Rhonda Vincent

Good Thing Going – 2008 (Rounder)

Reviewed by John Lupton

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Since returning to bluegrass in 2000, Missouri-born dynamo Rhonda Vincent has nearly been the proverbial "irresistible force," racking up 7 consecutive IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards (though interrupted this year by Dale Ann Bradley) and - counting her "Beautiful Star" Christmas collection - a string of Rounder releases that have been well-received by critics and audiences alike and which now numbers seven in all with this new disc. A good thing going, indeed.

As anyone who's seen her fast-paced stage show can attest, Vincent is a professional entertainer to the core, and growing up on stage in a family band will do that for you. As this collection of a dozen new tunes shows, though, she's just as professional in the studio, and this ranks among her best efforts, highlighting her range and versatility.

There's plenty of her trademark, all-out bluegrass, of course on tunes like "I'm Leavin'," "Bluegrass Saturday Night" and, in a nod to Jimmy Martin, "Hit Parade of Love." "World's Biggest Fool" is a breezy swing number that suits her voice well, and her duet with Keith Urban on the folk classic "The Water Is Wide" is among the best renditions of that old chestnut yet. Vincent is smart enough to know what works best for her, and it shows here.