The award winning bluegrass group Dailey and Vincent has premiered a new music video from their stellar eighth album Patriots and Poets and the multi-instrumentalists are giving fans a deeper look at the inspiration behind their song “Unsung Heroes.”
The video features real-life veterans and first responders, an important reminder that kindness and selflessness are still a familiar scene across the country and reflected in those we encounter every day.
Local fans of Dailey and Vincent will take a special interest in this video because it includes appearances by several people from DeKalb County including Edward and Edsel Frazier, Jerry Lee Cantrell, Tommy Webb, Smithville Fire Chief Charlie Parker, Smithville Fire Lieutenant John Poss, Smithville Police Officer Brandon Donnell, THP Sergeant Charlie and Rhonda Caplinger, Kenny Bly, Donald Gilbert, Paul Robinson, Alan Stengel, Donnie and Kathy Kelly, Valeshia Pedigo, members of Vincent's family, among others. A large portion of the video shoot took place downtown Smithville in August.
Written by Jamie Dailey, Bill Anderson and Jimmy Fortune, “Unsung Heroes” shines a light on everyday acts of courage and love by those who serve the public. In the wake of the hurricanes that wreaked havoc on Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the terrible tragedy in Las Vegas last week, the video offers a message of hope.
Directed by Jennifer Bonior, the video was filmed in Darrin Vincent’s hometown of Smithville, Tenn. and features a cameo from country star Aaron Tippin.
Jamie Dailey says it’s important not to lose sight of all the good being done across the country in these trying times.
“It’s easy to look at these events and lose hope,” said Dailey. “But in the midst of the horror, strangers began reaching out to one another to help. In areas hit hard by hurricanes, volunteers came in droves to help the cleanup and the rebuilding of lives. In Las Vegas, during the shooting, there are countless stories of strangers risking their own lives to save others. Some people stood in line for 3 — 4 hours to donate blood. These people did this with no thought except helping one another. They didn’t even expect a thank you. These are our everyday angels. They are unsung heroes.”
Darrin Vincent says he witnesses these acts of kindness and the impact they have everyday.
“I live in a small community in Tennessee, and I see it all the time,” Vincent says. “People who are suffering one way or the other are raised up by their neighbors who give their time and energy and sometimes money, just to help. It’s really remarkable how the smallest thing can mean so very much to someone in need. We all have the chance to be one of these heroes.”
Patriots and Poets, released in March, features appearances by Steve Martin, Bela Fleck, David Rawlings and Doyle Lawson, among others. Dailey and Vincent are currently on tour across the U.S.