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The "Queen of Bluegrass" Rhonda Vincent & The Rage performed at the 12th Annual Pickin' In The Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival, in Flagstaff, Arizona on September 16-17, 2017.
On Sunday, Rhonda performed a set filled with inspirational gospel music. It felt like being in church listening to such great uplifting music. Rhonda and her band The Rage are all so talented. Vincent has a beautiful voice and along with the harmonies of The Rage, it was awesome. Vincent sure showed off her mandolin skills. She is fantastic! Vincent had the audience clapping along with her music, and laughing too when Vincent did a great job doing the hula-hoop. She also had a young lady join her on stage to sing with her, that she met at the festival the prior evening. It was a precious moment in the show.
Vincent put on a wonderful show with a lot of fantastic music. I'm a bigger fan now more than ever before!
After her performance, Vincent came out and visited with the fans. She is so sweet and kind to take the time to meet her fans.
Check out her calendar of shows coming up that are listed below, and go see her when you get the chance. She is awesome!
Now I know why they call Rhonda Vincent the "Queen of Bluegrass"! She truly is!
The venue where the concert was held, Fort Tuthill Fairgrounds Amphitheater, had a beautiful setting of pine trees and mountains. Just gorgeous.
Don't miss next years Pickin' In The Pines! For information about the festival, go to www.pickininthepines.org.
More on Rhonda:
In 2000, The Wall Street Journal proclaimed Rhonda Vincent "the new Queen of Bluegrass".Rhonda Lea Vincent was born in Kirksville, Missouri, on July 13, 1962, and raised in nearby Greentop, Missouri. She is the oldest of three children, and the only daughter of Johnny and Carolyn Vincent. Her brother Darrin is a member of the Grammy Award-winning bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent. Her youngest brother Brian played with the family group for many years but no longer works as a professional musician. A fifth-generation musician, Rhonda's musical career started at age five, when she sang gospel songs with her family's band, which was later known as the "Sally Mountain Show". Her father bought her a snare drum for her sixth birthday. At age eight, Vincent started playing mandolin. She soon excelled and began guitar lessons at ten years old. She later added fiddle to her list of instruments. In an interview with Ingrams magazine she said, "Dad used to pick me up after school, and Grandpa would come over and we played until after dinner almost every night. There wasn’t a lot going on in Greentop, but it was always hopping at the Vincent house." Vincent recorded her first single, a version of "Mule Skinner Blues", in 1970. The family, including the younger brothers when they were old enough to play instruments, traveled and performed extensively across the Midwest in the 1970s and early 1980s. Except for living in Texas for a short time in 1974, and two summers (1977, 1978) spent employed as musicians at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, the Vincent family used the Greentop area as home base. The Vincent children all attended Schuyler County R-1 schools, and following high school Vincent later attended Northeast Missouri State University, majoring in accounting.
Even while Vincent was still performing regularly with the Sally Mountain Show, she released her first solo album New Dreams and Sunshine in 1988. In 1985, Vincent had competed in the TV series You Can Be a Star on the original version of The Nashville Network. After winning the competition, she was signed to a recording contract; her first professional performance was with country singer and Grand Ole Opry star Jim Ed Brown. In the 1990s Vincent branched out into mainstream country music, releasing a pair of albums on the Giant Records label, but did not have success there.
With the release of her album Back Home Again in 2000, Vincent returned to bluegrass with the goal of expanding both the musical reach and the accessibility of the genre. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) accorded her its Female Vocalist of the Year award for the years 2000 - 2006, plus IBMA Entertainer of the Year in 2001. The Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) designated her its Entertainer of the Year for 2002 - 2006 inclusive. She also performs with her band, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage.
On February 19, 2010, Vincent parted from Rounder Records, after ten years with the label. Vincent released "Taken", her debut album on her own label Upper Management Music on September 21, 2010. Featuring special guests like long-time friend Dolly Parton, Richard Marx and Little Roy Lewis, the album entered the Top Bluegrass Albums chart at No. 1.
On June 7, 2011, Vincent and country legend Gene Watson released a duet album on Upper Management entitled Your Money and My Good Looks. The album entered the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums chart at number 71.
Sunday Mornin' Singin', an album of old-time gospel standards, was released on July 10, 2012.
On April 1, 2017 Vincent's duet with a fellow country singer Richard Lynch was released as a track on Lynch's album "Mending Fences".
