Rhonda Vincent’s new album, Only Me, debuts at #1 on Billboard Bluegrass Album chart, following a four-month reign by Alan Jackson. In addition, the critically acclaimed album debuts on four other Billboard charts including: #10 Heatseekers, #36 Top Current Country Albums, #55 Top Country Albums, and #60 Indie Albums.
“It’s a dream come true!” says Rhonda Vincent. “I was hoping for a #1 CD with Only Me, but never expecting it after only two days of sales. This is unbelievable! “
Country Weekly says Vincent’s fans “appreciate the honest and true music Rhonda Vincent continues to crank out after all these years.” In addition to an endorsement by country superstar Dolly Parton, the media is calling this “the perfect mix of country and bluegrass” (ParcBench).
The album features duets with both Willie Nelson and Daryle Singletary. Nelson said “Rhonda’s voice is beautiful. I am thankful for her letting me be a part of it all,” while Singletary said that he loves singing with Rhonda “cause she makes you bring your A game!!”
You go, girl!
Here’s a little video gift from our friends at Bluegrass First Class in Asheville, NC. Check out Ronnie Bowman, Kenny Smith & Don Rigsby: “The Rambling Rooks,” who will be performing at BG First Class Feb. 14-16 (next month!) #lrbchills!
Source: Bluegrass First Class - http://viewtrakr.com/trakrnet/viewvideo.php?channel=8&u=9818
My old college buddy from Maryvile, MO (or nearby), Lee Dale Nigh is building some beautiful violins these days. It’s worth checking out his Facebook page, just to look at the artistic photographs he’s posting daily.
The film crew from KET was at IBMA’s Fan FEst last year in Nashville to capture some pretty amazing music and interviews–enough for 20 episodes that will will be shown online, in Kentucky, and in 20 national PBS markets across the country this summer! Be sure to check this out, folks. GREAT sound quality and production work! And a big thanks to our friends at visitRaleigh.com who sponsored the production. Wide Open Bluegrass (new name for Fan Fest) will be in Raleigh, NC Sept. 28-29. See you there!
Hope to see you at the Station Inn tonight for the Boxcars album release party! Can’t wait to hear this great band again.
Source: theboxcars.com - http://www.theboxcars.com/merchandise/
MerleFest has announced the winners in its prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest.
All winners receive cash and merchandise prizes, and a chance to perform on tonight’s stage show.
1st – John Cloyd Miller (Asheville, NC) for Cloud of Dust
2nd – Todd Grebe (Nashville, TN) for Master of My Destiny
3rd – Aaron Burdett (Saluda, NC) for Magpie
Click on the link to read the rest of John’s article at BluegrassToday.com! CONGRATS to all the Chris Austin winning songwriters!
Source: BluegrassToday.com - http://bluegrasstoday.com/chris-austin-songwriting-winners-announced/
Each summer, the “birthplace of bluegrass” and Mother Church of Country Music host Bluegrass Nights At the Ryman.
In 2013, The Ryman will play host to Vince Gill, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Gibson Brothers, Ralph Stanley and Jim Lauderdale, Dailey & Vincent, and Ricky Skaggs.
The 2013 series runs Thursday nights from June 20 through July 25.
To get all the details, and find out how to buy your tickets, head to: http://www.ryman.com/bluegrass/
Source: The Ryman - http://www.ryman.com/bluegrass/
“The Ed Helms Bluegrass Situation will be taking place on Sunday June 16 at Bonnaroo. Following their trend in recent years of having either a curated or themed stage one day of the event, Helms will be taking over the entire Sunday in one tent, playing emcee for 5 bands and then pulling members of all 5 groups together to end the night with a Bluegrass Superjam.”
Source: Examiner - http://www.examiner.com/article/ed-helms-announces-details-of-curated-bluegrass-stage-at-bonnaroo