The best music you’ve never heard #4: Rhonda Vincent

Set that bluegrass on fire!

Rhonda VNow I know what you’re going to say: Bluegrass is for square dancers, hillbillies and flannel-clad hipsters. Truth be told, as a rule, it’s not one of my favorite genres, but I make the occasional exception for the greats: Ralph Stanley, Chris Thile and the musical queen of the Smokey Mountains, the one and only Miss Dolly Parton.

To my way of thinking, Jolene is one of the greatest heart-broke ballads ever written. Plaintive and gorgeous, it’s musical heaven in my book. So you’ll understand why I was dubious when my better half brought home a CD that included a cover of Dolly’s magnum opus some years ago. I was very skeptical, but lord have mercy, was I wrong.

Backed up by The Rage, Rhonda Vincent puts some serious fire in bluegrass music. Not only does she have a great set of pipes, but she can really play. This is seriously hot stuff. Give a listen.

Is your computer smoking yet? No? Then you don’t have the volume up high enough.

A big thank you to my blog buddy Tom Wisk for motivating me to get back to work with his latest post

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Think you can handle more musical ramblings? OK, but don’t say I didn’t warn you — it can get a little weird hanging around my iPod.

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About WSW

Writer, wife, mother. Toiler in the bottomless, black, soul-sucking coal mine of domestic life. Thank God for the portable bar.

Posted on December 17, 2012, in Music and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. I don’t care what the genre is…I love good music. Already downloaded and am rockin out. Thanks my friend!!

  2. Blue Grass is a American treasure. The movie Oh Brother, Where Art Thou is one of my favorites. Without the Blue Grass it would be average.
    Thanks for the song.

  3. I LOVE this. It reminds me of the Celtic music from Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Thanks for introducing me to it.

  4. One of my ultimate faves right now is Shovels and Rope. The CD is in my car, I’ve been playing it for weeks and I can’t get enough of it. They also came to Mpls, so I had the opportunity to see them in a small venue. Even better.

  5. Snoring Dog Studio

    Love that song and the great and amazing Dolly Parton. I still love her version the best!

  6. Wow, that’s some really good music!

  7. Wendie, it’s wonderful to have you back. Rhonda Vincent rocks. Anybody who can do hot bluegrass in a LBD is okay with me. For me, it’s back to Tift Merritt but Rhonda is going to be in the queue. We move on.

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