Ragin' Live

Ragin' Live

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by Rhonda Vincent
     
 

Bluegrass firecracker Rhonda Vincent ups the ante on this live set, which includes 8 new songs among the 21 exemplary cuts. Back home in Missouri, at St. Louis's Sheldon Concert Hall, Vincent ranges across her catalogue, coming out hard and fast with "Kentucky Borderline" and offering up a searing take on Dolly Parton's "Jolene," a spirited reading of "Driving Nails…  See more details below

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Bluegrass firecracker Rhonda Vincent ups the ante on this live set, which includes 8 new songs among the 21 exemplary cuts. Back home in Missouri, at St. Louis's Sheldon Concert Hall, Vincent ranges across her catalogue, coming out hard and fast with "Kentucky Borderline" and offering up a searing take on Dolly Parton's "Jolene," a spirited reading of "Driving Nails in My Coffin," and a touching rendition of an Alison Krauss–style bluegrass tear-jerker, "You Can't Take It with You when You Go," all of which showcase the artist's acumen at spicing up tradition with a contemporary rhythmic thrust and pop-inflected vocals that never lose their backcountry flavor. The newly recorded songs, penned by various members of the Rage, include "Me Too," a brisk instrumental set-to by fiddler Hunter Berry, which features a series of jaw-dropping, fleet-fingered banjo and guitar solos challenging Berry's barn-burning bowing. Another, "I've Forgotten You," a harmony-rich, heart-tugging reminiscence of lost love, spotlights one of Vincent's richest, most moving vocals on record. Buttress all this with some southern gospel quartet sounds (on the new "Son Drop In"), a full-throttle vocal and instrumental workout on Jimmie Rodgers's "Muleskinner Blues," some fanciful country blues ("Heartbreakin' Old Achin' Blues") -- not to mention Vincent's engaging presence as hostess -- and the result is one of the most memorable live albums in recent years.

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This pristinely recorded live album showcases bluegrass sensation Rhonda Vincent and her band, the Rage, in front of a hometown crowd at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, MO. Introduced by veteran bluegrass DJ Hank Janney -- who apparently traveled from Gettysburg, PA, just do the honors -- the band rips straight up into a spirited read of its signature tune, "Kentucky Borderline." And it just goes. With smoking versions of "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin" and "One Step Ahead of the Blues" along with Dolly Parton's "Jolene," Flatt & Scruggs' "So Happy I'll Be," Bobby Osborne's "Bluegrass Express," Jimmie Rodgers' "Muleskinner Blues," and Carl Jackson's "Homecoming," there is plenty of stomp as well as polish on the date. The center section of the gig, reserved for a number of gorgeous, multi-harmony ballads such as the original "Missouri Moon," Jackson's "Ghost of a Chance," and "I've Forgotten You," adds a beautiful dynamic and texture to the proceedings. Elsewhere, individual members of the Rage get to shine as well, such as on the previously unrecorded "Me Too" by Hunter Berry and a Josh Williams-led "Cheatin' Kind of Life," adding to the seemingly limitless reach of Vincent's band. As on her studio offerings, the vocal prowess here is simply breathtaking, and the instrumental acumen shines brightly. By this hearing, this was one memorable evening, and Vincent's fans will be delighted -- and the curious just may be astonished.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2005
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661055322
catalogNumber:
610553
Rank:
14787

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rhonda Vincent   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Musician
Michael Harris   Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Musician,Group Member
John Gardner   Box,Guest Appearance
Josh Williams   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Cody Kilby   Acoustic Guitar,Guest Appearance
Kenny Ingram   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Vocals,Musician,Group Member
Josh Williams & High Gear   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Musician,Group Member
Hunter Berry   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Musician,Group Member
Mickey Harris   Vocals,Double Bass

Technical Credits

Lester Flatt   Composer
Earl Scruggs   Composer
Rhonda Vincent   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Dolly Parton   Composer
Curtis Wright   Composer
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Carl Jackson   Composer
Bobby Osborne   Composer
Angelo Petraglia   Composer
Darrin Vincent   Producer,Audio Production
Brett James   Composer
Kenny Ingram   Composer
Gerald F. "Jerry" Irby   Composer
Steve Leslie   Composer
George Vaughn   Composer
Paul Reuter   Executive Producer
Hunter Berry   Composer
Sarah Lainie Smith   Graphic Design
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Tracy Martinson   Executive Producer
Terry Herd   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
Dave Salley   Digital Editing
Jennifer Strickland   Composer
Hank Williams   Mastering

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Ragin' Live 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
bluegrassreviewer17 More than 1 year ago
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.
glauver More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.