The gospel of bluegrass

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Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent set the audiences afire during their back-to-back debut performances two seasons ago at George Mason Center for the Arts and Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. This week, the dynamic bluegrass duo returns by popular demand. "A Bluegrass Christmas" is a heartwarming program of sacred and secular songs blazing with delicious harmonies and spectacular picking. Vincent promises an evening guaranteed to teach the true meaning of the season.

"We choose songs that mean a lot to us," Vincent said. "Everything we do honors the Lord who has blessed us. Christmas is a time of giving, loving, charity and making new friends. This show has a lot of different flavors with strings, an extra guitar, a piano, percussions and even a bazooka. There might even be a Santa for all the children."

Fans can also count on a rendition of "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem," the duet on a Christmas album that captured attention on radio stations, soaring to No. 1. Dailey and Vincent were bluegrass masters long before their fateful pairing on that song. Both had been bluegrass masters for many years, having received countless awards for their Grammy-winning albums and performances in concert halls, Dailey with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Vincent as a member of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.

Amazed by the success of "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem," they contemplated their mutual interests and similarities, both musically and philosophically. Guided by their faith, they took the plunge in 2007 and forged a partnership that has produced five critically acclaimed albums. The latest, "The Gospel Side of Daily & Vincent," has been a blockbuster, cracking No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, where it stayed for 41 weeks.

Onstage
Dailey & Vincent: 'A Bluegrass Christmas'
Where: Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Info: $32 to $48; 888-945-2468; hyltoncenter.org

"We both come from a long line of bluegrass musicians," Vincent said. "We have so many things in common, especially the fact that the Lord is the center of our lives and marriages. I've been married for 19 years and have three wonderful children. In our work, we mesh perfectly. Jamie has great work ethics. He's very regimented, vocally heavy and had a good business background. My strengths lie in producing and recording, so where one is weak, the other is strong."

It also helps that both are virtuoso artists on multiple instruments, a talent they honed while growing up in musical families who switched instruments and sang as the spirit and occasion demanded. Their innate sense of humor adds fun to every concert. After the first of the year, they will launch a huge touring schedule that will take them to many new venues and bluegrass festivals. In March, fans can anticipate the release of their next bluegrass album.

"We love being invited to perform at art centers because it introduces us to audiences who may not be familiar with bluegrass music," Vincent said. "It's a pleasure to make new fans and to bring joy and peace to everyone."

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