All American Bluegrass Girl

All American Bluegrass Girl

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by Rhonda Vincent
     
 

If Rhonda Vincent's visual style tends to get more sultry with each new release, her music remains all substance -- the same raw, fundamental bluegrass that’s made her a giant of the genre. As usual, instrumental support is provided by the impeccable Rage band, whose members demonstrate a wonderful sense of the moment, whether it requires the full-on instrumental… See more details below

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If Rhonda Vincent's visual style tends to get more sultry with each new release, her music remains all substance -- the same raw, fundamental bluegrass that’s made her a giant of the genre. As usual, instrumental support is provided by the impeccable Rage band, whose members demonstrate a wonderful sense of the moment, whether it requires the full-on instrumental dynamism of the title cut (a Vincent original in which she celebrates the music and the artists who have defined her professional life) or more restrained, sensitive support, as on the touching ballad about a deceased loved one’s ascension to Heaven, “Prettiest Flower There.” Vincent’s singing remains one of contemporary music’s natural wonders, both for its clear, pure mountain soul and its dramatic expressiveness. Dolly Parton adds aching harmonies to the bustling cheatin’ song “Heartbreaker’s Alibi,” but Vincent’s restrained fury at catching her beau in the arms of another woman needs no help in evoking the searing betrayal the singer feels to her core. By contrast, her self-penned tribute to rank-and-file G.I.’s, “God Bless the Soldier,” avoids the maudlin by dint of an unadorned reading that enhances the humanity of the men and women in uniform extolled in the lyrics. Extra icing is added by guest Bobby Osborne’s keening, wrenching vocal turn on a mountain ballad about a wayward woman, “Midnight Angel,” and Vincent’s own tasty mandolin workout to her original instrumental “Ashes of St. Augustine.” If this is what happens when style meets substance, then play on, please.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Rhonda Vincent has stuck closer to tradition than Alison Krauss over the long run, and with a title like All American Bluegrass Girl, she seems quite happy to have done so. She remembers to touch all the right bases, covering religious material like "Jesus Built a Bridge to Heaven," closing with Roy Acuff's "Precious Jewel," and even dueting with Dolly Parton on "Heartbreaker's Alibi," and Bobby Osborne on "Midnight Angel." At the same time, songs like "Forever Ain't That Long Anymore" and "God Bless the Soldier," while built out of acoustic instruments, sound much more contemporary and radio-friendly. The latter song, a Vincent original, veers much closer to contemporary country than bluegrass, complete with unabashed (and cloying) patriotism. "Till They Come Home" is perhaps worse, with successive citizens happily leaving their significant other to fight for World War II, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. These songs are nonetheless partially redeemed by recognizing that women, like men, also serve in the military. Whatever the material, the musicianship on All American Bluegrass Girl is exceptional. Fiddler Stuart Duncan really gets a chance to stand out on ballads like the "Prettiest Flower There," while guitarist Bryan Sutton's workout on "Jesus Built a Bridge to Heaven" is phenomenal. While some listeners may be a bit perplexed by Vincent's glamour shot on the album's cover (complete with go-go boots), All American Bluegrass Girl delivers solid mainstream bluegrass that will please fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2006
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661058026
catalogNumber:
610580

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rhonda Vincent   Primary Artist,Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dolly Parton   Background Vocals
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Kevin Grantt   Acoustic Bass
Bobby Osborne   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Tom Roady   Percussion
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Charlie Cushman   Banjo
Darrin Vincent   Acoustic Bass,Vocal Harmony
Cody Kilby   Acoustic Guitar
Randy Kohrs   Guitar (Resonator)
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Archguitar
Aaron Minick   Box
Josh Williams & High Gear   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Andy Leftwich   Mandolin
Hunter Berry   Fiddle
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Rhonda Vincent   Composer,Producer
Roy Acuff   Composer
Glen Duncan   Composer
Gregory Cole   Contributor
Pete Goble   Composer
Bobby Osborne   Composer
Wayne Southards   Composer
Darrin Vincent   Producer
Mike Dekle   Composer
Byron Hill   Composer
Brian Vincent   Composer
Michael Latterell   Engineer

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