DAILEY & VINCENT
Album review: "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" By Geoffrey Himes
Friday, Apr. 27, 2012
There's a reason "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" has topped Billboard's bluegrass charts for much of the spring. Almost every bluegrass act does at least one gospel album sooner or later, and the sober reverence of the projects can make one seem very much like another. But the duo of Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent has cracked open the formalism of religious string-band music by reaching out to mainstream country and even some humor to create an irresistible album. Of course, it helps that their duet singing is prettier than just about anyone's.
Dailey & Vincent devoted a whole album to their heroes, 2010's "Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers," and their ability to translate the Statlers' irreverent humor, rambunctious tunes and moving ballads to bluegrass-gospel arrangements is hard to resist. The duo does something similar to country-gospel songs penned by Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins and Buck Owens.