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Jamie Dailey gestures while telling a funny story as Darrin Vincent laughs at the press conference prior to the induction of Dailey & Vincent into the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, March 11.
By Dewain E. Peek, OCN Staff
Dailey & Vincent were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, March 11, and the duo does not take the honor lightly.
In a press conference before the night’s event, Jamie Dailey said, “It is our job to be the best ambassadors that we can for the Grand Ole Opry and what it stands for. It is our job to go out and promote this wonderful, beautiful place and get people to come here and see the show.”
He went on to add, “When we get here, we want to make sure that we play the very best music that we can play.”
And entertaining the audience is their main goal.
“For us, we have to look at it as there are people in that audience tonight that might be sick, might be going through divorces, might be having financial trouble, might be going through whatever, who knows, but it’s our job as entertainers to go on that stage tonight and take them on a two or three song ride and make them laugh a little bit and, hopefully, by the time they leave here after watching all of us artists on the Grand Ole Opry and feeling what the Grand Ole Opry has to offer, hopefully, they will leave here feeling better than when they came. That’s our job and that’s what is most important to us here and everywhere we go.”
Dailey, who was born in Corbin, KY, to Livingston residents J.B. and Judith Dailey, grew up in Gainesboro after his family located there shortly after his birth, and he will be giving back to that community this week, which he noted when asked about advice for young artists.
“Actually, I’m speaking at my middle school next week about this, and there’s a lot of young kids coming up singing and playing, and I think it’s very important, and this is me only, you don’t have to take this verbatim, but for me, I think it’s important that you do the music first because you love it and because you have passion for it,” Dailey said. “And, if you’ve got that, that’s the greatest foundation, I believe, that you can have. And I would tell any young musicians and singers that first.
“And then I would say that you need to work very hard and stay very persistent at it through the good, the bad, and the ugly. You’re going to fall down some. You’re going to have some successes, challenges, things, people will come up and say mean things to you or say, “I don’t like what you sound like,’ or, “I don’t like your kind of music,’ you’ve got to believe in yourself and you’ve got to move forward, and there’ll be tough times.
“I mean, we’ve had tough times. We’ve had great times, successes, challenges, hills and valleys, you’ve just got to plow through, and that’s the thing, persistence, passion, and just keep rockin’, you’ve just got to go for it.”
Dailey & Vincent first took to the Opry stage together in 2007.
Darrin Vincent, a native of Missouri, said, “Our very first peformance at the Grand Ole Opry was in 2007, December the 29th, and, I’m telling you, we were scared to death. I was shaking.
“I had just spent eleven years doing the Grand Ole Opry with Ricky (Skaggs), he (Jamie) had done nine years with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver playing the Grand Ole Opry, but, I tell you what, when Jeannie Seely brought us out for the very first time and it was just he and I with the mandolin guitar, we were doing “By The Mark”, our very first song that got us our record deal – everything about our career – we were shaking and we just bawled like two little girls when it was over.
“We were so scared, but were so thankful.”
Dailey agreed, “We did, we were shaking, and still shaking tonight.”
And he told of a moment that can still be seen on You Tube of their first appearance.
“I told the band, I said, ‘Everybody, I want you to wear blue shirts, blue ties, black suits, well, you’all, I have a little bit of a problem, I’m a little color blind.
“So, everybody shows up the way they’re supposed to be dressed, and I show up and Darrin says, ‘Jamie, you’re wearing a pink shirt,’ and I was honestly wearing a pink shirt, and I didn’t bring another one. So, if you watch the video, that really happened.”
Nine years later, on December 30, 2016, the three-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year were invited to join the Grand Ole Opry during their 100th appearance on the Opry stage as a duo. They would be inducted during their 101st appearance.
Vincent said, “We have done a whole lot of crying and been very emotional since December 30.
“This is something that has touched our hearts forever,” he said breaking into tears.
He said he told his wife, “I feel so unworthy to be here tonight, because there’s so many other great players, and why the Lord and the Opry chose us, it’s a miracle. It’s a huge honor and we’re so thankful for.”
The night’s performance would start with an instrumental.
Dailey said, “We wanted to do an instrumental to showcase our band’s abilities to play, and Jessie Baker, our banjo player wrote a great instrumental that will kick the show off with.”
That would be followed with a gospel song in four-part harmony.
“And then something that’s very important to us is gospel music as well,” he said. “We love to sing, even though we’re a secular band, we sing a lot of gospel music as well and so we wanted to do a four-part a cappella song with our quartet, which is something that we love to do here at the Opry because I don’t think it’s done a whole lot at the Opry, so we like to do that when we come here.”
After that song, Jeannie Seely and Old Crow Medicine Show inducted Dailey & Vincent into the ranks of members of the Grand Ole Opry.
For their first performance as Opry members, Dailey & Vincent chose The Statler Brothers’ “I’ll Go To My Grave Loving You”.
Dailey explained at the press conference, “It’s very important to us that we close with a song in tribute to my heroes, the Statler Brothers, and Darrin’s too, dear, dear friends of ours. Because, lying in the floor, listening to music like that on the boom box, on the radio, I’ll never forget the first time I heard the four-part country quartet on the radio, after I got to know kind of what they were about and this song called ‘I’ll Go To My Grave Loving You” and we thought that would be a good thing to tell the crowd and the Opry as the last song of our induction and before we leave the stage.
“I’ll probably be crying trying to sing before we go. It’ll be a lot of fun.”
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Jamie Dailey speaks to the audience as Darrin Vincent looks on after Jeannie Seely and Old Crow Medicine Show inducted Dailey & Vincent into the Grand Ole Opry.
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Dailey & Vincent perform “I’ll Go To My Grave Loving You” as the duo’s first song as Grand Ole Opry members.