The versatile duo Dailey & Vincent drew plenty of inspired hollers and ovations as they played to a packed house at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Monday night, Feb. 13.
The show, billed as The Big Gig, was a special appreciation concert for Hall of Fame museum members, who were appropriately treated to nearly 90 minutes of D&V favorites and cover songs.
Dailey & Vincent gave strong evidence as to why they’re three-time International Bluegrass Association Entertainer of the Year winners. Leads Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent can raise the roof as vocalists but they’re outstanding musicians as well, with Vincent especially proficient on bass.
Their six-man band dazzled both collectively and individually, and were given enough space within the framework of the concert to shine on their instruments. As always, Dailey & Vincent’s soaring harmonies resonated with an unmistakable chill-bump factor.
During their show at the spacious, acoustically pleasing CMA Theater, Dailey & Vincent delivered their familiar and popular hybrid of bluegrass, country, gospel and folk. They kicked things off with the rousing “Years Ago” and continued into a heartfelt rendition of “I Will Leave My Heart in Tennessee,” a selection from their most recent album, Alive! In Concert. Their version of “Senses,” co-written by Grand Ole Opry legend Jeannie Seely (who was seated in the house), provided a nicely-chosen transition.
As we all know far too well, there are acts who are textbook and technically fine singers but fall short on the entertaining front. Not so with Dailey & Vincent. The stage banter proffered mainly by Jamie Dailey hit the right marks in both wit and warmth. The adroitly-paced set list kept the evening moving and showcased the talents of each individual member.
Dailey displayed an emotional tenor on the cover of Vince Gill’s “Look at Us.” The duo closed the regular portion of the show with the spiritually-inspired “By the Mark,” which Dailey shared as the first song he and Vincent ever recorded. Following that vocal workout, the crowd stood and enthusiastically pleaded for an encore, to which Dailey & Vincent happily obliged.
Next up for Dailey & Vincent are more concert dates on their All-American Music Tour 2017 and airings of their music-variety series on RFD-TV. They’re also set to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry in March.