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All American Bluegrass Girl

Rhonda VincentAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)


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Five-time Grammy nominee Rhonda Vincent, the New Queen of Bluegrass as deemed by the Wall Street Journal, is clearing the lane for her upcoming 2-Disc combination release that includes six-songs each of Bluegrass and Country. The project, appropriately titled Only Me, serves as a reminder why Rhonda Vincent & The Rage is the most awarded band in bluegrass music.

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  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / UMGD
  • ASIN: B000F7CEDO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,413 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"All my life they told me 'you're pretty good for a girl,'" Rhonda Vincent sings on this album's title track--a sly dig at the notoriously patriarchal culture of bluegrass, and at critics who qualify her as a "female bluegrass singer." But like Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton (who adds harmony vocals to the rocking "Heartbreaker's Alibi"), Vincent is one of the elite artists in the genre--period. She's got the awards and Grammy nominations to prove it, but mostly she has her voice--a flawless, instantly recognizable instrument that releases all of the emotion from durable gospel standards like Roy Acuff's "Precious Jewel" and the more contemporary-styled "Forever Ain't That Long Anymore." And she's got her band, the Rage, who rip through train songs like "Rhythm of the Wheels" or instrumentals like "Ashes of Mt. Augustine," which serves to remind us what a hot mandolinist she can be. Along with the archetypal bluegrass themes of home, death, and country, Vincent also has current conflicts on her mind. She covers Byron Hill and Mike Dekle's "Till They Come Home," which captures the impact of war on military families, walking the line between patriotism and unquestioning nationalism. On "God Bless the Soldier," however, she crosses that line with a strained analogy between Christian and military sacrifice. But her sentiments are nothing if not genuine--and she's got the vocal and instrumental chops to bring those emotions all he way home. --Roy Kasten

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Dubbed The New Queen of Bluegrass by The Wall Street Journal, Rhonda Vincent delivers hard-driving bluegrass and soothing ballads, including three originals, on her new CD All American Bluegrass Girl. Six-time International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year ,Rhonda Vincent continues her tradition of exciting bluegrass music with a contemporary edge. All American Bluegrass Girl features a guest appearance by Dolly Parton on Heartbreaker Alibi and by bluegrass legend Bobby Osborne on Midnight Angel. This collection delivers fresh, exciting bluegrass from start to finish. Rhonda Vincent is the All-American Bluegrass Girl.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First ever review August 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have hundreds of cd's many of them purchased from Amazon and many of them bluegrass but I have never been moved to write a review before. In my opinion All American Bluegrass Girl is a fabulous album with amazing music. Rhonda sings beautifully and some of the instrumentals and riffs are fantastic.I visit the mountains of Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee each year and this (commercial) cd is the closest I have heard to the "real thing". Well done Rhonda and your team, keep up the good work, I hope that you will get more recognition through this album, especially here in the UK. To the people who complain about the gospel and military songs, visit the real bluegrass areas especially in NC and Eastern Kentucky and you might understand where they come from.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best album yet June 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
As previously stated, I am a traditionalist bordering on a dinasaur. I have been following Rhonda Vincent from her earlier pure bluegrass albums, through her efforts to reinvent herself as a Nashville diva & back toward to her present CD. Although the earlier efforts were uneven, she has never gotten credit for her pure talents. The best evidence I think is where she does covers of other artist's hits. Her renditions of "Don't Lie" & "When I Close My Eyes" put Trace Adkins & Kenny Chesney, respective versions to shame. This CD contains the best song selection, the best production (no attempts to overproduce like most of Nashville these days) & best vocals by Ms. Vincent. As far as the cover photo, since when has it been a bad idea for an attractive woman to get dressed up & look glamorous?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More bluegrass than Alison Krauss June 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have no problems with the reviewer who hates gospel songs and bluegrass (capital B), although he failed to really review the cd and seemed to critique himself.

I can see why he would like Alison Krauss rather than Rhonda Vincent since about 60% of the later Krauss cds are more pop than bluegrass. A rule of thumb is if she sings it more pop and if Dan Tyminshi sings it is more bluegrass.

