Vincent leads new releases
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
– The Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent, is out with "Only Me." Only this isn't strictly bluegrass. The release contains two discs with six songs apiece of bluegrass and country. At another phase of her career, Vincent released two country albums on Giant Records. Vincent is joined by Daryle Singletary on "We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds," and Willie Nelson adds vocals and a guitar solo to the title track.
Laura Cantrell, formerly of Nashville, but practicing her country music in New York, returns with "No Way There From Here." She produced the 12 songs with Mark Nevers.
The Farewell Drifters, who are in the Mumford & Sons end of music, are out with "Tomorrow Forever." The band combines Beach Boys sounds with bluegrass. Neilson Hubbard (Kim Richey, Matthew Perryman Jones, the Apache Relay) produced the disc.
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Rhonda Vincent has been a solid voice of bluegrass music since the 1970's. She first performed with a family band (The Sally Mountain Show), before going solo. Her career took a country turn for a few years, but she's mostly a bluegrass artist these days, and bluegrass is the beneficiary.
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Bluegrass icon Rhonda Vincent took a stab at country stardom early in her career, after leaving her family's Sally Mountain Show band, but before racking up an ongoing string of bluegrass classics with her band The Rage. It didn't go well, perhaps because Vincent is a traditionalist who didn't wear contemporary country production with the right artifice. It certainly wasn't because she doesn't love country music, as this new double disc set proves. There's a »»»