Just like with many entertainers, the holiday season is a big one for Dailey & Vincent. The month of December saw the International Bluegrass Music Association Award winners get their feet wet in the Christmas-tour business with their Spirit of Christmas show.
According to the duo's Darrin Vincent, it was a hit from the beginning. "Our first show was in Gainesboro, Tenn., which is Jamie Dailey's hometown, at the Jackson County High School. That was actually a fundraiser for a Helping Hands charity for the underprivileged children in the county. I think we had 1,100 people there. We ended up having to turn about 40 cars away, or the fire marshal was going to shut us down. We were so blessed to have raised well over $24,000 that night. Then, we played at Terre Haute, Ind., and that show had been sold out for close to three weeks."
Vincent credits the valuable exposure the duo has received on television and radio for helping them grow their live fanbase. "We have been blessed with all of our fans coming out on the road to support us. A lot of that has been thanks to RFD-TV with Larry's Country Diner and Country's Family Reunion," he says. "Television is a powerful tool, then you have SiriusXM playing our records, as well. That, along with all our support at bluegrass radio, has been huge."
When coming up with the set list for the tour, Vincent says the goal was to keep it Christmas-oriented, but also to give those in attendance a view into the music they make. "We took some of our favorite Christmas songs and put them in the show. I was with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for 11 years, and one of the things that people would ask would be to hear more of the bluegrass sound. Our show is about 75 percent Christmas music, and then we kick it into bluegrass to try to take advantage of those who are seeing us for the first time. It's really been working. People have been telling us that they love the Christmas show, but are also glad that we are doing some of our other music. They say they are going to tell their friends about it and come back to see our regular show."
The holiday tour definitely whetted the duo's appetites for more yuletide shows in 2015 -- as well as a possible Christmas album. "Our manager is working on that as we speak," Vincent revealed to Billboard. "We are trying to do a really special Christmas TV show and CD next year. It's going to be a really cool concept. We've already got dates on hold in September of next year to do that."
The 2015 tour year begins early, with a Jan. 3 date in Jekyll Island, Ga., and dates already on the books well into the fall. "Our team over at APA already has about 75 to 80 shows for next year on the books already, and are adding more," said Vincent, who is excited about what the coming year has to offer. "We're really excited about the live CD/DVD combo we just did at George Mason University in Manassas, Va. We're going to have our own TV special on public television in March or April. We're really thrilled about that and are trying to work out a deal with a company to distribute the live project, so we're very excited about next year. I think it's going to be a big year for us."