Rhonda Vincent receives bluegrass honor
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
– Rhonda Vincent, was honored with the first-ever Bluegrass Heritage Foundation "Star Award."
The award, given Oct. 16, was presented by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to preserve and promote the heritage of bluegrass music through public performances and educational programs and workshops.
"The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation board of directors thought it was appropriate to begin a tradition of honoring bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing the music while honoring and preserving its character and heritage," said Alan W. Tompkins, president of the Foundation. "We believe that Rhonda Vincent is the perfect recipient for this initial award because of her incredible talents and her long record of accomplishments in the music."
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