The queen of bluegrass, winner of a Grammy Rhonda vincent receives its eighth Grammy nomination for best bluegrass album, “Music is what I see.” The album was produced by Rhonda Vincent & Engineered by Grammy-Winning engineer Joey Crawford. Grammy-winning Rhonda’s band “The Rage” shared their world-class musicality for the project. The songs included were written by Songwriter’s Hall of Fame writers, Songwriter of the Year, Grand Ole Opry stars and the very first bluegrass version of the classic “Unchained Melody”.
âThis is the first time that I have been able to devote two years to a project,â explains Vincent. âIt started out rolling around Nashville, Tennessee with Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely. Jeannie started singing a song she had just written with Erin Enderlin and Bobby Tomberlin. I immediately loved the song and I loved it. I found the first opportunity to enter the studio to record it, with Songwriter Hall of Fame member Mike Dekle’s âMusic’s What I Seeâ.
âI like it, instead of wondering if I’m recording, the writers send songs every time they feel they have a song that would work well for me,â Vincent continued. “Mike Dekle does this, and I love it, and so does Jerry Salley. I never know when a song might pop up, so I’m ready to record when I go to the studio.”
âMusic’s What I Seeâ became the title song. “Like I Could” became the first song # 1 on the album, which was the first single and the first video for the project.
âThe first session was only four songs long. It was the second session that was filled with excitement and the kind of passion and inspiration that only 40s could do. We didn’t know we would be out of it. road for many months. So when we couldn’t travel, we finally got together to record. It wasn’t easy. I called around Nashville to find a studio that would allow us to record. Omni was one of the few places open. The Rage and I gathered at the studio with a list of songs, started recording, and there was tremendous excitement in playing music – you could feel it in the room. session. Everyone was so happy to be there. We were happy to fellowship together again. We had missed our road trips, and the old adage that absence makes your heart more loving is really true. This absence fostered a wonderful penchant for playing the music we love so much. “
âIn the studio, we were able to really capture the feel of each song. True bluegrass music was at the center. Respecting the tradition of our biggest influences in music, from Bill Monroe to Larry Sparks (â I’d Like To Be A Train “) at The Osborne Brothers. All of our influences came together on one project and through the songs. Aaron McDaris played the” Rocky Top “banjo, formerly owned by Sonny Osborne. The Sonny banjo recorded Rocky Top and many Osborne Brothers’ greatest songs. Mickey Harris, with a rich family musical tradition, played bass. A veteran member of Rage and twenty-year-old award-winning violinist, Hunter Berry played the violin. A multi-guitar player of the year Josh Williams played guitar and mandolin. The Rage newcomer Jeff Partin played the dobro. Everyone lends their voices to the project, but most of the harmonies were sung by Josh Williams and Jeff Partin. “Everybody Will Be Happy “introduces everyone. There are also two special appearances, one by Tim Raybon, who sings on the song he wrote for the project called “I’m Still Not Over You”. The project ends with the inspiring song “There’s A Record Book” with harmonies by The Isaacs, who also received a Grammy nomination for their latest gospel project.
The most played song is a parody of Hank Snow’s song “I’ve Been Everywhere”. Chuck Meade rewrote the song to say “I Ain’t Been Nowhere” that perfect quarantine song will have you laughing.
âEvery song, every note and every element has been carefully chosen, sung, played and created – two years of preparation. After the many hours of singing, playing and recording, I am so grateful on this Thanksgiving week for the dire is now a Grammy nominated project! “
“Thank you to everyone who contributed. Thank you to all of our friends at the Recording Academy – the Grammys – for this incredible honor.”
For more information and to follow all Rhonda Vincent, visit her website and follow his social networks below.