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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
By now it should be obvious that Rhonda Vincent is simply incapable of making anything but good albums. Even by her own lofty standards, though, Good Thing Going is something special -- a fully realized bluegrass beauty in which all the elements of songwriting, musicianship, arrangements, and production are state of the art and really couldn't be better. One of the album's great strengths is the pronounced sound of Vincent's own voice -- not her distinctive singing voice, mind you (as on the self-penned album opener, "I'm Leaving") but the voice expressed in her five original songs, which reach deep for truths about the game of love. This being a bluegrass album, the ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
By now it should be obvious that Rhonda Vincent is simply incapable of making anything but good albums. Even by her own lofty standards, though, Good Thing Going is something special -- a fully realized bluegrass beauty in which all the elements of songwriting, musicianship, arrangements, and production are state of the art and really couldn't be better. One of the album's great strengths is the pronounced sound of Vincent's own voice -- not her distinctive singing voice, mind you (as on the self-penned album opener, "I'm Leaving") but the voice expressed in her five original songs, which reach deep for truths about the game of love. This being a bluegrass album, the requisite brooding occurs in mid-tempo laments about faithless love ("Scorn of a Lover"), but Vincent seems to know more about the other end of the spectrum, so the heartache is balanced out by gently shuffling, backwoods-style exultations about fidelity and commitment ("Good Thing Going") and a soft, beautiful dobro-and-fiddle-oriented balladic musing on the eternal flame, "I Give All My Love to You," a duet with IIIrd Tyme Out's Russell Moore. With her road band, the Rage, supplemented by the likes of Stewart Duncan on fiddle and Bryan Sutton on guitar, Vincent -- who contributes some hot mandolin solos of her own throughout -- has support of the most exquisite, soulful sort. With all these strengths, she doesn't really need to have Keith Urban sit in, but the country heartthrob does on "The Water Is Wide," adding an evocative, sandpapery vocal to a restrained, spare arrangement -- a nice touch of old-fashioned yearning on the first great album of 2008.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Rhonda Vincent is not only one of modern bluegrass music's most conspicuously talented artists, she is also one of the savviest and cleverest. As an artist she's a triple threat: her voice is sharp, clear, and sweet; she's a fine mandolin player; and she's pretty and not afraid to show a little skin (which guarantees her plenty of attention in the normally rather dowdy and male-oriented bluegrass world). But she has also built a musical niche for herself that sets her apart from the pack without alienating (most) purists: rather than resorting to the time-honored practice of blending bluegrass with pop and rock influences, she tempers her traditional material with elements of modern country and Western swing -- the latter a more unusual stylistic interpolation than you might think (perhaps because swinging jazz rhythms are so foreign to bluegrass, which is usually very rhythmically square). Good Thing Going finds Vincent bringing all of those styles together to create a very solid and enjoyable program. There are a few high-octane barnburners ("I'm Leavin'," "Bluegrass Saturday Night," a roaring version of the Jimmy Martin classic "Hit Parade of Love") and they're all very fun, but the standout tracks are the ones that depart a bit from the standard: the swinging "World's Biggest Fool," the country-folky "I Gotta Start Somewhere" (with drums, yikes), the Eagles-ish "Just One of a Kind," and a sumptuously lovely version of the old Irish song "The Water Is Wide." Her regular band is augmented by a guest list that includes Jesse McReynolds, Russell Moore, and Bryan Sutton, among others, and everything hangs together beautifully. Very highly recommended.
New York Times - Jon Pareles
She is a major star in bluegrass...Get her riled or break her heart, and Rhonda Vincent sings with a sting.
Billboard
[A] picking-bowing-plucking-chopping-harmonizing feast.
Washington Post
Vincent effortlessly flaunts her chops, exploring western swing, traditional bluegrass and songs written with her own pen.
USA Today
This seven-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s top female vocalist award certainly does have a good thing going — several things, in fact, among them the latest in a string of top-notch albums and a band that livens up everything from breakneck breakdowns to string-band swing.

She is a major star in bluegrass...Get her riled or break her heart, and Rhonda Vincent sings with a sting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661059221
  • Catalog Number: 610592
  • Sales rank: 9,198

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rhonda Vincent Primary Artist, Mandolin
Jesse McReynolds Mandolin
Kathy Chiavola Vocal Harmony
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Kevin Grantt Bass
Tom Roady Percussion
Adam Steffey Mandolin
Darrin Vincent Bass, Vocal Harmony
Becky Isaacs Bowman Vocal Harmony
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Ron Stewart Banjo
Russell Moore Vocals
Josh Williams & High Gear Guitar, Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Andy Leftwich Mandolin
Hunter Berry Fiddle, Mandolin
Andy Hall Dobro
Daniel Grindstaff Dojo
Technical Credits
Rhonda Vincent Composer, Producer, Song Notes
Dottie Rambo Composer
Paul Hart Engineer
Jimmy Martin Composer
James Stroud Contributor
Chris Stuart Liner Notes
Darrin Vincent Producer
Drew Bollman Engineer
Ricky Cobble Engineer
Jerry Salley Composer
Keith Urban Duet
Byron Hill Composer
Russell Moore Duet
Traditional Composer
Darrell Hayes Composer
Michael Latterell Engineer
Lisa Shaffer Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rhonda Vincent: All American Bluegrass Girl

    Rhonda Vincent is absolutely amazing. She is the best thing going for bluegrass. Having a woman come out of the dark and into the light of womething that is primarily for men is outstanding. You couldn't ask for a better song writer and artist ingeneral as Rhonda Vincent most of her songs any girl can relate to. She is wonderful and She really does have a &amp quot Good Thing Going&amp quot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Rhonda Vincent starts this project out with her trademark - gutsy, aggressive-hard-driving bluegrass style in the track "I'm Leavin'" that would make some men appear timid. She continues to captivate you with her ability to shift from swift bluegrass to sultry country tracks brimming with emotion that quickly identifies with life in the real world, the good times and the bad, the happiest moments and the sad. "Scorn of a Lover" draws upon the listener to remind them of that classic country sound that country music was intended to portray. "Hit Parade of Love", a long time favorite at shows with the fans of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage is a long-over-due welcome track in the basket of goodies that she brings to the table. "I will See You again" is a song of hope and comfort for those wishing love ones goodbye, if only for a season, and is only enhanced by the back up vocals of Rebecca Isaacs Bowman, and proof of Rhonda's great discernment in guest selection. For those yearning for some tradional Irish seasoning, "The Water is Wide" beautifully done as a duet by Vincent and Country artist guest, Keith Urban, is a sound that one savors and showcases a softer, romantic side of Vincent that prompts the listener to replay again and again. The final Bonus Track, "Bluegrass Saturday Night", reveals Rhonda Vincent's love of the music, the fans, and the whole atmosphere of the Bluegrass festival circuit. Yes variety: from bluegrass / country to gospel / traditional Irish / Celtic, this album delivers variety!

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