Dailey & Vincent In New York

Daily & Vincent - Brothers From Different MothersLast Tuesday evening (2/17) Dailey & Vincent, the multiple IBMA and SPBGMA award winners, played their debut concert in New York City.

The set included several songs from the Statler Brothers’ repertoire as well as from their forthcoming album, Brothers From Different Mothers, due on March 31 from Rounder Records.

There is a review of the show at Joe’s Pub is in today’s edition of The New York Times.

Dailey & Vincent have had ample occasion to think about cost-benefit analysis in recent days.

Last weekend a commitment to play the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, near Boston, prevented this ascendant duo from attending and performing at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s annual convention and awards show, where it had received nominations for awards in nine categories (six of which it won). The lesson: You can never be everywhere you need to be.

Tuesday night presented a smaller and somehow greater challenge. Dailey & Vincent, the most celebrated new bluegrass act of the last few years, could be playing any number of towns where they, or their genre, have a significant following. But instead there they were at Joe’s Pub, flat-footed and sober, singing to a crowd of a few dozen, a not-even-half-full room. The lesson: You might not always be in the place where you’re most needed.

Of course this is exactly the opposite of what Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent took away from this show, a sharp performance that they treated with dignity and, ultimately, joy.

Read the full review by Jon Caramanica online.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.