Dailey & Vincent, one of today’s most celebrated bluegrass duos, spent the day Monday downtown Smithville shooting scenes for a new music video called “Unsung Heroes” from their latest CD project “Patriots & Poets”.
“Unsung Heroes” pays tribute to veterans and active duty military soldiers as well as law enforcement officers, first responders, and others who perform a service for their fellow man but often go unrecognized. The music video will even feature several of those hometown heroes from right here in DeKalb County
The production crew spent part of the morning videoing scenes at Sundance Restaurant where local veterans, including one as old as 93, gathered around a dining table with county music star Aaron Tippin, who was invited, to visit and swap stories for the Dailey & Vincent project. The duo later joined the veterans at the table to perform the song “Unsung Heroes” in their honor as part of the video shoot.
Dailey, who co-wrote the song with country music stars Bill Anderson and former Statler Brother Jimmy Fortune, said it sends a powerful message. “We sat down and asked each other what we thought we would like to write about and Bill said I think we should write about the unsung heroes like the first responders and people who do things that are kind to other people. We call them the unsung heroes and that is what we wrote about,” said Dailey.
Vincent, who makes his home in DeKalb County, decided another fellow entertainer and DeKalb Countian should also be part of this project too. “Thinking of the veterans, we invited Aaron Tippin, a staunch supporter of the military. When Jamie wrote this song and we decided to do a video, I told him we can’t do this with Aaron. He was my first call and he said he would be glad to do it. I am so happy to have him here. Aaron has been part of this community for many years and I am so thankful he took time out of his busy schedule to be part of this video shoot with these gentlemen and to help us say thank you and pay homage to them for what they have done for the freedoms that we have. This is such a huge blessing and we are so thankful to Aaron and all of them,” said Vincent.
Local veterans to be featured in the Dailey & Vincent “Unsung Heroes” music video are Kenny Bly, Tommy Webb, Donald Gilbert, Paul Robinson, Jerry Lee Cantrell, Edward Frazier, Edsel Frazier, and Alan Stengel. The music video is expected to be released within the next couple of months.
Their newest album, "Patriots & Poets", which features “Unsung Heroes” both builds and expands upon the previous releases of Dailey & Vincent, offering good hard-driving bluegrass alongside polished acoustic country tracks and it includes collaborations with Steve Martin, Doyle Lawson, TaRanda Greene, David Rawlings, and Bela Fleck.
Grand Ole Opry members, five-time GRAMMY award winners individually, three-time GRAMMY award nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA Awards altogether (including 3-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award winners and 3-Time Vocal Group of the Year Award winners), Dailey & Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on tour today, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music; bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. They have garnered world-wide attention with their first national, top-rated television series, “The Dailey & Vincent Show,” on RFD TV and over 500 airings of their PBS special “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE – In Concert.” Their CD, Dailey & Vincent ALIVE, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and remained at the top position for over 15 weeks.