Dailey & Vincent - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Presents: Dailey & Vincent Sing The Statler Brothers

Dailey & Vincent - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Presents: Dailey & Vincent Sing The Statler Brothers

DAILEY & VINCENT
CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE PRESENTS: DAILEY & VINCENT SING THE STATLER BROTHERS
Rounder Records
11661-0640-2

Too often, “tribute” albums tend to be well intentioned, but tossed-off efforts lacking in the focus and innovation that gifted artists usually bring to new and original material. That’s certainly not the case with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Presents: Dailey & Vincent Sing The Statler Brothers. Jamie Dailey and Darin Vincent are both devoted fans of the legendary Virginia-based country vocal quartet that dominated both the charts and country music awards throughout the 1970s and ’80s. D&V have also collaborated with the Statlers a time or two in the past and have developed a warm friendship.

Thus, it’s no surprise that the multi-award-winning, immensely talented duo breathes new fervor into this collection of 12 familiar and not so familiar Statler Brothers chart toppers with lovely, inventive harmonies and masterful bluegrass arrangements provided by the usual A-list of bluegrass pickers. Their inspired update of the Statlers’ signature song, “Flowers On The Wall” (a miniature slice of small-town Americana if there ever was one!) is a sheer delight. They also inject fresh immediacy into oldies like “I’ll Go To My Grave Loving You” and “Hello Mary Lou,” a bouncy tune that the Statlers re-popularized many moons ago.

Even a notch or two higher are D&V’s lovely vocal treatment of “Too Much On My Heart” and their poignant recasting of “Class Of ’57,” a song whose incisive commentary on lost dreams and waylaid ambitions rings as true today as ever. In short, Dailey & Vincent have done the Statlers proud, and then some. (Rounder Records, One Rounder Way, Burlington, MA 01803, www.rounder.com.) BA