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Rhonda Vincent On 'All The Rage,' GRAMMY Moments & More
For bluegrass singer/songwriter/mandolin player Rhonda Vincent, she's hoping her lucky seventh GRAMMY nomination will result in her first GRAMMY win.
With a career that stretches back three decades, there's a reason The Wall Street Journal dubbed Vincent "the new Queen of Bluegrass." The Missouri native got her start as a member of her family's band the Sally Mountain Show before releasing her debut solo album in 1988. From there she's amassed an impressive discography of her own and has also been featured on recordings by esteemed artists such as Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson and Tanya Tucker.
This year marks her seventh career GRAMMY nomination, and her sixth in the category of Best Bluegrass album. Vincent is searching for GRAMMY gold with her live project with her band the Rage, All The Rage — In Concert Volume One.
Vincent joins an esteemed category of other bluegrass musicians this year. On being nominated in the Best Bluegrass Album category alongside talented artists, including Michael Cleveland, the Infamous Stringdusters, Bobby Osborne, and Noam Pikelny, Vincent couldn't be happier.
"I love that it's a real mix of the different perimeters of bluegrass music for Best Bluegrass Album," says Vincent. "It's not just a lot of sameness."
One of those innovative bluegrass projects up for a nomination is her own recording with the Rage, comprising fiddler Hunter Berry, dobro player Brent Burke, bassist Mickey Harris, banjo player Aaron McDaris, and guitarist Josh Williams.
The project, which contains 14 tracks of high-energy bluegrass originals, was composed by Vincent and the talented members of her band. According to Vincent, the goal was to highlight the strengths of each musician and let them shine through on the project.
What also makes this recording so special is the album's live nature, which Vincent says is just the first volume of a two-part series. All The Rage — In Concert Volume One bottles the magic of Rhonda Vincent And The Rage onstage and delivers it straight to your eyes and ears like you were in the room.
"It's a live project and that's I think unusual to have a GRAMMY nomination on a live project," says Vincent. "This project was a DVD and a CD to capture this moment in time. When you come see Rhonda Vincent And The Rage, this DVD, this project, is exactly what you'll see and that's what people are asking. They say, 'We want a project that's exactly what we see on stage.' It's a very special honor."
As Vincent prepares to attend another GRAMMY Awards ceremony, she remembers her own favorite GRAMMY moment — the first time she got to attend the GRAMMY Awards extravaganza in person.
"My favorite GRAMMY moment was the first time I got to go to the GRAMMYs," says Vincent. "That was 2005, it was in Los Angeles. It was a significant year. Madonna started the show and Paul McCartney was there and he performed not once but twice."
— Rhonda Vincent (@RhondaVincent13) November 28, 2017