T’was 6 Score and 1 year ago to the day that they laid old John C. Dailey down in his grave. The Tombstone read, “Lord, show me grace again.”
To this day you won’t find Dailey in the history books, nor will you hear about his escapades with the law and such nefarious dealins’. I guess he just faded into history like so many before him. But, in certain parts of the country fathers still tell bed time stories to their sons and they always end the same way. “If you messed with John C. Dailey, you better get a gun!”
Dailey never knew his father, he was born in a small town halfway between dead and alive, they now call it New Mexico. As a young man Dailey had a reputation of getting what he wanted and not being afraid of how he was gettin’ it. But he wasn’t all that bad to those that knew him. If you stayed on his good side you didn’t have much to fear from him or any body else for that matter. But like most young men that chose to live by the rules of the west, Dailey ended up on the wrong side of the law and sometimes a gun more often then not and soon there was a good sized bounty on his head.
Soon enough there were wanted signs hanging in every Sherifs Office, Saloon and Barber Shop for miles around. Dailey had to live outside the law and society. He traveled around like a lone tumbleweed, just ahead of the storm that followed behind. When you’re living outside society for too long, your moral compass can get even further off track and before you know it Dailey didn’t know North from South and he just let his pistol guide the way. It was like he was on a runaway train and the devil was the engineer.
Dailey became no stranger to the drink and twofers. He left a trail of blood and tears behind him, a trail that was easy for bounty hunter, Ben Burrows to tack. Burrows later recounted that “it seemed too easy” and thought that “Dailey grew weary of the hunt and couldn’t hang on no more, he just let go.”
Dailey was sentenced by the not so honourable Judge Cartwright, who was known to bend an elbow at the local tavern more often then not. Probably didn’t help Dailey that he had taken the Judge for many a silver dollars back in his card playing days. But that’s neither here nor there I suppose.
Dailey was sentenced to death by hanging, a sentence which he served without complaint. Somehow Dailey seemed to have found peace within himself in those final hours.
The preacher proclaimed to the crowed moments before the trap door opens that, “Dailey has confessed his sins to Jesus” and the “Jesus surely would show Dailey grace one last time.”
GB ROOTS is an Americana, Blues Roots project formed by Vocalist/Bassist-Kirby Green and
Vocalist/Guitarist/Banjoist-David Barber. GB Roots is set to release their 2nd album,
Tumbleweed, which is a contemporary look into the Old West.
Kirby grew up in Salmon Arm, BC and quickly took to music and started playing Bass in the
School Jazz Bands. She then decided to further her music education and moved to Edmonton
where she studied Music at Grant MacEwan University and received two diplomas, the first in
Composition and second in Performance on Bass. Kirby has now won for three consecutive
years in a row, Bass Player of The Year at the British Columbia Country Music Awards.
Kirby was also recently nominated for a JUNO at the 2017 Juno Awards for her work with the
group, The High Bar Gang. Kirby also regularly backs-up Artists such as Barney Bentall, Shari
Ulrich and Aaron Pritchett to name a few.
Dave grew up in Leask SK. Dave’s first instrument was a 5 string banjo. Music took
Dave all over Western Canada performing Bluegrass, Country and Fiddle Music. He soon found
himself hooked on music and wanted to pursue it as a career. When finished high school Dave
moved to Edmonton to pursue an education in Music and studied at Grant MacEwan University
where he graduated with a diploma in Performance on Guitar.
Dave has since been nominated for a Juno at the 2017 Juno Awards for his work with the
group, The High Bar Gang. Dave has also been nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year at
both the Canadian Country Music Awards and The British Columbia Country Music Awards.
David has also been nominated for Guitar Player of The Year at the British Columbia Country
David is also regularly seen backing up artists such as Chad Brownlee and Colin James.
Another feather in the cap for Dave is getting to record the popular banjo hook on 4x Platinum
Selling hit song, TWO HEADS by Coleman Hell.
Kirby and Dave’s paths crossed for the first time in Edmonton as they were both studying
Music at Grant MacEwan University. As well as studying music they were both backing up
artists and making a living as side persons in the Alberta Music Scene. Kirby and Dave decided
they wanted to start a musical project that would allow them to write and perform their own
original music and soon GB Roots was born.
GB Roots then recorded a three songs demo of original music and started performing around
Alberta. They were fortunate enough to be awarded a Rawlco Radio Grant to record a whole
album and they headed to Vancouver to record what would be their first album, The Key. Soon
after recording the album Kirby and Dave decided to move to Vancouver to further their musical
The Key was released to U.S. Blues Radio and both the album and singles made the Roots
Music Report Charts in both the US and Canada. The Key was also nominated for a Western
Canadian Music Award and the song “Swing Low” won Jazz/ Blues Song of the Year at the
Covenant Awards. GB Roots has also been nominated many times at the British Columbia
Country Music Awards.
G.B.R. is now about to release their 2nd album, TUMBLEWEED. The album draws from Kirby
and Dave’s love of Americana and Blues music all while staying true to their small town roots.
The album takes you on a lyrical ride through the “old west” while the instrumentation is alive
with electric guitars and soulful vocals that bring in a Modern Blues/Americana feel.