12 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s no easy feat for a traditionally minded artist to make a go of it in the 21st-century bluegrass scene—but even the heaviest doors can swing open when you’ve got as much expertise as former Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver singer Jamie Dailey and former Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder member Darrin Vincent. After three consecutive detours into concept albums of gospel, a cappella tunes, and Statler Brothers covers, Brothers of the Highway finds the duo digging into its roots with powerful results. Dailey & Vincent’s harmonies on old-school tunes like The Louvin Brothers’ “When I Stop Dreaming” are startling in their spot-on purity. But even when they tackle a more contemporary tune, like Vince Gill’s “Hills of Caroline,” they bring enough authentic mountain soul to the table to make the track sound as old as the hills. And when they add virtuosos like fiddle phenomenon Aubrey Haynie, bluegrass guitar hero Bryan Sutton, and sibling fiddlers B.J. and Molly Cherryholmes to the party, the album almost takes on the feel of an all-star super-session.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s no easy feat for a traditionally minded artist to make a go of it in the 21st-century bluegrass scene—but even the heaviest doors can swing open when you’ve got as much expertise as former Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver singer Jamie Dailey and former Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder member Darrin Vincent. After three consecutive detours into concept albums of gospel, a cappella tunes, and Statler Brothers covers, Brothers of the Highway finds the duo digging into its roots with powerful results. Dailey & Vincent’s harmonies on old-school tunes like The Louvin Brothers’ “When I Stop Dreaming” are startling in their spot-on purity. But even when they tackle a more contemporary tune, like Vince Gill’s “Hills of Caroline,” they bring enough authentic mountain soul to the table to make the track sound as old as the hills. And when they add virtuosos like fiddle phenomenon Aubrey Haynie, bluegrass guitar hero Bryan Sutton, and sibling fiddlers B.J. and Molly Cherryholmes to the party, the album almost takes on the feel of an all-star super-session.

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Customer Reviews

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Skipperron51,

These guys never disapoint. Great musicians and have a geniune old time sound but the music still is vibrant and well recorded. Love them

Another Great Album

Bluegrasspetey,

The preview is great. Can't wait to get the whole album.

About Dailey & Vincent

A 21st century bluegrass duo, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent both had long careers in bluegrass before they officially joined forces, Dailey as the guitarist and lead singer for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver while Vincent played for years in Ricky Skaggs' band Kentucky Thunder (plus his older sister just happened to be bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent). Dailey and Vincent first met in 2001, and quickly discovered that their voices meshed magically, much like the rare blend of voices that legendary brother duos like the Louvin Brothers possessed. Signing with Rounder Records, the pair released the eponymous Dailey & Vincent in 2008 on the label, and the album immediately put them on the top of the bluegrass heap, winning multiple International Bluegrass Music Association awards that same year. Two more albums appeared from Rounder in 2009, Brothers from Different Mothers in March and Singing from the Heart in October. Two themed collections, Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers and The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent, were issued in 2010 and 2012, respectively, through the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and distributed through Rounder Records. The well-balanced and impressive Brothers of the Highway, released on Rounder Records, appeared in the spring of 2013. ~ Steve Leggett

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