Wednesday, February 17, 2010
CRACKER BARREL AND DAILEY & VINCENT CELEBRATE #1 DEBUT ON BILLBOARD BLUEGRASS CHART WITH DAILEY & VINCENT SING THE STATLER BROTHERS
Duo Also Makes First Entry into Top 20 of Billboard Top Country Albums Chart With Hot Shot Debut, and Clinches Top Heatseekers Spot
LEBANON, TENN. (February 10, 2010)—Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and Dailey & Vincent are pleased to celebrate the #1 debut of Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart (issue date February 20). The album also entered the Billboard Top Country Albums chart at #19, earning the Hot Shot Debut and marking the duo’s first top-20 debut on that chart. The album has landed the #1 spot on the Heatseekers Albums chart, for artists who have never appeared in the top 100 of the Billboard 200, or the top 10 of R&B/HipHop, Country, Latin, Christian or Gospel Albums charts. It is also at #120 on the overall Billboard 200.
The twelve-song CD, now available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and online at crackerbarrel.com, features Dailey & Vincent’s new bluegrass interpretations of classic Statler Brothers songs.
“We are thrilled beyond belief about the response to this album,” said Jamie Dailey. “It’s further evidence of the timelessness of these great songs.”
“We are so thankful to our fans who went out and purchased the CD,” Darrin Vincent continued, “and to Statler Brothers fans who love the music like we do and took a chance on us.”
“Cracker Barrel congratulates Dailey & Vincent on this great achievement," said Peter Keiser, Cracker Barrel’s Vice President of Marketing. “Debuting at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart clearly demonstrates that these talented performers are a great fit with Cracker Barrel’s guests. We see this achievement as another important moment in the growth of Cracker Barrel’s role as a non-traditional music retailer,” he added.
The chart-topping debut wraps up an incredible week for Dailey & Vincent, who celebrated the album’s release with a party at the Country Music Hall of Fame® & Museum on February 3. The Statler Brothers themselves, along with other top names including Ricky Skaggs, Bill Gaither, Ralph Emery, Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, Ronnie and Rob McCoury, Steve Wariner, Rounder Records co-founder Ken Irwin and Ronnie Bowman, were on hand to congratulate Jamie and Darrin and to cheer on their performance of several songs from the album.
Music critic and historian Robert K. Oermann described Dailey & Vincent’s performance at the party for Music Row, saying, “ . . . the group performed flawlessly. Make that sensationally. People were screaming and shouting at them after every song.”
“They’ve done a great thing,” Statler Don Reid told the Staunton News-Leader in an interview. “They’re true to the arrangements and lyrics. We’re touched by their talent, character and intentions.”
Dailey & Vincent also made an in-store appearance at the Cracker Barrel location in Cookeville, Tennessee, on February 4, performing songs from the album before signing copies for their fans. On February 5 and 6, they performed two sold-out concerts at Avery Trace Middle School in Cookeville. On February 1 they appeared on Ralph Emery Live on RFD-TV and joined WSM’s Eddie Stubbs for an in-studio visit. They returned to WSM for a visit with Bill Cody on February 5.
On Sunday, February 7, Dailey & Vincent won four SPBGMA Bluegrass Awards—Vocal Group of the Year, Gospel Group of the Year/Contemporary, Male Vocalist of the Year/Contemporary for Jamie Dailey, and Bass Fiddle Performer of the Year for Darrin Vincent.
Initial reviews of Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers have been overwhelmingly positive, including:
“Dailey & Vincent not only are singing 12 Statler Brothers tunes, but they’ve filtered these classic and mostly well-known tunes into their bluegrass filter and the results are, in a word: stunning.” Roughstock.com
“ . . . a tour de force exhibition of stunning interpretive singing and emotionally riveting musicianship . . .” TheBluegrassSpecial.com
Other upcoming media appearances and interviews for the duo include: a Country Weekly feature in the February 22 issue, on stands February 15; Sirius XM Track-by-Track with Kyle Cantrell, premiering on February 24 on Bluegrass Junction (Sirius 65, XM 14); and on February 27, The Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV at 8:00 p.m. (EST), as well as the Grand Ole Opry.
Dailey & Vincent have taken the bluegrass world by storm since they launched their career as a duo in 2007 and signed with Rounder Records. Jamie Dailey was formerly the lead singer and guitarist for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; until the end of 2007, Darrin Vincent was guitar and mandolin player and harmony vocalist with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. In addition to being named Entertainer of the Year, Dailey & Vincent received 2009 IBMA awards for Vocal Group of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year, for “On the Other Side.” Their latest success follows an incredible run in 2008 when they took home seven IBMA awards, becoming the first act in the history of the IBMA awards to be named Entertainer of the Year and Emerging Artist in the same year.