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"New Queen Of Bluegrass" Returns To Nelsonville

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Updated Tue, Apr 16, 2013 3:24 pm

Rhonda Vincent, the "new Queen of Bluegrass," returns to Stuart's Opera House for a special Sunday matinee show on April 21 at 3 p.m.

During a career that spans 24 albums, Vincent has worked with nearly everyone in the country music world, 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. Vincent's band The Rage is the most-awarded band in bluegrass with over 80 awards.

Born into a musical family, Vincent made her stage debut at age five, singing and tapping a snare drum. She 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, Vincent augmented her love of traditional bluegrass with a growing appreciation for such contemporary mavericks as the New Grass Revival and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. She later 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.

Vincent's return to bluegrass began with her 1999 signing to Rounder Records, and continued through a series of acclaimed releases. Her latest album, Sunday Mornin' Singin', was released last year on her own label, Upper Management.

For more information and tickets, visit www.stuartsoperahouse.org.

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