During an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on April 27, Vincent announced that she and Daryle Singletary had spent the previous months recording a duets album, with further details to follow during CMA week. She then introduced Singletary and the two performed "Golden Ring" and an original song titled "We Could Be One".
In a 2011 interview with television station KTVO Vincent announced that she and her band had recently filmed a live all-gospel DVD at a church in her hometown of Greentop, Missouri. The DVD was expected to be released sometime in 2012.
In 2008 Vincent's band performed at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario, at a concert organized by the Thames Valley Bluegrass Association.
Vincent married Herb Sandker on Christmas Eve, 1983. While it might have been more convenient to be based out of someplace like Nashville, Vincent chose to remain close to her Missouri roots: "My husband and I made the decision early on. I loved being in my home area. My parents are there, our relatives are there. We wanted to raise our children there. So I made the decision to commute." For a period of time in the late 1990s and early 2000s Vincent and Sandker owned and Sandker managed a popular restaurant in Kirksville, Missouri, called "Bogies".
On June 8, 2010, Vincent's daughter Sally wed her mother's fiddle player, Hunter Berry, in Greentop, Missouri, after an eight-year relationship with him. Sally and her younger sister Tensel have since performed with their mother and with Berry, and have begun their own group named Next Best Thing.
Since 1987 Rhonda and the entire Vincent family have hosted a large yearly bluegrass festival on land just west of Queen City, Missouri. The Sally Mountain Bluegrass Festival is traditionally held around the 4th of July and attracts music fans from across the U.S. and the world.
A firecracker of talent that powers one of the hottest shows in any genre of music!
World Class Musicians, and an Award Winning Voice seamlessly set the stage for a breath-taking, one-of-a-kind, must-see performance; that reaches beyond the boundaries of bluegrass music!
Written words can give you but a glimpse of the artist known as The Queen of Bluegrass, as deemed by the Wall Street Journal. But it’s only when you see this artist, that you can feel the energy and experience the excitement of her music, to truly know why she and her amazing band are the “Most Award Winning Band in Bluegrass Music History, with over 100 awards!”
Breaking a stereotypical image, Rhonda Vincent takes the stage in designer gowns, stiletto heels, in a take-charge manner, far from the type set that Hollywood has portrayed as the image of acoustic music.
“We’re changing the landscape of our music in many aspects; to show we are sophisticated, educated, and hold a deep respect for the tradition of our music, keeping the roots embedded within the perimeters of our songs, to create a balance of tradition mixed with a contemporary flare, and present our own unique brand of music,” Rhonda explains.
“We want our listeners to hear with their hearts,” says Rhonda. “Music is a business, but I hope we don’t let it show that much,” she continues, “The business part is a necessity; but most of all it’s the love of the music, that keeps us doing what we do!”
Rhonda Vincent makes having a successful career look easy. Behind the scenes, she’s a savvy businesswoman with a tireless work ethic. At center stage, she makes a magical transformation to wow her audiences, with a fresh cover girl face, and complimentary curves; all while showing off her chops as the genre’s finest vocalist, and playing break-neck riffs on the mandolin.
The Voice of Rhonda Vincent is the centerpiece, surrounded by the rhythms of each instrument; featuring the individual styles of the world class musicians that collectively make up The Rage. Their talent is unmatched. Each and every member can sing every part, and play every instrument. Their depth of skill sets the stage for the highest level of professionalism in every performance.
Reaching beyond the boundaries of bluegrass music……
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage are one of the HOTTEST TICKETS in any genre of music!
HUNTER BERRY is known far and wide as an award winning, top rated fiddle player. Bar none, he is known as the best of the best! His mischievous personality keeps anyone who knows him, on their toes; a trait he clearly inherited from his mother, Sherry Berry. He's never known a stranger; striking up a conversation with most anyone; anywhere in the world! Hunter loves people, and they love him back. Though the fiddle is his main stay; he can play anything. His mandolin style is unique; and he has that special touch on any instrument he plays; from the guitar to the autoharp. It was years after he joined The Rage, that we discovered his vocal virtuosity. Hunter can sing any part, just as he plays any instrument. This versatility in music, voice, and song, along with his spontaneous improv, make every show exciting and unique. He's one of a kind in talent and personality. He's the senior member of The Rage, not in age, but in longevity. Joined January 1, 2002.
