Hooked on Bluegrass

Jamie Dailey

My dad had a group and we used to drive back and forth to Kentucky. One of the first groups I heard was Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and it just tore me up. The second group I heard was Larry Sparks and that lonesome voice, then the Bluegrass Cardinals. Then I just stumbled on to everybody else. I said “That’s what I want to play!”

At that time I was seven years old. I had already been singing gospel since I was three. But I guess when the big one hit me is when my dad took me to hear Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. I had never heard anything like that in my life; the vocals, the gospel, and the bluegrass he played. I said “Man I’d love to play for him someday”. I never thought he would ever even know my name. I wound up going to work for him when I was twenty two years old, and stayed with him nine years before starting Daley and Vincent. So playing with Doyle is the only professional gig I have had other than Dailey and Vincent.

(posted 2/8/2010)

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