Bluegrass standouts Dailey & Vincent are scheduled to perform at the ninth-annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at The Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana.
Also on the bill Dec. 31 will be comedian Dennis Swanberg and bluegrass triplet trio Red Roots.
Dailey & Vincent are three-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year winners, three-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year winners, two-time Grammy nominees and Dove Award winners.
Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent were no strangers to the stage prior to meeting during an IBMA awards show in Louisville, Ky. Dailey’s resume included a stint with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, while Vincent had long performed with Rhonda Vincent (his sister) and also been part of the Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder combo.
The duo’s recent albums “Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers” and “The Gospel Side of Dailey and Vincent” both garnered Grammy nominations. Their newest effort is “Brothers Of The Highway.” According to the duo’s website, Dailey & Vincent made a conscious attempt on “Highway” take stock of their careers so far. As such, they’re heeding the advice of their friend and mentor Ricky Skaggs, who advised them, “You can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been.”
In a prior interview with The Goshen News, Dailey talked about why bluegrass music resonates with listeners.
“It’s the heart of the music,” he said. “It’s the heart and soul. It’s America’s music. It’s roots music. It brings you down to Earth, is what it does.”
Swanberg is an Austin, Texas-born pastor-turned-comedian. According to his website, he was raised in what he calls a “mostly blue-collar, but sometimes ring-around-the collar” family. Swanberg said that during the 1950s, an old black-and-white television in the corner of the living room became an important part of making him the success he is today.