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Artist Profiles: Rhonda Vincent

Rhonda Vincent

Rhonda Vincent was born July 13 1962 in Kirksville, Missouri. Vincent was raised on bluegrass first taking the stage with her family’s band the Sally Mountain Show when she was barely five years old. She started learning mandolin at age eight, which was also when she released her first single, an arrangement of ‘Mule Skinner Blues’ that Vincent still performs.

Learning the nuances of harmony arrangement and stage presence by playing with the Sally Mountain Show throughout her childhood, Vincent grew into a formidable musician (mandolin, fiddle, guitar and most anything else with strings) and a remarkable lead singer able to deliver both overpowering up-tempo numbers and soulful introspective ballads.

Her early bluegrass solo albums led to a Nashville recording contract, and the experience of making her two commercial country efforts taught her essential lessons about the inner workings of the music industry.

Rhonda Vincent – Back Home Again

Vincent triumphantly returned to bluegrass with her 2000 Rounder debut Back Home Again. That same year the bluegrass community welcomed her back with Female Vocalist of the Year honors at the International Bluegrass Music Association (I.B.M.A.) awards ‘ her first of an unprecedented six consecutive wins in that category.
She received the coveted Entertainer of the Year award from I.B.M.A. the following year concurrent with the release of her second Rounder album The Storm Still Rages.

One Step Ahead followed in 2003 and included ‘You Can’t Take It With You When You Go ‘ a top-five video hit on CMT.

Rhonda Vincent – Ragin’ Live

At the same time, Vincent was refining her supporting group the Rage. When the lineup evolved to include guitarist and mandolinist Josh Williams, fiddler Hunter Berry, bassist Mickey Harris and banjo player Kenny Ingram, Rhonda felt the time was right to document the excitement of their live concerts on CD and DVD. Ragin’ Live was released in 2005 and featured a selection of prior instrumental and vocal favorites along with several previously unrecorded songs that found Vincent working with a small string section in a more intimate evocative style.

Ragin’ Live was nominated for a 2005 Best Bluegrass Album Grammy award.

Rhonda Vincent – All American Bluegrass Girl

Her next album was All American Bluegrass Girl (2006) “I did intentionally want to make sure that this album had more of a classic sound,” she said “since we ventured away from that style a little bit on Ragin’ Live. But I always hope to have a good balance of everything ‘ from in-your-face bluegrass to softer acoustic country sounds. I approached this album like I do our live performances and try to have something for everybody.”

Good Thing Going was released in 2008. The twelve tracks included five originals or co-writes along with contemporary and classic cover tracks.

Vincent left Rounder Records and released “Taken” on her own label, Upper Management Music in 2010. “Taken” included special guests like longtime friend Dolly Parton, Richard Marx and Little Roy Lewis.

In 2011, Vincent and celebrated country artist Gene Watson released a duet album titled Your Money and My Good Looks.

Sunday Mornin’ Singin’, an album of old time gospel classics, was released in 2012.

Discography:

New Dreams And Sunshine (Rebel Records, 1988)
A Dream Come True (Rebel Records, 1990)
Bound For Gloryland ‎(Rebel Records, 1991)
Timeless And True Love ‎(Rebel Records, 1991)
Written In The Stars (Giant Records, 1993)
Trouble Free (Giant Records, 1996)
Back Home Again (Rounder Records, 2000)
The Storm Still Rages (Rounder Records, 2001)
One Step Ahead (Rounder Records, 2003)
All American Bluegrass Girl (Rounder Records, 2006)
Beautiful Star : A Christmas Collection (Rounder Records, 2006)
Good Thing Going ‎(Rounder Records, 2008)
Destination Life ‎(Rounder Records, 2009)
Taken (Upper Management Music, 2010)
Your Money And My Good Looks, with Gene Watson (Upper Management Music, 2011)
Sunday Mornin’ Singin’ Live! ‎(Upper Management Music, 2012)
Only Me (Upper Management Music, 2014)
Christmas Time ‎(Upper Management Music, 2015)
American Grandstand, with Daryle Singletary ‎(Upper Management Music, 2017)

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Recording Academy Announces 60th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees for Best Bluegrass Album

Michael Cleveland – Fiddler’s Dream

The Recording Academy announced last night the recordings nominated for Best Bluegrass Album.

Best Bluegrass Album Nominees

Fiddler’s Dream by Michael Cleveland
Laws Of Gravity by The Infamous Stringdusters
Original by Bobby Osborne
Universal Favorite by Noam Pikelny
All The Rage – In Concert Volume One (live) by Rhonda Vincent and The Rage

The GRAMMY Awards will be presented on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, live from Madison Square Garden in New York City and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 7:30 – 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Top American Roots Music Acts at Savannah Music Festival 2018

Savannah Music Festival has announced its 2018 programming. The festival will take place March 29th through April 14th, 2018, at several venues throughout Savannah’s Historic District.

