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Rhonda Vincent's The Rage unveil two new members

Monday, November 24, 2008 – Rhonda Vincent said two new band members joined her backing band The Rage. Aaron McDaris and Ben Helson are part of the new group, while seven-year Rage veteran Kenny Ingram and Darrell Webb have left.

McDaris joins her from the successful band The Grascals, playing banjo. Helson joins her from Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. Helson, 22, plays guitar and many other stringed instruments. He joins The Rage during his final semester at Bethel College, where he is majoring in music business. He will complete his degree in May 2009. Ingram played guitar for Vincent, while Webb was on banjo. He just became a member of Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper after about 4 1/2 years with Vincent.

"I hope that you will be as excited as I am about the new music, new members, and new approach to our presentation," said Vincent. "With this new group of musicians, we will also record, for the first time in the history of Rhonda Vincent & The Rage; with only the musicians of The Rage. There will be no guest appearances or additional musicians of any kind."

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