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    Rhonda Vincent

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1The Martha White Theme lyrics
    2A Little At A Time lyrics
    3Eighth Of January lyrics
    4Homecoming lyrics
    5So Happy I'll Be lyrics
    6I've Forgotten You lyrics
    7Fishers of Men lyrics
    8Trouble Free lyrics
    9God Is Watching lyrics
    10Bluegrass Express lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1New Dreams & Sunshine [Rebel] [1991]
    2Timeless and True Love [Rebel] [1991]
    3The Storm Still Rages [Rounder Records] [2001]
    4Back Home Again [Rounder Records] [2000]
    5Written in the Stars [Giant] [1993]
    6My Blue Tears [Rebel] [2002]
    7Bound for Gloryland [Rebel] [1991]
    8Trouble Free [Giant] [1996]
    9One Step Ahead [Rounder Records] [2003]
    10Dream Come True [Rebel] [1990]


    One of the most acclaimed and popular figures on today's bluegrass
    scene, Rhonda Vincent shows no signs of slowing down and taking it
    easy. It's simply not her nature. Relentlessly pushing forward,
    Vincent has built a remarkable career based on equal measures of
    pure, natural talent and tireless dedication. She prides herself on her
    involvement with every facet of her music: she's not only an
    award-winning vocalist - Vincent is a resourceful multi-instrumentalist
    (mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and most anything else with strings),
    heartfelt songwriter, esteemed bandleader, and, as her new
    recordings continue to prove, a producer with the rare gift of
    creating recordings that balance the timeless drive and soul of
    bluegrass with a subtle contemporary elegance. That unique balance
    is audible throughout her thrilling new album, the aptly-titled All
    American Bluegrass Girl, which blends her distinctly modern take
    on bluegrass with classic elements, and features Vincent performing
    alongside members of her fiery road band the Rage, a host of
    top-notch session musicians, and some of the music's legendary
    figures. It is also the first album recorded in her own studio,
    Adventure Studios in Nashville.

    The title track is her story, an original, high-energy crowd-pleasing
    autobiography in song. "I worked hard on it, to make it real and
    true," Vincent explains. "This song became not only the title for
    the album - it set the tone for this project." Not only does the
    patriotism and honesty of the lyric establish a theme that is
    carried throughout All American Bluegrass Girl, but its music
    epitomizes Vincent's surging yet sleek brand of bluegrass that,
    while sounding natural and effortless, is something Rhonda has
    been diligently perfecting pretty much her entire life.

    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 exhilarating, driving
    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 and a
    radiant, captivating lead singer able to deliver both overpowering
    up-tempo numbers and soulful, introspective ballads. Her early
    bluegrass solo albums led to a Nashville deal, and the experience
    of recording her two fine commercial country efforts taught her
    essential lessons about the inner workings of the music industry.
    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 that year's International Bluegrass Music
    Association awards - her first of an unprecedented six
    consecutive wins in that category. She received the coveted
    Entertainer of the Year award from IBMA the following year,
    concurrent with the release of her second Rounder album The
    Storm Still Rages. One Step Ahead followed in 2003, which
    included "You Can't Take It With You When You Go," a top-five
    video hit on CMT.

    All the while, Vincent was refining her supporting group, the Rage.
    When the lineup evolved to include guitarist/mandolinist Josh
    Williams, fiddler Hunter Berry, bassist Mickey Harris, and banjo
    player Kenny Ingram, Rhonda felt the time was right to document
    their storming live concerts as both a CD and DVD. Ragin' Live was
    released in 2005, and boasted a well-chosen selection of prior
    favorites, instrumental and vocal features for members of the
    Rage, and several previously unrecorded songs that found
    Vincent working with a small string section in a more hushed,
    evocative style. The album was nominated for a 2005 Best
    Bluegrass Album Grammy® award. The reflection and preparation
    that went into the creation of Ragin' Live helped set the stage for
    All American Bluegrass Girl. "I did intentionally want to make sure
    that this album had more of a classic sound," she says, "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."

