Multi-award-winning bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent closed out 2016 with a surprise invitation to join the prestigious roster of the Grand Ole Opry. On Friday, December 30th, during the long-running radio show’s broadcast from downtown Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the duo of Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent performed a 30-minute set, during which they were joined by special guests John Carter Cash, his wife Ana Cristina, and longtime Opry members Marty Stuart and Connie Smith.
The performance ended with Stuart shocking Dailey & Vincent with an invitation to become Opry members, saying, “Country music needs you, country music loves you and the Grand Ole Opry welcomes you.”
“This is one of the most special things that has ever happened to us,” Dailey was able to say after a few seconds of stunned silence. “We’re so thankful.”
“I have no words,” Vincent added. “I’m so honored. The Lord is so faithful to us.”
Dailey & Vincent, who kicked off their 10th year performing as a duo with this, their 100th Grand Ole Opry appearance, will be formally inducted as Opry members on Saturday, March 11th. Both veterans of bluegrass music, the pair’s first-ever duo performance took place on the Opry at the Ryman stage in 2007. Since that time they have been named IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Entertainers of the Year three times.
Dailey & Vincent will become the newest members of the 92-year-old institution, following the invitation of Crystal Gayle last November by Carrie Underwood. On Saturday, January 21st, Gayle will be officially inducted into the Opry by her sister, Loretta Lynn. Other artists scheduled to play the Opry in early 2017 include Brandy Clark, Chris Janson, Ricky Skaggs and Josh Turner.