Storm Still Rages

Storm Still Rages

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by Rhonda Vincent
     
 

The Storm Still Rages is nothing less than bluegrass artistry of the highest caliber. Vincent -- perhaps the most electrifying talent in the field -- and the stellar players in her band, the Rage, attack ballads, breakdowns, and blues with a ferocity born of a deep love of traditional styles and an understanding of their dramatic power. Vincent hammers thatSee more details below

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The Storm Still Rages is nothing less than bluegrass artistry of the highest caliber. Vincent -- perhaps the most electrifying talent in the field -- and the stellar players in her band, the Rage, attack ballads, breakdowns, and blues with a ferocity born of a deep love of traditional styles and an understanding of their dramatic power. Vincent hammers that point home on "Is the Grass Any Bluer," a heartfelt account of Bill Monroe's continuing and pervasive influence on bluegrass music that gets extra liftoff from Vincent's clear voice soaring high over the rousing banjo work of Terry Adams and the strains of a pair of evocative fiddles. The standard "Driving Nails in My Coffin" offers a powerhouse up-tempo showcase for the band members' instrumental prowess. On the heartbreak side, Vincent's aching voice pleads in all the right places on "I'm Not Over You" and "My Sweet Love Ain't Around." Gospel fans get their fix on "You Don't Love God if You Don't Love Your Neighbor," a guitar-driven toe-tapper featuring brisk, tight ensemble vocalizing, and the breathtaking "When the Angels Sing," a mid-tempo affirmation of the rewards awaiting the faithful beyond this mortal coil, with Vincent's voice in full, high lonesome splendor. Listen, and listen again, because The Storm Still Rages will be yielding rewards aplenty years hence.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
After spending several years languishing in Nashville, Rhonda Vincent made an unusual career move: she returned to bluegrass and recorded Back Home Again for Rounder in 2000. Garnering positive responses from critics and fans, Vincent knew she had made the right move. A cross between traditional and contemporary bluegrass, The Storm Still Rages features superb accompaniment and a handful of well-chosen songs. Vincent has also penned or co-penned several of the songs, including the opening cut, "Cry of the Whippoorwill." Her expressive vocal on the heartbreaker "Don't Lie" is lovingly underlined by Stuart Duncan's fiddle and Bryan Sutton's mandolin. Bassist Darrin Vincent, Rhonda's brother, adds harmony on a number of cuts, perfectly bringing each chorus into focus. There's a nice version of "I'm Not Over You," the song that inspired the album's title, with guest Rob Ickes on the Resophonic guitar, and a bluesy take on Hank Williams' "My Sweet Love Ain't Around." Although the arrangements vary quite a bit from song to song, banjoist Tom Adams and guitarist Sutton provide a steady base to work from. Complaints? Only that certain old-hoary classics like "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin" clash with Vincent's attractive vocals. It may be difficult for the listener to believe that this pretty voice is halfway to the grave from drinking rotgut. This aside, The Storm Still Rages should allow Vincent to take her place beside contemporary bluegrass alumni like Alison Krauss and Laurie Lewis.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2001
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661047426
catalogNumber:
610474
Rank:
57887

Tracks

  1. Cry of the Whippoorwill  - Rhonda Vincent
  2. Is the Grass Any Bluer  - Rhonda Vincent
  3. Don't Lie  - Rhonda Vincent
  4. Drivin' Nails in My Coffin  - Rhonda Vincent
  5. I'm Not Over You  - Rhonda Vincent
  6. Bluegrass Express  - Rhonda Vincent
  7. Just Someone I Used to Know  - Rhonda Vincent
  8. On Solid Ground  - Rhonda Vincent
  9. Each Season Changes You  - Rhonda Vincent
  10. My Sweet Love Ain't Around  - Rhonda Vincent
  11. You Don't Love God If You Don't Love Your Neighbor  - Rhonda Vincent
  12. When the Angels Sing  - Rhonda Vincent
  13. The Martha White Theme  - Rhonda Vincent

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rhonda Vincent   Primary Artist,Mandolin
Alison Krauss   Harmony
Tom Adams   Banjo
Audie Blaylock   Rhythm Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Rob Ickes   Guitar
Johnny Vincent   Harmony
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Darrin Vincent   Bass,Harmony
Ben Isaacs   Harmony
Sonya Isaacs   Harmony
Bryan Sutton   Guitar,Mandolin
Ron Stewart   Banjo,Fiddle
Brian Vincent   Harmony
Michael Cleveland   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Rhonda Vincent   Producer
Ronnie Light   Engineer
Toby Mountain   Mastering
Craig Havighurst   Liner Notes
Ruth Talley   Composer
Albert Goree   Composer

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