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Posted January 15, 2013
As many of us in the bluegrass world know, Rhonda Vincent is the
As many of us in the bluegrass world know, Rhonda Vincent is the "queen of bluegrass." While listening release it becomes very obvious why she was given her title. Her vocals are absolutely flawless along with her band, the Rage who are extremely impeccable with their performance. From the opening notes of "Kentucky Borderline" to the slow numbers such as "Missouri Moon," it is very clear that she knows how to keep the attention of the audience. Particular standouts on this album are the quartet version of the Flatt & Scruggs number "So Happy I'll Be" featuring Rhonda along with bandmembers Josh Williams, Mickey Harris, and Kenny Ingram. Kenny does an astounding job on his guitar solo on this song and it really will remind listeners of the original late 1940s recording on Mercury Records. Another great selection is "One Step Ahead of the Blues" featuring Rhonda and daughter Sally Sandker. This song really is able to showcase the fine mother-daughter duet singing and definetely deserves to be listened to. Finally one particular number that will always stand out to me is "I've Forgotten You." This is mainly due to Josh William's incredible mandolin playing on this number simply because he is playing in a style that few can achieve which is crosspicking. It is also stellar in the sense that it really showcases his versatility as well. Overall this is a fantastic live album and I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a teriffic live bluegrass recording to add to their music collection.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 22, 2011
Crown Princess of Bluegrass
If Alison Krauss is the queen of bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent is the crown princess.Vincent and the Rage shine on this 71 minute concert CD.I think that she is a bit less pop than AK and a bit more intense and up-tempo. My favorite number is her cover of Dolly Parton's Jolene. I also note she gives less time to her band members than Krauss does, although they are not the stars that several players in Union Station are. If you like live bluegrass, this belongs in your collection.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
An Unforgettable Performance
Rhonda Vincent does everything right here. It's a flawless performance delivered to a rapturous audience by one of the great contemporary figures in Bluegrass or Country music; it is in fact one of the half dozen or so best live performances I've heard in any genre. She brings a voice to the proceedings that some other singers may wish they had, big and powerful when she needs it as when she and her band pound out the rhythms in songs like "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin" or ""One Step Ahead of the Blues" (the latter with her daughter singing harmony), along with the ability and discipline to place some of that power in reserve in quieter numbers where some of the emotion comes from the strength of understatement. She nails the signature Bluegrass harmonies of "Kentucky Borderline" and "Bluegrass Express" with a voice that adds a little cutting edge to a traditional sound we listen for. She can also modulate down for a wistful reading of "Ghost of a Chance" and move on to a delicate and joyful "So Happy I'll Be" and a witty engaging throwaway of "The Martha White Theme" that Garrison Keillor might appreciate. She is generous and supportive to her band and her guests---a quality that is both endearing and classy. When she sings backup for the band members she sings her heart out for them. And the band is excellent. They lay down a heavy bass line on a lot of the numbers which is one of the signatures of her music. This is a still young woman---perfecting her artistry as we listen to each new performance, although even today I think she already stands with the great ones. We are fortunate that there is more to come. I am looking forward to seeing a concert performance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.