Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
Most decorated bluegrass artist ever.
Friday, March 1, 2019
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For country and bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent, music has always been a way of life.
As a native of Greentop, Mo., Vincent was born into a musical family and grew up in a home that hosted nightly music jams. Her father, Johnny Vincent, was a highly accomplished musician who passed not only his love of traditional music, but also his talent, on to his children. He even formed formed a family band – The Sally Mountain Show – in 1967 when Rhonda was 5 years old. They performed on local television and radio, and recorded their first album in 1968.
Rhonda is recognized as a fine singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist on mandolin, fiddle and guitar. She released her first solo album in 1988 and has since recorded 16 albums. In 2000, she was named “The New Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal.
Her recent album, “Only Me,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts in 2014 and was nominated for a Grammy in the Bluegrass Album of the Year category. Vincent was named the 2015 Entertainer of the Year and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year at the 41st Annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, while she and her band walked away with the title of “Bluegrass Band of the Year.”
Award-winning. Brilliant musician. Vocal powerhouse. Pioneer. Classy. Bluegrass Royalty. Those words could describe none other than the amazing Rhonda Vincent. Born with music in her blood, Vincent’s childhood spent performing with the family’s band, The Sally Mountain Show, laid the groundwork for her incredible career that has spanned over four decades, and the bluegrass icon she has become.
The new project was filmed and recorded live at the Ryman on July 14, 2016, along with bluegrass legends Bobby Osborne, Sonny Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, and Mac Wiseman. It is THE most extensive, expensive, and tedious project I’ve ever put together. I’ve worked on the elements almost continuously for a year. It’s so historic and important, we wanted to be sure every part of it was the best it could be.
The project contains 19 songs and includes multiple collaborations and features from Rhonda Vincent & The Rage. Sonny Osborne joins us on “Mama Tried,” then his brother Bobby joins us on a medley of their famous songs. Jesse McReynolds, Bobby Osborne, and Mac Wideman all do solo performances. We all end up on stage at the end as my dobro player/son-in-law plays the “Dobro Chimes” on a dobro formerly played by “Josh Graves.” It’s a once-in-a-lifetime evening of amazing performances and collection of people that will probably never perform together again.
Once all of the bluegrass legends committed to the performance; we decided it was our duty to capture this on film and recording. I’m SO glad we did. Eddie Stubbs was the master of ceremonies. On the DVD & Blu Ray, he introduces each artist by giving their history and accolades and even shares his insight on learning more about bluegrass music.
Speaking of musicianship, you are a master on fiddle, mandolin and guitar: Which is your favorite instrument to play?
I play most any stringed instrument, some better than others. I am most comfortable on mandolin. Dad started me on the fiddle at age 12 and I used to play it every day…
…Now it’s just a few songs here and there, so my fiddling is never what I’d like it to be. It’s the most difficult. I started playing the guitar to write songs. I don’t do much picking on the guitar, just chords, but I recently found guitars that I absolutely love. It makes it a joy when I do a song with just a guitar and vocal.
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be and why?
BLESSED. I am blessed with amazing family and friends, a wonderful life of music that I love, and opportunities that I could never even dream of.
You have one heck of a touring schedule with back-to-back shows in states all over the country! It must be amazing and so fulfilling to perform for and connect with fans all over the US and Canada. Can you tell us more about this?
Performing is my favorite part of the music business. When you come to a Rhonda Vincent & The Rage show, it’s much more than just a concert. We meet and greet after the show with every person and we love to connect on my Facebook page. We have people that travel many miles and come to multiple shows. They become our friends. We get to know them and their families. It’s the people that make the places special.
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