NASHVILLE, TENN. —Bluegrass Entertainers of the Year Dailey & Vincent are included in the PEOPLE Country Special “Free Holiday Music” feature in the current issue (December 2010), on stands now.
Each of PEOPLE’s Country Special issues contains a 2-page feature with photographs and information on 7-10 new tracks by different artists. Each track is available for a free download on iTunes ( www.people.com/free). The December issue’s playlist is dedicated to holiday music, and Dailey & Vincent’s “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” is their featured track. The song was released on a compilation called Christmas Grass Volume 2 by Koch Records, before Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent had formed a duo and signed with Rounder Records. Darrin Vincent produced the album.
“Both of us had always loved this song,” says Jamie Dailey. “We kept the arrangement very simple, with our two vocals, a mandolin and a guitar.”
“And we had no idea at that time that our recording together for this project would eventually lead to us forming Dailey & Vincent,” adds Darrin Vincent. “This recording will always be very special to us.”
Dailey & Vincent are the reigning three-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Entertainers of the Year, earning Vocal Group and Album of the Year honors along with the Entertainer title at the 2010 IBMA Awards on September 30. The Album of the Year trophy recognized their Cracker Barrel/Rounder project, Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers, available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®. The 12-song tribute to the beloved quartet debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart (issue date February 20), where it spent 9 weeks at #1 and 19 weeks in the top 3. The album also entered the Billboard Top Country Albums chart at #19, earning the Hot Shot Debut and marking the duo’s first top-20 debut on that chart.
The New York Times called Dailey & Vincent “the most celebrated new bluegrass act of the last few years.” A Wall Street Journal feature on them (“A Bluegrass Duo Reigns Again”) began with, “A new dynasty may be taking shape in bluegrass music.” Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is proud to announce its support of the Dailey & Vincent Front Porch Tour. In 2008 Dailey & Vincent took home seven IBMA awards, becoming the first act in the history of the IBMA awards to be named Entertainer of the Year and Emerging Artist in the same year. They have released three albums in addition to Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers—Dailey & Vincent, which was IBMA Album of the Year in 2008, Brothers From Different Mothers, and Singing From the Heart, an all a cappella collection benefiting the Tennessee Bible College. Dailey & Vincent maintain a heavy touring schedule, with over 125 shows booked for 2010. They are also regular guests on the Grand Ole Opry. On October 2 they hosted their inaugural homecoming concert in Gainesboro, Tennessee, which raised over $31,000 for the Dailey & Vincent Helping Hands Fund. The fund exists to help underprivileged children in Jackson and DeKalb Counties in Tennessee.