Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® organizers took a giant leap forward last year in securing the legendary, Ricky Skaggs, as the featured headliner for the highly successful 2015 Shenandoah Ford Bluegrass Festival. The problem, though, with such a booking coup is always the same: how do you follow it up? With some hard work, that problem was quickly put to rest a couple of weeks ago; and, today, Festival President, Jim Douglas, is pleased to announce that it is official: newer generation Bluegrass superstars, Dailey & Vincent, will headline the 2016 Shenandoah Ford Bluegrass Festival; held this coming spring of 2016 on Sunday, May 1st, at the new Tolley Dental Event Tent, and presented by Coors Light, the Northern Virginia Daily and Q102 Radio.
Dailey & Vincent is one of the top Bluegrass bands in America. From the very beginning of their partnership in late 2007, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent quickly established themselves as fresh voices in their genre. The potent mix of their fantastically powerful vocal blends, four award-winning studio albums, and a heavy touring schedule, has gained them well-deserved attention from bluegrass, country, and gospel critics and fans alike. Dailey & Vincent has been recognized as 3-time IBMA Entertainer of The Year, 3-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, and 2-time Grammy Award Nominees. The band has become a perennial favorite on the festival circuit, playing 115 shows per year all over the U. S. and the world; and Wikipedia lists them as winning an incredible 40 major awards. Equally at home with material from any of the aforementioned genres, Jamie and Darrin continue to expand on the possibilities of what kinds of music can become “Dailey & Vincent music.”
Young, but seasoned veterans of bluegrass, traditional country, and gospel groups themselves, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent have built on the experience and knowledge gained from working with Doyle Lawson (Dailey) and John Hartford and Ricky Skaggs (Vincent) to forge their own distinct career path. Darrin Vincent began his career onstage at age two with his family band, The Sally Mountain Show (and has been singing with his sister, Rhonda, for most of his life). Jamie Dailey also comes from a musical family: his father, guitarist J.B. Dailey, was a founding member of The Four J’s, a regional gospel quartet. Jamie started singing when he was just three years old. By the time he was nine, he was learning to play bass and guitar, and within a few years, he added banjo to his repertoire. “Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers”  and “The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent”  both garnered Grammy nominations; but, each had a very specific focus. With 2013’s “Brothers of the Highway,” Jamie and Darrin have made a conscious attempt to take stock of their careers so far, a sort of look “Back to the Future,” heeding the admonition of their friend and mentor, Ricky Skaggs, who sagely advised them, “you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been.”
The Shenandoah Ford Bluegrass Festival annually closes out the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®’s crowded ten-day schedule; and, it will be held in 2016, at the new Tolley Dental Event Tent, at 1755 North Sector Court, on the campus of the Winchester Medical Center. The special reserved seating prices introduced last year proved to be very popular. This year, the price for reserved seating will be $40. There will be a limited number of these reserved seats available at the front of the Festival Event Tent. General Admission seating will also be offered at $30 a seat. Orders for all Bluegrass tickets may be placed at this time at Apple Blossom Headquarters at 135 North Cameron Street and 540-662-3863. Orders will be filled in the spring in the order in which they were taken. Orders may also be placed on line in the near future at the Official SABF Online Store.