The venue drips with history, but for large parts of Wednesday, the Country Music Hall of Fame was filled with laughter. Dailey & Vincent performed a half dozen songs from their new Cracker Barrel album Dailey & Vincent Sing The Statler Brothers. The Statlers themselves were on hand for the event, and the quartet’s unrelenting humor launched Darrin Vincent into high-pitched yelps of laughter.
A sample of the one-liners between Statler members — and real-life brothers — Harold and Don Reid:
Don: “[Humor] was very much a major part of our career. We always included humor on stage because we had Harold, and people were gonna laugh when they see him.”
Harold: “I don’t know if people are laughin’ at me or with me. I never did figure that one out.”
Don: “But we intertwined that with the music, which was also funny sometimes, until [Dailey & Vincent] got a hold of it and made it serious.”
Harold: “Now we’re gonna have to get a hold of it and make it funny again.”
The support for D&V is serious. The turn-out for the performance — which included such Statler classics as “I’ll Go To My Grave Loving You,” “Flowers On The Wall” and “The Class Of ‘57” — included Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Oak Ridge Boys Duane Allen and Joe Bonsall, Hall of Famer Ralph Emery, gospel icon Bill Gaither and bluegrass players Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury and Ronnie Bowman.