Oct 252021

This year, I took some time off to tend to personal issues, and as a result of this I have a HUGE PILE of albums to sift through, and finally get to feature this album on the website. However, as a fan I HAVE BEEN watching and listening to a bunch of familiar names in tons of genres. We cover such a wide and extensive array of genres, it’s difficult to catch up to them all….but I’m trying!

Bluegrass has it’s many Legends that are currently alive, and many of them are still active today including the mighty queen of Bluegrass Miss Rhonda Vincent. Her career has ( and still does ) span over four decades of Bluegrass, as well as solidifying many Country albums with her background vocals. In many interviews, she denounces the term “Queen of Bluegrass”, and designates that for Miss Wilma Lee Cooper instead.

This past year, she was finally inducted as a new member of the Grand Ol Opry, where she was invited by Mr. Dierks Bentley . This was a very important move for the Opry, as I have been delving into JUST WHO could be construed as their attempt to establish a new ilk of the ” Grand Ladies Of The Opry”. Her passion for the preservation of the historical aspect of Country and Bluegrass, easily solidifies her presence on the Opry stage as an integral foundation of both genres.

She had another accolade here recently, where she was the last host of the ever popular Midnite Jamboree as it was in the Troubador Theater, and returned to it’s original location….the Broadway location of Ernest Tubb Record Shops.

She has rarely ever altered her classic Bluegrass sound or her well known progressive Bluegrass chords, and this album is no exception. This album opens with her classic angelic vocals…man those smooth notes she hits on the song “What Ain’t To Be Just Might Happen”, which is a Porter Wagoner song, and album title from 1972.

To me, the fact that she holds true to the basic old time Bluegrass format while adding her own signature modern approach to the overall delivery of the music shows the secret behind her staying power. But I am going to share with you one of my own passions in life, and that is giving ALL my praise to my personal savior, Jesus Christ.

She does that with the title song “Music’s What I See”, she hit the nail right smack on the head with the story of a blind man who makes references to the many classic Country Songs of time past. He shares what he sees in his mind, when he hears those songs of old, like many of us all do. I have a HUGE level of respect for her for giving praise to him on the title of her album, through music.

However the absolute pinnacle of this album is easily the middle song called “Like I Could” penned by Miss Erin Enderlin, Miss Jeannie Seely, and Mr. Bobby Tomberlin. I’m telling all of you, if you do not know the name Erin Enderlin, you need to click her name and research her music, and her contributions to writing. That young lady embellishes Country Music in every way possible, and I hold her in HIGH regard.

The expert banjo of Aaron McDaris, fiddle of Hunter Berry, Josh Williams’ acoustic guitar and Jeff Partin’s Dobro, complimented by Mickey Harris’ rock-steady upright bass make up the current lineup of “The Rage”, her backup band. This band truly shows some unrivaled harmonies on the covid parody song “I Ain’t Been Nowhere”, which is a reverse of “I Been Everywhere”.  Trust me, this song was cleverly written and is hilarious.

Rhonda Vincent’s New Album ‘Music Is What I See’ Available Now
Rhonda Vincent - 'Music Is What I See' - Available May 28

Vincent Recently Featured In People.com, Wide Open Country, Taste of Country, Newsmax and More

“For an example of a modern maven with constant fan support and a sustained level of musical excellence, look no further than the Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent.”  – Wide Open Country

“I Ain’t Been Nowhere” is a lyrical look at the pandemic-riddled year of 2020, bursting with specifics and anecdotes that will cement the song as a snapshot of this crazy time for years and years to come.”  – Taste Of Country

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Multi-award-winning bluegrass artist and Grand Ole Opry member Rhonda Vincent’s new album ‘Music Is What I See,’ is available now! Although this record was slated for an earlier release, due to the events of 2020, Vincent used this time off to focus on every detail, creating the perfect mixture of bluegrass and country. Vincent’s high-spirited energy is clearly present through her soaring vocals, blend of new tunes, and fresh arrangements of classics such as the first-ever recorded bluegrass version of the classic, “Unchained Melody,” which she recently debuted live at the Grand Ole Opry. With her brand new album and a growing tour schedule, “The Queen of Bluegrass” is back in full swing!

“It is so exciting to finally have ‘Music Is What I See’ available,” shares Vincent.“ This project features my world-class band, The Rage on straight ahead, hard drivin’ bluegrass, country classics, to a special arrangement, and perhaps the first-ever bluegrass version (complete with banjo) of “Unchained Melody”. “Unchained Melody” was truly the most challenging song I’ve ever sung. I purposely created a balance of new songs with timeless classics. It’s my first record release since officially being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Life is truly grand!

While celebrating the release of ‘Music Is What I See’ this past weekend, Vincent performed during two segments at The Grand Ole Opry and made history as the last artist to host The Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree at the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee, before going back to its original home on lower Broadway. Throughout the show, Vincent surprised the audience with special appearances by Grand Ole Opry Member Jeannie Seely and songwriter Erin Enderlin. Fans were also delighted as Hee Haw’s Lulu Roman and Country Music Hall of Famer Randy Travis joined them in the audience to commemorate the occasion.

Leading up to the album release, Vincent has been featured in People.comTaste of Country, and Wide Open Country, where each outlet premiered a new single. Growing up performing in her family’s band, The Sally Mountain Show, music was not just something she loved, it was a way of life. This shows in every track, whether referring to “What Ain’t To Be Just Might Happen” written by Porter Wagoner or “Like I Could,” which was written by Jeannie Seely, Erin Enderlin, and Bobby Tomberlin, the Grand Ole Opry weaves throughout this entire project.

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