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Williams joins Vincent's Rage

Sunday, November 18, 2012 – Josh Williams is joining Rhonda Vincent's band, The Rage, replacing Ben Helson, who is leaving after four years.

Williams is a three-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year.

"We love Ben so very much, he will be missed," Vincent said. "This is a bitter sweet time, as I am thrilled at the return of Josh Williams to The Rage. Josh is one of the most talented musicians I've ever heard. We are excited to begin a new chapter of The Rage, and mark a historical reunion. Our first performance featuring the new assemblage will be televised. Rehearsals begin right away to share ideas and create the absolute best show ever for our 2013 appearances."

Williams is a multi-instrumentalist and will be a featured member of The Rage on guitar, harmony and lead vocals, and other instruments.

Williams joins 11-year member, award winning fiddler Hunter Berry from Elizabethton, Tenn.; 10-year member Mickey Harris on upright bass, lead and harmony vocals, from Murfreesboro, Tenn.; 4-year member, banjo player Aaron McDaris from Hartville, Mo,.; and 1-year member, Brent Burke from Pell City, Ala.

Gigs start Jan. 3, 2013 in Livermore, Cal., Jan. 4 in Bakersfield, Cal. and Jan. 5 Wickenburg, Ariz.

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