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"New Queen Of Bluegrass" Returns To Stuart's Opera House

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Updated Tue, Mar 18, 2014 3:26 pm

Stuart’s Opera House is hosting a special matinee with the most awarded band in bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, on Sunday, March 23 at 3 p.m.

Vincent, whose career spans 24 albums, has worked with everyone from Dolly Parton and George Jones to Faith Hill. She has received over 40 awards, including an unprecedented seven consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, along with multiple Grammy nominations. If you include her band The Rage, they emerge as the most Awarded Band in Bluegrass Music with over 80 awards.

Rhonda Vincent has benefited from a lifetime’s worth of experience, gathered in a remarkably short time. The fifth generation of musicians in her family, Vincent was quite literally born into the business. Her parents Johnny and Carolyn helmed the popular bluegrass outfit the Sally Mountain show, with whom Rhonda made her stage debut at age five, singing and tapping a snare drum.

Vincent began playing mandolin onstage at age eight, and quickly mastered an array of stringed instruments, from guitar to fiddle. As she grew as a vocalist and musician, she augmented her love of traditional bluegrass with a growing appreciation for such contemporary mavericks as the New Grass Revival and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

She made the transition from being a member of the Sally Mountain Show to a being a solo artist, cutting her first solo album in 1986. After a series of well-received solo recordings for venerable bluegrass label Rebel Records, Vincent signed to Giant Records for a pair of major-label country projects – an invaluable experience that greatly furthered her understanding of the music business.

Her triumphant return to bluegrass began with her 1999 signing to Rounder Records, and continued through a series of acclaimed releases which grew her audience exponentially and made her the recipient of vast critical acclaim and commercial success.

Vincent is currently touring in support of her new album, Only Me, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Bluegrass Album Chart just two days after its release.

Reserved seats for Sunday's show are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Box seats are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets call 740-753-1924 or visit stuartsoperahouse.org.

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