Whether wowing audiences with their harmonious vocals and bluegrass accompaniment or making crowds feel as if they've reconnected with long-lost family members through witty banter and infectious fun, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent -- the chart-topping duo of Dailey & Vincent -- have made legions of fans throughout the world.
The talented duo is making a much-anticipated return to Northeast Arkansas as part of the star-studded Johnny Cash Music Festival planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center.
Dailey & Vincent were approached about taking part in the event by Bill Carter, who has worked with the performers previously through his role as a producer for the Gaither Homecoming series of video and television specials. Carter, a noted alumnus of Arkansas State University and a native of Rector, has been friends with Dailey and Vincent for years.
"When Bill Carter called us about putting this show together, there was no hesitation," Darrin Vincent said. "We told him 'whatever you put together, we want to be a part of it' -- and it went from there."
Dailey & Vincent will join with legendary performers including Johnny's children, John Carter Cash and Rosanne Cash, his brother, Tommy Cash, his sister, Joanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, Gary Morris, Rodney Crowell, Chelsea Crowell and John Carter's wife, Laura, in a spectacle of talent and pure music history that will raise funds for the restoration of the Dyess Colony and Johnny Cash's boyhood home there.
Members of the Cash family have been working with Carter to organize the festival as part of an ongoing effort to establish the Johnny Cash Boyhood Museum and Home in Dyess. Restoration is just getting underway at the former Cash home, which has been acquired by Arkansas State University.
"When you run down that list of names, it's like getting a lesson in music," Jamie Dailey said. "Those guys are the legends we've all looked up to and enjoyed listening to for years."
"We're honored to be a part of that lineup," Vincent said. "We're fortunate to do what we do. But to share a stage with artists like this is, well, it's like a dream come true for us."
That's high praise from one of the hottest acts in Nashville. In April, the duo claimed their first Gospel Music Association Dove Award, winning the Bluegrass Album of the Year for their a capella collection "Singing From the Heart." Dailey & Vincent have won three consecutive International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year awards and have won the Album of the Year award on two occasions.
Dailey & Vincent's latest album is a special tribute entitled "Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers." The album, released last year to much success and critical acclaim, features the duo's renditions of much-loved Statler Brothers' classics. The album debuted atop the bluegrass chart, a position it held for nine consecutive weeks, and opened at number 19 among country albums.
Since the Statler Brothers began their storied country music careers as backup vocalists for Johnny Cash in 1964 before reaching the heights of success on their own, it's only fitting Dailey & Vincent will represent the powerful group in spirit at the Aug. 4 event.
"There's so much history in music," Dailey said. "That's one of the things that's so great about a show like this. There's going to be a lot of history out there. We're just happy to have the chance to be a part of it."
The Johnny Cash Music Festival is rapidly becoming one of the must-see events of 2011. Tickets currently are on sale at johnnycashmusicfest.com or at the ASU ticket office at (870) 972-ASU1.
"It's going to be a great show," Vincent said. "We're thrilled to be a part of it and are looking forward to being back in that area."
Fans who are interested in their latest releases may order "Singing From the Heart" from the Dailey & Vincent website, daileyvincent.musiccitynetworks.com, and "Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers" from any Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, www.crackerbarrel.com or the Dailey & Vincent website.