Vincent goes country (again) and bluegrass
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
– Rhonda Vincent announced she will release a two-disc combination release that includes six-songs each of bluegrass and country.
"Only Me" will be released on Upper Management Music on Jan. 28, 2014.
While known as a leading voice in bluegrass, this is not Vincent's first foray into country. She released two albums of country - "Written in the Stars" in 1993 and "Trouble Free' in 2006.
Sticking with her musical roots, Vincent is joined by Daryle Singletary on We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds,while Willie Nelson adds vocals and a guitar solo to the title track., which is on the bluegrass disc.
"The bluegrass pickers on this song are some of the best that I have ever heard. When I think of bluegrass, this is the sound that I hear," said Willie Nelson. "Rhonda's voice is beautiful. I am thankful for her letting me be a part of it all."
1. Busy City
2. I'd Rather Hear I Don't Love You (Than Nothing At All)
3. Only Me (Featuring Willie Nelson)
4. I Need Somebody Bad Tonight
5. We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds (Featuring Daryle Singletary)
6. It's Never Too Late
Musicians are: Hunter Berry - fiddles, Brent Burke - resophonic guitar, Mickey Harris - upright bass, Aaron McDaris - banjo, Rhonda Vincent - mandolin and Josh Williams - acoustic guitar.
1. Teardrops Over You
2. Once A Day
3. Beneath Still Waters
4. Bright Lights & Country Music
5. When The Grass Grows Over Me
6. Drivin' Nails
Musicians are: Tim Crouch - fiddles, Kevin Grantt - upright bass, Carl Jackson - acoustic guitar, Mike Johnson - steel guitar, Catherine Marx - piano (all songs except Drivin' Nails), James Mitchell - electric guitar, Michael Rojas - piano (Drivin' Nails) and Lonnie Wilson - drums.
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