Dailey & Vincent
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Presents: Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers
5 stars (out of 5)
It’s hard to imagine anything involving Dailey & Vincent, the Statler Brothers and Cracker Barrel being anything less than a whole mess of Southern goodness, and this project certainly doesn’t disappoint. In fact, as I write, this 12-track, 34-minute masterpiece—priced to move at $11.99—is out of stock at the Cracker Barrel Web site.
Bluegrass music’s most electrifying and honored act since 2008, Dailey & Vincent covered the Statlers’ “Years Ago” on 2009’s Brothers from Different Mothers to great effect, and their love for the material made popular by the Southern Gospel-influenced quartet is as evident as their aptitude for it. So much so that one friend of mine old enough to know the original versions well heard this disc and thought it was the Statlers.
But the vocal blend achieved by Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent—along with mandolinist Jeff Parker, banjoist Joe Dean and Jeff Pearls—is something special, from the opening jauntiness of “Flowers on the Wall,” to the solemn nostalgia of “Class of ’57,” to the playfulness of “Hello Mary Lou, Goodbye Heart,” “Do You Know You Are My Sunshine,” “The Brave Apostles Twelve” and “Thank You World.”
“Too Much on My Heart,” “Elizabeth,” “Bed of Rose’s,” and “My Only Love” get the full-on emotional ballad treatment, featuring fabulously baroque endings and Dailey’s clear and high tenor sounding as good as it ever has.
The slightly bawdy “Susan When She Tried” and “I’ll Go to My Grave Lovin’ You” are particular highlights, showing the sheer power and beauty that a well-oiled quartet can achieve.
Fiddlers Andy Leftwich and Stuart Duncan, guitarist Bryan Sutton, banjoist Scott Vestal, resonator guitarists Andy Hall and Randy Kohrs all add a bluegrass feel to what is essentially a country album. Legendary pianist Hargus “Pig” Robbins sits in as well.
by Aaron Keith Harris