In the American roots area, bluegrass sensations Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and Claire Lynch Band will share the stage on opening night, followed the next day by the Mission Temple Fireworks Revival with Paul Thorn Band and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Songwriter-guitarist Margaret Glaspy is set to perform on a double bill with Argentine composer, singer and guitarist Juana Molina.

Tulsa’s John Moreland will share an alt-country bill with Nashville songwriter and guitarist Aaron Lee Tasjan.

New acoustic music projects include Hawktail and the Savannah Music Festival debut of Kittel & Co., guitarist Tommy Emmanuel plays on a co-bill with Jayme Stone’s Folklife and the original production The Voice is a Traveler features Moira Smiley and Anna & Elizabeth.

 

Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal at Savannah Music Festival 2015 – Photo by Frank Stewart

 

Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal will return to the Lucas stage as a duo and Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives are set to play Ships of the Sea, as do the North Mississippi Allstars.

Recent MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Rhiannon Giddens will present her first theater show at Savannah Music Festival, and Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn return with music from their new album, Echo in the Valley.

For ticket information and the rest of the programming, including classical music, world music, jazz theatrical productions and films go to www.savannahmusicfestival.org.

headline photo: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

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Vincent at Her Prime

Rhonda Vincent - Good Thing Going
Rhonda Vincent – Good Thing Going

Rhonda Vincent

Good Thing Going (Rounder, 2008)

One of the finest bluegrass mandolinists in the United States is musician and songwriter Rhonda Vincent. She is not only a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, but she has an excellent vocal ability as well, with a clearly recognizable style that uses vocal inflections employed by veteran bluegrass and old time singers.

On Good Thing Going, Vincent treats the listener to a delightful collection of American roots music that includes bluegrass,  western swing, and radio friendly country ballads, mixing traditional techniques with modern stylings.

The album features the road band the Rage on several tracks. Vincent also invited several special guests, including Jesse McReynolds (Jim &Jesse), Russell Moore (III Tyme Out), Bryan Sutton, Becky Issacs, Kathy Chiavola and James Stroud. The album was co-produced by Rhonda and her brother Darrin Vincent (of Dailey & Vincent) at Rhonda’s own studio.

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Bluegrass icon Rhonda Vincent Talks with Brad San Martin about Forthcoming Album Good Thing Going

Rhonda Vincent

 

Q: When did this project begin?

Rhonda: I remember the date, it was January 5th of 2007, and I had flown to Portland, Oregon. I was in the hotel, doing my makeup, my husband Herb calls, and we started talking about how he had booked me almost a year now…the first year of dates that he had booked were just starting. We have our bluegrass crews and all these wonderful things; our girls are in school, one in college, and he said “Yeah, we’ve got a good thing going.” When I hung up the phone, I kept on fixing my hair, and said “Hmm, I’d like that for an album title…” because I felt like that’s where I was in my life and my music.

Q: There is a lot more original material on this album than any of your others so far…

Rhonda: That’s true – I have never written five songs to include on an album before!

Q: Which of the originals stand out to you in particular?

Rhonda: “I Give All My Love to You” to me has become the centerpiece of this album. My assistant and dear friend, Julia, was getting married, and I was her wedding planner. She wasn’t finding the song for her wedding, so I started thinking about that after one of our meetings, and went to the back of our Martha White Bluegrass Express bus, and I started writing down what I thought of her and how happy I was for her. Though I originally planned it as a solo performance, as I listened to the tracks I could hear the voice of Russell Moore in my mind. That dream became a reality when Russell joined me to make this song a duet. I feel it is the heart of this project: a special song, written for a special couple, and performed with special friends…

I wrote another song called “Bluegrass Saturday Night.” It’s a tribute to the fans. I debuted it at the Ryman Auditorium during the bluegrass series, and the response was so incredible. I was thinking maybe it will just be this song, not on the album, just a tribute that we do at our shows. But then the next night, we go to a show and already people are requesting it!

Q: This is the second album you’ve recorded at your own studio…how does owning your own recording studio help the creative process?

Rhonda: In most everything that we do, we’re always attempting to create something unique. I think having my own studio gives me the freedom to do that. There’s no longer this time constraint, someone saying “You have to finish this up because we have somebody else coming in.” Most of the time, we have the freedom to create. Some of the musicians that were in the studio were saying, “You’re not just here recording tracks, you’re creating something,” which is good to hear!

Q: Your brother Darrin Vincent – now leading his own band, Dailey & Vincent, on Rounder – has reprised his role as co-producer. What does he bring to the table?

Rhonda: Darrin is involved from the very beginning. He’s a crucial part of the recording. He pretty much oversees everything from day one. He’s playing bass, he sings a lot of the harmony…to me, he may be my brother, but even if he was not my brother, he is the greatest harmony singer that there is. As a producer, he won’t settle for “OK, that’s good enough.” He will never settle for that. It has to be the best you can do.

Q: There are a lot of special guests on this album…how do you know who to invite in?

