Just wanted to mention that we’ve received a copy of Rhonda Vincent’s latest CD, Rhonda Vincent: Sunday Mornin’ Singin’. Vincent is a bluegrass singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, whom the Wall Street Journal has proclaimed as “the new Queen of Bluegrass.” She is part of a bluegrass music resurgence, making bluegrass new for a younger generation, blending down-home sincerity with big-city style.
Rhonda began her music career at the age of five, playing drums with her family’s band, the Sally Mountain Show, and went on to learn the mandolin and fiddle, performing with the family band at bluegrass festivals. She has won a string of seven Female Vocalist of the Year Awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, and has turned her group “The Rage” into a bluegrass institution.
As for Sunday Mornin’ Singin’, the New York Times notes that “it would have been easy for this impeccably gifted bluegrass singer to make her version of a gospel album in the studio, with a choice array of guests. Instead she recorded “Sunday Mornin’ Singin’ ” live at a historic Methodist church in Greentop, Mo., with no reinforcements outside of her working band, the Rage. Smart move: the album has a rough spark, against which Ms. Vincent’s composure shines all the more vividly.”