I got back not long ago from seeing Dailey & Vincent live at the Appleton Performing Arts Center. They played a strong 90+ minute set with four band members backing them up. It started out with several songs with the entire ensemble playing, continued with a handful of songs where just the two of them sang and played, then closed out with the entire ensemble, including a two-song encore.
A few things stood out to me. First was the harmonies – they are incredibly tight. Especially with just Dailey and Vincent singing, but really with the entire ensemble, regardless of who was singing. They are singing a lot of four-part songs now – and not just the Statler Brothers songs they’re covering. They included one or two fine a cappella songs. That’s always been one of the things I like best about their music and it really stands out in their live show.
Second, you cannot really appreciate the depth and tone of Christian Davis’ fine, fine bass singing. He took the lead on two songs in the set and his voice just rumbles like rolling thunder! You can feel the reverberation in your chest – and not because of the sound system being too loud. You just can’t pick that up from the CDs.
Third, the six of them really seem to enjoy being together. You can see that in the videos they post from the road, like this one. They incorporate this into their act, with some scripted bits and some things that just happen.
They announced a 25 city or so tour later this year where the two of them will be singing with Jimmy Fortune and one other unnamed artist backed by a country band. They’re planning to sing old country hits, like Elvira and Class of ’57. They were leaning on the PAC director to book them back for that tour. I’m not a straight-up country music fan, by any means, but I’d go to that concert given the chance.
Here’s their set list from tonight’s show:
Black Eyed Suzie
Howdy Neighbor Howdy
You Oughta Be Here with Me
Back to Hancock County
John Henry Was a Steel Drivin’ Man
After A While
Going to Georgia
Thinking About You
When I Stop Dreaming
Class of ’57
Keep on the Sunny Side of Life
Winter’s Come and Gone
Come Back to Me
My Only Love
When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
Fox on the Run
Thanks to Calvary
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
The Fourth Man in the Fire
By the Mark
If you get a chance to see them in concert, I recommend that you do so. It was a wonderful concert and well worth the cost.