BRENT BURKE is one of the greatest dobro players in the world of music! His maturity as a player far exceeds his young age. Born and raised in Pell City, Alabama; his grandfather fixed up a old guitar for Brent to play as a dobro. Brent excelled on the instrument, and soon he received his first real resophonic guitar. He was so proud, he kept the instrument by his bedside, playing it first thing in the morning, and the last thing at night. It was obvious he had a special talent for this unique instrument that some referred to as a Hawaiian guitar. His talent was especially obvious to those who would see Brent perform with his family band; which consisted of his siblings and grandpa John. Brent is also an accomplished singer. He perfected his vocals and instrumentation during his college years at East Tennessee State University. He made History when he became the first person to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music. He joined The Rage after graduating, and now lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Tensel and labradoodle named Oliver. Brent is the first dobro player to join The Rage, Joined January 1, 2012.
MICKEY HARRIS has emerged as one of the most sought after musicians in bluegrass music! His skill set reaches far beyond his musicianship. He is accomplished on many different instruments, and his keen ear allows him to sing any vocal part, as presented for 13 years as a member of The Rage. He grew up in a musical family around the Nashville, TN area. Murfreesboro, TN is his hometown. Mickey is steeped rich in musical heritage, performing on his Uncle Carl Tipton's TV Show, which was a popular stop for Grand Ole Opry Stars. Mickey grew up watching, listening, and learning from his family; his Aunt Sophie and Grandma Louise providing a constant environment of musical influence, as they nurtured his talents with the love of family.
Mickey's grandfather played the dobro, and that's the instrument Mickey started on at only 5 years old. Then at the age of 9, when his grandfather needed a bass player for his band, he started playing electric bass. He moved to the upright bass when he was tall enough and strong enough to pull tone from the large instrument, when he was 12. His vast repertoire is derived from the roots of country music, bluegrass, and beyond. Mickey knows thousands of songs, and can easily host his own show with his wide array of songs.
He quickly learned as he began receiving calls as a teenager to join many bands, that the bass was the instrument that would keep him employed as a musician. Mickey is one of the most talented people I've ever known. He can run a back hoe, or drive anything from a motor coach to a dump truck. He's also an inventor, and his mind is a constant trouble shooter; pointing out the obvious long before anyone else can see it. Mickey's talents are limitless. He's been our Hero on many occasions; saving us from many break downs. We are fortunate to have him as a veteran member of The Rage! Joined July 13, 2002.
AARON MCDARIS is one of THE premier banjo players in todays's world of bluegrass music! He possesses a rare intuition of knowing when to play, and how to provide the perfect accent around a singer. Aaron can also step front and center with a driving force, as he displays in a song he wrote titled "All About The Banjo". He is accomplished on many different instruments, but he knew when he first heard a banjo, that it was what he wanted to play professionally. Even through his attendance in college; he yearned to be on the road, performing, and playing bluegrass music. He studied Agricultural Science at Missouri State in Springfield, MO. Aaron always has a smile and quick to offer a kind word; he's a true example of the Godly man his father (a minister) and his mother, (a minister's wife), raised him to be. Born in Hartville, MO, he now lives in the Nashville, TN area with his wife Amy, and two children. I'm thrilled to have such a talented singer, instrumentalist, and positive influence as a member of The Rage! Joined January 1, 2009.
JOSH WILLIAMS is a musician that can be anything he chooses to be! He's led his own band. He's performed with some of the most accomplished musicians in the world, and never failing to equal their talent on whatever instrument he plays. Whether as a solo performer, standing center stage with only his voice and guitar; or as a supporting band member; Josh Williams is as good as it gets! He sings every part, he plays every instrument; and each one equally well. When he first joined The Rage, I watched as he would pick up an instrument, and completely absorb himself in that instrument; bringing out the best of tones and of himself. His path in life has not always been smooth; though he beat the odds and made a miraculous return to The Rage in 2013. Josh is a tremendous asset to any band, and a charmer to all who meet him. I'm so happy to welcome him back, and thank him for sharing his talents as a member of The Rage. Member 2004 - 2007. Rejoined January 2013. Cumulative 7 year member as of 2015.