    The twelve tracks that make up All American Bluegrass Girl cover
    a wide range of styles and textures, while maintaining a carefully
    consistent sound. The spry title track moves seamlessly into the
    quietly eloquent, bittersweet "Forever Ain't That Long Anymore."
    For every high-energy bluegrass track, there is something more
    quietly personal, like the beguiling "Prettiest Flower There."
    She continues to find refreshing new dimensions to her music,
    as evidenced by the swinging, bluesy gospel of "Jesus Built a
    Bridge to Heaven." In addition to the strong performances, All
    American Bluegrass Girl is a showcase for Vincent's gift for
    finding new and intriguing songs that fit her emotional style. In
    the course of her travels, she is handed hundreds of cassettes,
    CDs, and lyric sheets. "And," she says sincerely, "I listen to
    them all. The songs I am drawn to many times have the simplest
    of melodies, but also a compelling story. The ones that speak to
    our emotions seem to be the most effective. It's amazing, but
    people seem to want to hear a song that will make them cry."

    While Vincent claims that she is especially excited to discover new
    writers, one of the most encouraging elements of All American
    Bluegrass Girl is her own continuing emergence as a songwriter,
    with the title track, the poetic and moving "God Bless the Soldier,"
    and the nimble instrumental "Ashes of Mount Augustine." Despite
    winning the 2004 Song of the Year award from IBMA for her
    co-composition with Terry Herd, "Kentucky Borderline," Vincent
    admits, "I still don't feel like a true songwriter. Those are the
    people who go to work and write songs every day from 9 to 5.
    I would describe myself more of a person who is inspired on
    occasion to put my feelings on paper and a melody to those
    words. 'God Bless the Soldier' is a good example. I wrote this
    song after a visit to the nation's largest military base in Fort Hood,
    Texas. I was not prepared for the impact that visit would have
    on my life. We visited a military hospital, where we met with
    patients who were active duty soldiers, just back from Iraq. I was
    amazed at how appreciative they were of our visit. Some were just
    out of surgery, others on their way to be discharged from the
    hospital. But all were anxious to see us, and thanked us for taking
    time to see them. I felt it the other way around."

    A striking version of the Roy Acuff classic "Precious Jewel,"
    featuring shared lead vocals from Rhonda, Mickey Harris, and
    Josh Williams of the Rage, is testament to Vincent's foundation
    in traditional country music. A stunning guest appearance by
    Dolly Parton ("Heartbreaker's Alibi") and a duet with bluegrass
    great Bobby Osborne ("Midnight Angel") are indicative of the
    respect felt for Vincent by her both her peers and her idols. "It's
    always sheer delight to be in a room with Dolly," Vincent reflects.
    "She is so easy to work with. What amazes me about her the most
    is that she is an icon and doesn't need anything from anybody, but
    yet is the most down to earth, thoughtful, kind, and giving person
    I know. I admire her so much. And to sing with Bobby Osborne, it
    is such an honor. The Osborne Brothers are the greatest influence
    on my family's music as I was growing up performing in The Sally
    Mountain Show. And that influence is still very prevalent in what
    I do today."

    And what she does today has radio, press, and fans on their feet.
    Nearly two months before the album's release, the title track of All
    American Bluegrass Girl was already charting on the Bluegrass
    Unlimited monthly radio survey. At the 2005 International Bluegrass
    Music Award Show, when most musicians are bringing out their hits
    from the past year, Rhonda - always looking ahead - dazzled the
    audience with the yet-unreleased "Rhythm of the Wheels," since
    included on All American Bluegrass Girl. Thanks to her ongoing
    sponsorship arrangement with longtime bluegrass supporters the
    Martha White Company, Vincent plans to keep pushing, wheeling
    the red, white, and blue Martha White Bluegrass Express bus from
    coast to coast. For Vincent, the greatest reward is to experience
    first hand the connection her music has with audiences. "Just
    recently," Rhonda relates, "I was reminded how powerful this
    music is, no matter how old or young you are. A little girl from
    Missouri came up to me, after hearing 'All American Bluegrass Girl'
    and asked, 'Could I sing your song?' I asked her why, and she
    just said 'Because I'm an All American Bluegrass Girl too!'"

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