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All-American bluegrass girl

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage take the stage in Frederick

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage take the stage in Frederick

April 06, 2006|by KRISTIN WILSON

FREDERICK, Md. - It was her childhood. It is her career and her identity. In short, Rhonda Vincent is bluegrass to her core.

In May, Vincent will release her 22nd career album, "All American Bluegrass Girl." Through the album, the bluegrass star pays homage to God and country while sharing with fans her story - the story of an all-American bluegrass musician.

On Saturday, April 8, Vincent and her band, the Rage, will bring their show to the Weinberg Center for the Arts.

The concert will be a mix of her classic songs as well as songs off her forthcoming album.

"It's lots of high-energy-in-your-face bluegrass, along with the radio songs," Vincent says. "We try to have something for everybody. That's our No. 1 priority - that everyone who comes to the show not only enjoys the music but has a lot of fun."

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The kind of variety Vincent packs into her shows is mirrored on her latest CD.

"It's an entire collection of different songs," she explains. "It takes you through a whole range of emotions."

Some of her new songs are sad, some straightforward and honest, others speak of gratitude.

"I think it's a mature collection of songs," Vincent says. "I feel like I have matured as a songwriter, as a performer and as a recording artist."

"All American Bluegrass Girl" includes three songs Vincent authored: "God Bless the Soldier," the instrumental "Ashes of Mount Augustine" and the title track.

Vincent, 43, feels she's still growing into the title of songwriter. Winning the 2004 song of the year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association for her co-composition of the song "Kentucky Borderline" helped boost her confidence, she says.

Vincent felt compelled to write the song "God Bless the Soldier" after she spent a day visiting active duty soldiers at a military hospital in Fort Hood, Texas. "I just wasn't prepared for the impact that was going to make on me," she says of the experience. "In five minutes, I wrote that song. The message of the song is to take a minute to show our gratitude to these soldiers."

Dolly Parton and Bobby Osborne make guest appearances on Vincent's latest CD. Parton sings a duet with Vincent in "Heartbreaker's Alibi" - a song about a man cheating on his wife. Vincent pairs with Osborne in the duet "Midnight Angel."

Vincent is a six-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association award for female vocalist of the year. She also won entertainer of the year from the bluegrass association. In 2005, Vincent's most recent album, "Ragin' Live" was nominated for a Grammy for the best bluegrass album.

Bluegrass band Williams & Clark Expedition will open for Vincent and the Rage at the Weinberg. The opening band blends bluegrass, country and gospel music styles with both classic and contemporary themes.




If you go ...



WHAT: Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 8

WHERE: Weinberg Center for the Arts; 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md.

COST: $25 to $35

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 70 east toward Frederick. Take exit 54 for Market Street and turn right onto Md. 355 north. Follow about one mile. Turn left onto West Patrick Street, and the Weinberg Center is on the left.

MORE: Advance ticket reservations are strongly recommended.

For more information or to order tickets, call 1-301-228-2828 or go to www.weinbergcenter.org.

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