2017 Rhonda Vincent Tour Schedule:
9/19 Branson, MO - Starlite Theatre w/Larry's Country Diner
9/23 Vine Grove, KY - Vine Grove Bluegrass Music Festival
10/6 Manteo, NC - Bluegrass Island
10/7 Galax, VA - Rex Theater
10/8 Sodus, NY - Sodus High School Auditorium
10/12 Shipshewana, IN - Blue Gate Theater
10/13 Corinth, MS - Tickets 662-664-1836
10/14 Waldron, AR - Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival
10/19 Bremen, GA - Mill Town Music Hall w/Daryle Singletary
10/20 Lafayette, LA - Acadiana Center for the Arts
10/21 Tomball, TX - Main Street Crossing
10/27 Anderson, SC - Anderson Bluegrass Festival
10/28 York, PA - The Praise Center
11/4 Renfro Valley, KY - Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
11/9 Palatka, FL - Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival
11/10 Radford, VA - Little River Bluegrass Barn
11/11 Hopewell, VA - The Beacon Theatre
11/16 Fishersville, VA - America's Music Fest
11/17 Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
11/18 Federalsburg, MD - A. Curtis Andrew Auction Facility
11/25 St. Joseph, MO
11/26 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium w/The Nashville Pops Orchestra
11/29 PRIVATE - NC
1/5 Columbia, SC - Bill's Pickin' Parlor
1/6 Jekyll Island, GA - New Year's Bluegrass Festival
1/13 Perrysburg, OH - Bluegrass in Super Class
1/14 Nelsonville, OH - Stuart's Opera House
1/19 Bloomington, IN - Buskirk-Chumley Theater
1/20 Greenville, OH - Darke County Center for the Arts
1/28-2/4 COUNTRY MUSIC CRUISE - Country's Family Reunion/Larry's Country Diner Cruise
2/9 Ottumwa, IA
2/10 Ft. Smith, AR - Ft. Smith Convention Center
2/15 Palatka, FL - Palatka Bluegrass Festival
2/16 Asheville, NC - Bluegrass First Class
2/17 Hanover, PA - The Eichelberger
2/25 Weirsdale, FL - Orange Blossom Opry
3/3 Fulton, MS
3/9 Red Wing, MN - Sheldon Theater
3/10 Kirksville, MO - Baldwin Hall - Truman University
3/11 St. Cloud, MN - Paramount Center for the Arts
3/17 North East, MD
3/23 Wilmington, OH - Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival
3/24 Decatur, IL - Kirkland Fine Arts Center
4/6 Stoughton, WI - Stoughton Opera House
4/7 Knoxville, IA - Knoxville Performing Arts Center
4/21 Las Vegas, NV - The Smith Center
4/22 Las Vegas, NV - The Smith Center
5/4 Lincolnton, GA - Little Roy & Lizzy Festival
5/5 Ladysmith, VA - Mr. B's Bluegrass Festival
5/10 Branson, MO - Silver Dollar City
5/11 Branson, MO - Silver Dollar City
5/12 Branson, MO - Silver Dollar City
5/13 Branson, MO - Silver Dollar City
5/24 Curryville, MO - Back 40 Bluegrass Park
5/31 Preston, CT - Strawberry Park
6/8 Cherokee, NC - Cherokee Bluegrass Festival
6/9 Hopedale, OH - Mickey's Mountain
6/15 Tottenham, Ontario, CANADA
6/16 Tottenham, Ontario, CANADA
6/17 Chillicothe, OH - Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
6/22 Summersville, WV - Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival
6/23 Tunbridge, VT - Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival
7/4 Queen City, MO - Sally Mountain Bluegrass Festival
7/5 Queen City, MO - Sally Mountain Bluegrass Festival
7/6 Queen City, MO - Sally Mountain Bluegrass Festival
7/7 Queen City, MO - Sally Mountain Bluegrass Festival
7/8 Queen City, MO - Sally Mountain Bluegrass Festival
7/13 Murfreesboro, TN - Uncle Dave Macon Days
7/14 Murfreesboro, TN - Uncle Dave Macon Days
8/17 Marion, NC - NC State Bluegrass Festival
8/18 Salyersville, KY - Magoffin County's 14th Annual Community Day
Dates subject to change. Please call before driving long distances 615-390-5423
For more on Rhonda Vincent, go to her website: www.rhondavincent.com
Thanks For The Music Rhonda!
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