Rhonda Vincent

The Storm Still Rages – 2001 (Rounder)

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

Rhonda Vincent's follow up to her "Back Home Again" release is a sure winner. Vincent's return to recording bluegrass in 1999 after several years of recording country albums was so popular that it helped win her the International Bluegrass Music association's female vocalist award.

There's plenty of 'hard driving' bluegrass tunes, each showcasing her powerful vocal style, including Bobby Osborne's "Bluegrass Express," "Cry Of The Whippoorwill," one of three she co-wrote, and a great rendition of "The Martha White Theme." Vincent shows she's not averse to looking to Nashville for some of her best material. There are some wonderful treatments of country songs, including "Just Someone I Used To Know," "Driving Nails In My Coffin" and Hank Williams' "My Sweet Love Ain't Around." Her version of Trace Adkin's hit, "Don't Lie," features some wonderful harmonies with brother, Darrin, and is one of the best cuts.

There are two great gospel cuts, "When The Angels Sing" and "You Don't Love God If You Don't Love Your Neighbor." A real gem here is, "Is the Grass Any Bluer," a loving tribute to the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. This is an excellent album in every respect from one of the premier artists in bluegrass today.