Dailey & Vincent happy to make a difference
In two previous visits to Rector, Darrin Vincent and Jamie Dailey, of the immensely popular and successful bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent, have brought many smiles to the faces of those fortunate enough to see and hear the talented musicians.
While performing before a packed house and a cheering crowd is something the duo always enjoys, making a difference in the lives of others holds a truly special place in their hearts.
Through their efforts, as well as those of other popular artists who have made the Rector High School Helping Hands Foundation benefit concerts series a staggering success, Dailey & Vincent have made life brighter for local students in need.
"The benefit, to me personally, is knowing you're making a difference in children's lives," Vincent said. "I've been blessed, and Jamie has, too, to be able to do what we love. We feel like we've been given this wonderful gift and the least we can do is try to use that to help others."
Dailey & Vincent will make their third appearance in Rector at a Thursday, May 3, concert, again benefiting the Helping Hands Foundation, which, in addition to scholarships, provides assistance in many ways to disadvantaged local students.
Their performances, wildly popular with crowds in their first two visits to Rector and as part of a lineup of legendary performers for last year's first Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, have been a vital part in creating numerous scholarships which have helped RHS seniors continue their education.
"That's tremendous," Vincent said of the organization's efforts and results. "That's truly making a difference in someone's life."
Dailey & Vincent and other noted artists, including Lonestar lead singer Richie McDonald, gospel greats Mark Lowry, Guy Penrod, Russ Taff, Jason Crabb and many others, appear in Rector through their connection with Rector native Bill Carter, a Nashville music producer who has long been associated with many top Nashville musicians, as well as the Gaither Homecoming series.
Carter founded the Helping Hands Foundation in 2006 along with Rector native Maj. Gen. (U.S. Army, retired) George Barker of New York. Since that time the Foundation and the concerts which help fund its work have become widely recognized and have earned the support of individuals and businesses across Arkansas.
The Foundation's newest board members are Kirkley Thomas of Little Rock, manager of economic development for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, and Niel Crowson of Jonesboro, a Rector native who is the longtime president and CEO of Barton and Company.
"Making a difference" is something with which Dailey & Vincent have much experience. Following their involvement in the 2009 benefit event in Rector, the duo started the Dailey and Vincent Helping Hands Foundation in their homes of Dekalb and Jackson Counties in Tennessee. This past year, the group helped fund eight scholarships for underprivileged students, in addition to paying dental expenses, purchasing food for families in need and assisting with energy costs for homes with emergency medical equipment in use.
"To be a part of that is very humbling," Vincent said. "When we saw what Bill Carter and everyone was able to do in Rector, we thought it was amazing and wanted to do something like it. Seeing everyone in Rector coming together like that really touched us."
The group's effort in helping others is even more amazing considering the hectic schedule they keep. In addition to a full calendar of performances, they also have been busy in the studio. Their most recent release "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent," is the Billboard's number one bluegrass album.
The album is the second collaboration of the group with Cracker Barrel, which released the popular collection through its stores and website. Last year's release "Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers" debuted atop the bluegrass chart, in addition to reaching number 19 on the country charts.
At this year's Rector concert, Dailey & Vincent will join Grammy winner Jason Crabb and country and gospel legend Jimmy Fortune of the beloved Statler Brothers.
"This is going to be a great show," Vincent said. "I think the people of Rector are getting ready for a great night of music, fun and helping an outstanding cause.
"Jason Crabb is an outstanding performer. Once you hear him sing, there's really nothing left to say. He's got an amazing voice. He's one of the best performers out there today.
"Jimmy Fortune has such a legacy with the Statler Brothers and the Country Music Hall of Fame. He's such a talented singer and songwriter. I'm happy to say that he's a friend of mine."
Vincent says coming back to Rector has a feeling which few events bring for the artists.
"Being a part of something like this is incredible. Jamie and I have talked about it since that first concert -- there's just something about being at a Helping Hands show which goes beyond just the music and the crowd. There's a sense of community and working together that makes it truly special. We absolutely love being a part of that and feel blessed to be coming back."
Reserved VIP floor tickets at $100 each include padded seats and a meet-and-greet with the artists. General admission tickets include stadium seating at $25 and bleacher seating at $10 each. Those who purchase 10 tickets get two free (all 10 must be purchased in the same section and the two free tickets will be given in the purchased section).
Tickets are available for purchase by calling (870) 595-3501 or (870) 595-3563 or by visiting www.RHSHelpingHands.org. Tickets also are available at all Glen Sain Motors locations or at Liberty Bank in Rector.
The event will begin with the meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Helping Hands ambassadors and scholarship recipients will be introduced at 6 p.m., and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.