Tuesday, December 13, 2011
– The Grand Ole Opry performance this past Saturday marked the debut of resophonic guitarist Brent Burke at the Opry and his first official appearance as a member of Rhonda Vincent & The Rage.
Vincent and band performed on Friday night in Wickenburg, Ariz. to a sold-out show with Gene Watson and flew on Saturday to land just in time for their Opry appearance.
"We're usually home during December," Vincent said. "But this year, my agent booked us in Wickenburg, which also enabled us to make a rare Opry appearance. We are constantly on the look out for a time that we can be at the Grand Ole Opry. It's one of our favorite places to perform, and being at the Ryman made it a double treat. We have appeared at the Ryman for their Bluegrass Series and also for the Opry, but it's been a long time since we were here. We're thrilled to be back, and I know it's a night that Brent will never forget."
Burke, from Pell City, Ala., will be the first recipient of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music from East Tennessee State University on Dec. 17.
The group will now go home for Christmas and return for rehearsals on Dec. 28 to prepare for their New Year's Eve appearances.