Jessie Baker to Dailey & Vincent

With original banjo man Joe Dean taking his exit to pursue other interests, Dailey & Vincent have announced that Jessie Baker will henceforth be picking the five in their show.

Baker has made quite a name for himself in a relatively few years in the bluegrass world, having worked with Karl Shiflett, Wildfire, Michael Cleveland and Doyle Lawson by the time he was 21. He has a solo album, Yessir!, to his credit and has appeared on projects from Cleveland and Lawson as well.

Baker is understandably stoked about this new opportunity.

“I’ve been a big fan of everyone in the group ever since I started playing, and I’m really excited about getting out on the road and working with all of them!”

Jamie Dailey couldn’t let the announcement pass without a word of gratitude for Dean…

“We love Joe, and we’re thankful for the amazing job he’s done as a founding member of our band. His talent has been an integral part of what we’ve been able to achieve and experience over the last five years.”

…while Darrin Vincent offered a welcome to Jessie.

“Change is never easy for us, but we know in our hearts that Jessie will do a fantastic job for us, and we’re thrilled to welcome him into our Dailey & Vincent family.”

You can follow the band’s schedule online.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.