its success on bluegrass radio. Together, these recordings form an ideal introduction to the vitality and breadth of this uniquely American music.

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Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Ragin’ Live CD & DVD

Rhonda Vincent – Ragin’ Live

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA – Recorded before a rapturous audience at The Sheldon Concert Hall in her native state of Missouri, Ragin’ Live (Rounder Records) captures bluegrass sensation Rhonda Vincent and her band The Rage at their dynamic, full-throttle best.

The recipient of an unprecedented five consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, Vincent makes music sparkling with hard-driving instrumental breaks, soaring vocal harmonies, and a heartfelt intensity that is entirely her own.

Featured throughout, the members of The Rage prove themselves to be one of the best supporting bands in bluegrass, matching Rhonda’s vigor and pushing her to dazzling new heights.

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