Rhonda: It’s finding the right person for the song, and that’s really the way that we approach everything. We want the right songs, we want the right musicians, we want the right guests. Something I purposely targeted on this project is to have unique guests, and guests that might not be on every project that you see out here.

Rhonda Vincent

Q: So who are your guests this time out?

Well, in addition to Russell Moore on “I Give All My Love to You,” there are a lot of them! A very special one appears on “The Water is Wide.” You see, I discovered that song through a recording by Karla Bonoff, where she was joined by James Taylor on harmony vocals – it was so beautiful. When I went to record it, I had to think long and hard about who could come and add just the right amount of soul and feeling.

I was honored when Keith Urban volunteered to come in and record with us…his performance is so moving, and really elevates the song to a whole new level. Becky Isaacs came in and sang on “I Will See You Again.” Now, Sonya and Ben, her brother and sister, have sung on a project of mine – they sang on “I’m Not Over You” on The Storm Still Rages. But she and I had never sung together. So I said, “Becky, you’re singing on this one and they’re not!”

Kathy Chiavola…I love her voice, and it’s been years since I’ve had a chance to sing with her. Kathy came in and sang on “Just One of a Kind.” That’s also become just a really special song to me. It was written by Dottie Rambo – she’s a real inspiration. And then we had Kathy and Darrin sing the harmonies, and it has three-part harmony all the way through the song, which is kind of unique. You don’t always have a song like that.

And then we had Jesse McReynolds, a legendary bluegrass figure, come in and play his very unique style of cross-picking. To top it off, we were thinking it needs a pizza box – a little percussion back there. One of the engineers that we were working with suggested James Stroud…He’s a country music mogul – by trade he’s also a drummer, producer, he’s everything in the music business. I said “Do you think he’d come over and play pizza box?” We called and James Stroud came in the studio and he said, “If you’ve got the brushes and the pizza box, I’m there!”

Q: And you allowed your fans to follow the process on your website, right?

Rhonda: Right – something that we did that’s unique for this project is the “Join the Journey” series on our website. It’s been a great thing to bring people into this project and let them see how it’s a step-by-step process. It’s coming upon phase five, but by the time we’re finished, we’ll take you from picking the songs to the very end, to the finished product. We also did a live webcam. We just kicked the camera on one day. I told folks to me that would be as exciting as watching paint dry – but they were really interested in what we were doing!

Q: And, of course, the Rage are featured on some cuts…how long have these guys been with you?

Rhonda: Well, for Mickey, Kenny, and Hunter, this is their sixth season in The Rage. I learned a long time ago that, ultimately, things are going to change at some point. But luckily Mickey, Kenny, and Hunter are hanging in there. I love all those guys, they’re so talented. Just a great bunch of guys. It’s more than just having great musicians, it’s having great people, and I think that’s the key that really makes it work.

We’re in a very small capsule most of the time together, and it’s important to have fun at what we do and to enjoy each other’s company. A lot of people say “What do you do? Do you just sleep? What do you do when you’re on the road?” That’s why “Bluegrass Saturday Night” is very true to life. What do we do? We sit around, we visit, we’ll write songs, tell stories, listen to music. It’s very interactive on and off stage, and I think it’s a wonderful combination!

Interview courtesy of Rounder Records.

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Good Things Going for Rhonda Vincent

Rhonda Vincent

 

Rhonda Vincent has a new CD titled Good Thing Going ( Rounder Records) that will be available January 8, 2008. Blending soul, intensity, and tenderness, Rhonda Vincent’s unique brand of bluegrass is rich in tradition while remaining unmistakably modern.

Among the most beloved figures in today’s bluegrass scene, Vincent has earned an unprecedented seven consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, is a top concert and festival draw, and, with her road band The Rage supporting her, is one of the most dynamic and high-energy performers in any genre of music.

Encompassing heartfelt ballads and hard-driving bluegrass, along with dashes of swing and country, Good Thing Going is her most varied, personal, and accomplished album to date. It is also her most joyously uplifting, from the celebratory, autobiographical title track to the touchingly heartfelt “I Give All My Love To You.”

Special guests include Keith Urban, Jesse McReynolds, Russell Moore, Bryan Sutton, Becky Isaacs-Bowman, Stuart Duncan, Kathy Chiavola, Andy Hall, and more.

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Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Ragin’ Live CD & DVD

Rhonda Vincent – Ragin’ Live

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA – Recorded before a rapturous audience at The Sheldon Concert Hall in her native state of Missouri, Ragin’ Live (Rounder Records) captures bluegrass sensation Rhonda Vincent and her band The Rage at their dynamic, full-throttle best.

The recipient of an unprecedented five consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, Vincent makes music sparkling with hard-driving instrumental breaks, soaring vocal harmonies, and a heartfelt intensity that is entirely her own.

Featured throughout, the members of The Rage prove themselves to be one of the best supporting bands in bluegrass, matching Rhonda’s vigor and pushing her to dazzling new heights.

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