October 3, 2008
Dailey and Vincent Begin Cross-Country Segway Journey to Promote Metrosexual Awareness
[THIS JUST IN: DAILEY AND VINCENT SWEEP 2008 IBMA AWARDS WINNING ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR, ALBUM OF THE YEAR, VOCAL GROUP, EMERGING ARTIST AND GOSPEL RECORDED PERFORMANCE.]
NASHVILLE — Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, the silken-voiced duo known for touching sensitivity, flawless coiffure, fashion-mindedness and a socially progressive agenda, have embarked on a trans-American road trip and concert tour to promote metrosexual awareness, especially in rural states with very few openly metrosexual males.
“Metrosexuality is not a crime, and there’s no need for us or anyone like us to be living with the slightest amount of shame,” said Vincent. “Not in New York, not in Nashville, and certainly not in rural America.”
“We can use our music to deeply connect with people who’ve never even seen a real metrosexual before,” said Vincent.
“Those bonds, those connections, do so much to break down stereotypes and promote genuine understanding among different types of people,” said Vincent, who also plays mandolin, guitar, and upright bass.
“I’m so happy that two such gifted performers are out there getting this discourse started,” said Dobro player and renowned metrosexual Jerry Douglas, whose 1989 decision to wear an earring was a watershed moment in the history of bluegrass metrosexuality.
A metrosexual is loosely defined as a heterosexual urban man with an uncommonly high concern for personal appearance, emotions, fitness and fashion. The term first arose in the 1990’s to describe various male celebrities such as Brad Pitt, David Beckham, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who embraced their feminine sides without reorienting themselves sexually.
As metrosexuality has spread through urban centers from Los Angeles to Nashville, it has failed to gain acceptance in many conservative rural strongholds, becoming a flashpoint in a nationwide culture war.
According to the band’s management team, Dailey and Vincent plan to bridge the cultural gap with the universal appeal of their rootsy music, which they also hope will dispel several myths about metrosexuals.
“For example, a lot of people from the country assume that metrosexual men can’t possibly be religious,” said Dailey. “But when they hear us play “By The Mark”, they know that we believe the same things they do, very deep down.”
“Likewise, some people think that just because we use a little product in our hair and maybe get the occasional pedicure, we couldn’t possibly play really hardcore traditional bluegrass,” said Dailey.
“To which I say two words: ‘Sweet Carrie’.”
The duo will travel by Segway, the two-wheeled, computer-stabilized transportation apparatus that revolutionized urban life forever when it was introduced near the end of the last millennium.
The Dailey and Vincent tour, which begins in Nashville, will traverse the entire country for at least one year with stops as far-flung as Lake Havasu City, AZ, and Berryville, VA.
Said Dailey and Vincent’s management, “It’s time to get the word out, people, so Dailey and Vincent are rolling your way.”