Photography courtesy of Dailey & Vincent
Dailey & Vincent Bring Bluegrass, Country, and Gospel to the Schermerhorn
On April 12, Music City will have the opportunity to hear some of the bluegrass world’s most celebrated performers in the acoustical splendor of Schermerhorn Symphony Center when Dailey & Vincent perform alongside the GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony for the first time.
Three-time winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, guitarist-vocalist Jamie Dailey and bassist-vocalist Darrin Vincent are known for their trademark harmonies and top-notch instrumentals, which have helped them garner three GRAMMY® nominations. Frequently heralded as the “Rockstars of Bluegrass,” they’ll take to the Schermerhorn stage fresh off a wildly successful PBS special, Alive! In Concert.
During a recent visit to the Schermerhorn, Darrin Vincent took some time to answer a few questions about the April 12 concert:
How did this performance with the Nashville Symphony come about?
We had been talking about the importance of collaboration with our manager Zac Koffler and booking agent Cass Scripps at APA Nashville, when the Nashville Symphony was brought up. Jamie and I loved the idea. Before starting Dailey & Vincent nine years ago, one of my last performances with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder was with the Nashville Symphony. I recalled what an awesome venue the Schermerhorn is and how great it was to work with world- class, GRAMMY®-winning musicians. We were all about trying to work it out to make the show happen from that point on.
What makes you most excited about this upcoming show?
The Schermerhorn is just a state-of-the-art facility sonically, plus the decor is simply beautiful. I can’t wait!
What are some of the challenges and opportunities of playing with a symphony orchestra? How is the preparation different than a typical Dailey & Vincent performance?
The biggest challenge will be making sure not to vary the improvisation we use in some of our songs. When an audience is really into a tune, we may play it a bit longer or add different melodies for a jam, but with a written score and other musicians, that won’t be happening.
The other difference is how beautiful and rich adding all the different instruments to songs normally played with our eight-piece band will be. Jamie and I almost get lost in listening to the music heavy with emotion; it’s powerful and so exciting, so thinking how it’s going to sound [with the orchestra] is making my heart race!
If you were an orchestra musician, what instrument would you want to play?
That is an easy question for me—I’d play the bass.
Learn more about the April 12 Dailey & Vincent performance and get tickets at www.NashvilleSymphony.org.