Dailey & Vincent - Brothers From Different Mothers

Dailey & Vincent - Brothers From Different Mothers

BROTHERS FROM DIFFERENT MOTHERS

Rounder Records
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The note from the Editor that came with this CD read, “It may be a bit ‘On The Edge.’” Bluegrass is a dynamic music form that retains an important element that came from Mr. Monroe: discipline. This is a project with lots of session men and more high tech gimmickry than could have been imagined in the days of recording live. It’s still bluegrass, but Dailey & Vincent-style—that is, bluegrass as played today with lots of modern touches. There is no big surprise that the gospel numbers all sound great. There are lots of other good songs like “Your Love Is Like A Flower.” Not the old Flatt & Scruggs classic, but an update of that theme.

The duet is at the core of the fine vocals that predominate on this project. The duet on Gillian Welch’s “Winter’s Come And Gone” is a highlight for its simplicity and great vocals over just two guitars. There are a couple of nods to the Statler Brothers, one of Dailey’s longstanding influences, one with a touch of “Roadhog” Moran, the Statler’s comic alterego from the mid-1970s. Their reading of “Years Ago” is very close to the original by the Statler Brothers. They veer toward a movie soundtrack with the string-laden “On The Other Side.” This cut could crossover to mainstream country.

It is that last cut and when you start over, the banjos, fiddles, and urgency return toward what we all would recognize as bluegrass. There is a grand variety of music here and the boys have got another hit album here. It will be interesting to see where it takes them. (Rounder Records, One Rounder Way, Burlington, MA 01803, www.rounder.com.) RCB