Smithville's own Darrin Vincent of the award winning bluegrass group, Dailey and Vincent, received the Fiddler's Jamboree's first ever Blue Blaze Award on Saturday.
The award was presented to Vincent by Shan Burklow of the Jamboree Marketing Committee and Alexis Grace Atnip, Miss Jamboree pageant 2nd alternate. Members of Vincent's family joined him in receiving the award.
The Jamboree Blue Blaze Award is presented to recognize a musician who is actively cultivating a love of bluegrass music. Vincent has five grammy awards and eight IBMA awards to his credit.
“We are honored to present our first Jamboree Blue Blaze Award to Smithville local, Darrin Vincent. Darrin lives up to the core purpose of the award which is to ‘Keep the embers of bluegrass music burning for future generations,’ said Burklow. “Darrin is a talented musician and a generous, kind-hearted person. We are blessed to have Darrin and his family as a part of DeKalb County.”
Darrin Vincent started singing at age three and playing music at age six as part of his family band, The Sally Mountain Show, along with sister Rhonda Vincent. As a member of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for more than 10 years, Darrin has won five Grammy Awards and eight IBMA Awards for Instrumental Group of the Year. He has performance and recording credits with dozens of artists including Dolly Parton, Nora Jones, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, Bruce Hornsby, Vince Gill, John Hartford, and many more. As well as producer credits on Grammy nominated projects with Rhonda Vincent, Susie Luchsinger, Cherry Holmes and Hunter Berry. He is an accomplished musician and vocalist with expert abilities to arrange and create captivating music.