Dailey & Vincent
There is nothing in the vast expanse of contemporary bluegrass that compares to a Dailey & Vincent show.
When the duo played the Festival of the Bluegrass in 2013, it unleashed a full 90-minute concert at dusk with the precision and presentation of a show band. Its stage design, right down to the sharply cut suits donned by frontmen Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, made the act look more like something out of the Cotton Club than the Kentucky Horse Park, but the program was drenched in country-infused grass, gospel-themed songs and harmonies, and considerable instrumental flair.
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With its 10th anniversary looming in January, Dailey & Vincent return Saturday to Renfro Valley, which has become its most regular regional performance home in recent years. On the docket will probably be tunes from the duo’s “Patriots & Poets,” a collection of all-original tunes released in March.
Steve Martin, banjo pioneer Bela Fleck and Dailey’s onetime boss Doyle Lawson all make guest appearances on the record. “Patriots & Poets” also continues the string of thematically and stylistically varied records that the duo has released since 2008. Others include 2010’s “Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers,” 2012’s “The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent” and the 2015 CD and DVD set “Alive! In Concert.”
Sam Bush Band
Make plans to stay out late next Thursday. Two performances marking significant local anniversaries will play in succession that evening.
First, “The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” will edge closer to its 900th broadcast. It will take its next step to that milestone by taping show number 899 at the Lyric Theatre, with Kentucky Music of Hall of Famer and frequent WoodSongs invitee Sam Bush as its featured guest.
Just a reminder: This is a rare instance when WoodSongs will deviate from its normal Monday tapings. Those will resume July 24, when the program officially hits show 900 with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Byrds co-founder and veteran folk revivalist Roger McGuinn.
Later on Thursday, The Burl kicks off an anniversary celebration honoring its first year in business. The festivities will run well into next weekend, but the fun begins with the local debut of the esteemed New Jersey (now Nashville) songstress Nicole Atkins, an artist who ignites her powerful, reflective songs with a voice that blends vintage soul, a touch of roots-directed country and an epic pop bravado that more than one critic has compared to Roy Orbison. The Thursday performance also falls on the eve of the release of a sublime new recording, “Goodnight Rhonda Lee.”
We will detail the specific doings of all these artists — Atkins, Bush and McGuinn — in separate stories over the coming two weeks. For now, grab your party hats. Two esteemed components of Lexington’s thriving music community have some celebrating to do Thursday. Needless to say, you’re invited.
Steve Earle and the Dukes
Here’s just what you needed: yet another reason to get out of the house next Thursday.
This pick, though, requires a bit more than that — it calls for a summer road trip to Cincinnati. The destination is the Taft Theatre, where Steve Earle and the Dukes will be holding court.
Earle has made Lexington a regular summertime concert stop in recent years. He played here most recently in July 2016 as part of an acoustic duo with Shawn Colvin at the Opera House. He is bypassing us this summer, which is a shame. But Earle is on the road, nonetheless, this time with his full Dukes band to promote his most unabashedly country-directed album in ages, “So You Wannabe an Outlaw.” The record is country — that is, as defined by the early Earle classic “Guitar Town” and the vintage ’70s outlaw music of Waylon Jennings.
The Mastersons — the husband-and-wife duo of Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore — will again do double duty that evening. The two will open the show with tunes from its fine new album, “Transient Lullaby,” before joining Earle as two of the chief engine drivers in the Dukes. Masterson will handle the bulk of the guitar chores, and Whitmore will add violin and harmony vocals.