Dailey & Vincent
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Darrin Vincent said he wants to try his hand at TV.

As part of the group Dailey & Vincent, he crisscrosses the country performing shows. The group performs this weekend at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival concert.

So, is Vincent considering a reality show?

He burst into a Midwestern guffaw after I asked that question during a phone interview last month. I couldn't keep from laughing.

"I don't know if (a camera crew) could take it or not," he said. "It would be hilarious. People would . . . say, 'bless their hearts they haven't got any sense.'"

Instead, he said the band is thinking about doing a variety show that would combine bluegrass and comedy. Since Vincent had me laughing through most of the remaining interview, that might be a good idea.

But Vincent didn't convince me that a reality show was a bad idea.

"You're touring 50 days of the year . . . on a 45-foot bus," he said. "We are really blessed to have a couple great guys. We have sadness on the bus (when) people lose loved ones. We lift each other up."

That sounds way more entertaining (and wholesome) than Bret Michael's "Rock of Love Bus" or any other VH1 show.

Even though the band's allergies act up this time of year, Vincent said that Gettysburg fans have made the festival a must-play.

"They treat you first-class," he said.

The group usually dodges pollen at indoor shows like the one they were preparing for last month at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., a venue that still inspires awe even after multiple performances.

Vincent, 41, said it was his father's dream to be a member of the opry. So, in a way, he's helping keep that dream alive.

A Show-Me State native, Vincent started singing as a toddler and joined the family band, The Sally Mountain Show, with sister Rhonda Vincent - another Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival regular. He went on to play with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, a group that's won five Grammy Awards.

In 2003, he met Jamie Dailey while recording a bluegrass Christmas compilation. They decided to form a group and released their first self-titled album in early 2008. The group also comprises Christian Davis, Joe Dean Jr., Jeff Parker and Jesse Stockman.

They earned their first Grammy nomination for "Elizabeth" from the 2010 release "Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers."

When Dailey was 9, his father bought him a Statler Brothers CD, Vincent said. The songs stuck with him. Dailey & Vincent received great feedback after it recorded the Statler Brothers' "More Than a Name on a Wall."

The songs seemed made for their voices, said Vincent.

Representatives from Cracker Barrel came to see a Dailey & Vincent gig at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. After the audience gave a Statler Brothers tune a standing ovation, the reps offered to partner with the group for a CD.

It ended up winning 2010 Album of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards

Vincent giddily shared a secret during the interview - Dailey & Vincent just picked up their first Gospel Music Association Dove Award for their a capella collection "Singing From the Heart," which was released as a fundraiser for Tennessee Bible College.

Dailey, a bachelor, went to Atlanta to collect the award, while Vincent spent some time with his family. The show was taped during Holy Week and aired Easter Sunday.

It was refreshing to hear that Vincent was genuinely excited. Sure, it would have been great to win a Grammy, he said, but the band's track record isn't bad considering they've only been at it for about four years.

That sentiment made me want to email Justin Bieber - who pouted after walking away from the Grammys empty-handed - the definition of "humility."

It made me mock Lady Gaga's dramatic backstage breakdown on her upcoming HBO documentary "The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden." (And I consider myself a Little Monster.)

Pop music definitely takes itself too seriously.

Maybe the industry needs a trip to Gettysburg and a show about bluegrass goofballs.

PopEye is a bi-weekly column focusing on the ever-changing landscape of popular culture. To reach writer Erin McCracken, call 771-2051 or send an e-mail to emccracken@ydr.com.

About the festival

The 62nd semianuualGettysburg Bluegrass Festival runs Thursday through Sunday at Granite Hill Camping Resort, 3340 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg.

Prices are as follows:

Four-day passes are $110 in advance; $125 at the gate

Three-day passes are $85 in advance; $100 at the gate

Two-day passes are $55 in advance; $65 at the gate

Thursday passes are $25 in advance; $35 at the gate

Friday passes are $35 in advance; $45 at the gate

Saturday passes are $35 in advance; $45 at the gate

Sunday passes are $20 in advance; $25 at the gate

Prices listed do not include tax and processing fees. Gate ticket purchases are cash-only. Seniors 65 and older receive a $5 discount off gate admission. Children ages 12 to 16 get half-price gate admission with an adult ticket purchase. Children 12 and younger are free. For details and tickets, call 1-800-642-8368, or visit www.gettysburgbluegrass.com/festival.

Festival lineup

Thursday

2 p.m. - Nothin' Fancy

2:55 p.m. - Darin and Brooke Aldridge

3:50 p.m. - Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out

4:45 p.m. - Larry Stephenson Band

5:40 p.m. - Mountain Heart

6:35 p.m. - Nothin' Fancy

7:30 p.m. - Darin and Brooke Aldridge

8:25 p.m. - Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out

9:20 p.m. - Larry Stephenson Band

10:15 p.m. - Mountain Heart

Friday

11 a.m. - Don Rigsby and Pete and Joan Wernick

11:45 a.m. - Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie Band

12:40 p.m. - Steep Canyon Rangers

1:35 p.m. - Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

2:30 p.m. - Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

3:25 p.m. - Gibson Brothers

4:20 p.m. - Next Best Thing

6 p.m. - Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie Band

6:55 p.m. - Don Rigsby and Pete and Joan Wernick

7:50 p.m. - Steep Canyon Rangers

8:45 p.m. - Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

9:40 p.m. - Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

10:30 p.m. - The Gibson Brothers

11:30 p.m. - Next Best Thing

Saturday

11 a.m. - Don Rigsby and Pete and Joan Wernick

11:45 a.m. - Dry Branch Fire Squad

12:40 p.m. - Dailey & Vincent

1:35 p.m. - JD Crowe and The New South

2:30 p.m. - The Grascals

3:25 p.m. - The Seldom Scene

4:20 p.m. - Mike Cleveland and Flamekeeper

6 p.m. - Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie Band

6:55 p.m. - Dry Branch Fire Squad

7:50 p.m. - Dailey & Vincent

8:45 p.m. - JD Crowe and The New South

9:40 p.m. - The Grascals

10:35 p.m. - The Seldom Scene

11:30 p.m. - Mike Cleveland and Flamekeeper

Sunday

10 a.m. - Dry Branch Fire Squad

11:15 a.m. - The Hillbenders

12:25 p.m. - Junior Sisk and Rambler's Choice

1:40 p.m. - The Seldom Scene (75 minute set)

3:05 p.m. - David Parmley and Continental Divide

Acts and show times are subject to change. The festival is rain or shine.

Online

daileyvincent.musiccitynetworks.com