Rhonda Vincent and the Rage (#201)

A musician since the age of 5, Rhonda Vincent is now one of the best in the bluegrass business.

She started playing music when she was just 5 years old. Now, more than 30 years and 19 albums later, Rhonda Vincent is recognized by insiders and fans alike as one of the best in the business.

Vincent learned to play drums at age 5, mandolin at 8, and fiddle at 10, all as part of her family’s band, the Sally Mountain Show. In her mid-20s, she signed with Rebel Records, cutting three solo albums before making appearances on the albums of other country artists, including George Jones, Alan Jackson, and Dolly Parton.

Her 2001 release, The Storm Still Rages, was nominated for seven International Bluegrass Music Association awards, earning Vincent the titles of Entertainer of the Year and—for the second year in a row—Female Vocalist of the Year. The Rage’s fiddle player, Mike Cleveland, and banjo player, Tom Adams, earned nominations in their respective instrumental categories.

This Jubilee performance was taped at IIIrd Tyme Out’s Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Morehead, KY in the summer of 2001. Since then, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage have received IBMA’s Entertainer of the Year award for 2001 and the SPBGMA Entertainer of the Year award for 2002 and released a new album, Blue Tears (September 2002).