This Vincent cd is pure contemporary bluegrass with maybe a dash of pop/country in some songs. Her song selection and the band are top notch. Her mandolin playing is solid but is not amazing as is Ron McCoury, Sam Bush or David Grisman.

As far as the controversy about the cover and what she is wearing: Grow up America!
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Prime Cuts: Til They Come Home, Forever Ain't That Long Anymore, Don't Act

Spotting a million-dollar polish pose donned with a sultry rock chic look, Vincent's glossy album cover looks like it belongs to a Ashlee Simpson's photo shoot. But bluegrass purists fret not, for "All American Bluegrass Girl" is a solid bluegrass effort with a searing contemporary edge. If one needs convincing, on the title cut, Vincent pledges her allegiance to the genre when she sings: "Each morning I greet the mornin'/Lester Flatt was singing/on the Martha White show/Big K on the banjo/I'm an all American bluegrass girl/and proud of where I've been." Backed by her impeccable The Rage band and producing this set with her brother Darrin Vincent, "All American Bluegrass Girl" is a tight set with fervid sounding uptempoes as well as some heart stirring ballads.

Instead of just name dropping, Vincent actually calls in one of bluegrass' pioneers Bobby Osborne to duet with her on "Midnight Angel." Though Vincent has had cut this tune before, this new rendition boasts an augmented verse courtesy of brother, Brian Vincent. Further, Osborne is not the only musical elite to share the microphone with Vincent, but close friend Dolly Parton also makes an appearance. Though billed as a duet, in reality Parton merely adds harmony to the chorus of "Heartbreak Alibi." A turgid number with fiddles performed at bullet speed, "Heartbreaker's Alibi" finds the ladies giving a two-timing creep a verbal showdown.

However, the album's showstoppers are actually the ballads. Though there may have thousands of songs dedicated to expounding the angst of a broken heart, "Forever Ain't That Long Anymore" ushers in a hermeneutic that is illuminating and assuaging.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars solid work, but left me wanting more. June 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I saw Rhonda Vincent & the Rage live this spring, and it confirmed my opinion that she's the best blugrass artist on the planet. She and the band, 3 microphones, and 2 hours later I still wasn't ready for it to end.

All American Bluegrass Girl is a rock solid album, with excellent production values. There's a good mix of ballad, uptempo, religous, and patriotic songs, perfomed by the best band in the world.

Why then, did I feel let down? After listening to her live album for most of the last year, my expectations werre pretty high. Rhonda & the band feed off each other and the audience during her live shows, and that excitement is nearly impossible to replicate in the studio. I put the cd in expecting that rush, and it wasn't there.

If you like Rhonda, or if you like bluegrass, you won't be disappointed. but if you get the chance to see Rhonda live, do it. It may be the best show on earth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful album June 6, 2006
By Martin
Format:Audio CD
The album starts with two first rate songs , the title track "All American Bluegrass Girl" and "Forever Ain't That Long Any More". The whole album has excellent musicianship, excellent songwriting and excellent vocals. Rhonda Vincent is bluegrass through and through. If you like good bluegrass, then this album is up there with the best. The cover- who cares. What matters is the great music inside.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music and a valuable addition to my collection.
Published 2 months ago by Rkellerhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars All American Bluegrass Girl
Fantastic CD, but then I knew it would be. I like most all of her songs, and her band is outstanding. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Edward H. Sigmund
2.0 out of 5 stars It Was Not AS Good As I Thought It Would Be
I love to hear Rhonda Vincent. I would hear her songs on the radio and love them. I ended up buying 5 CDs to get all of her hits. Read more
Published 6 months ago by AndyC
3.0 out of 5 stars Bluegrass
I feel this is not so much Bluegrass but more contemporary mainstream country. There are some good tracks and high production values but I believe it somehow missed the mark.
Published 7 months ago by John Nemarich
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Rhonda and her group are amazing in their singing and musical talent. Great songs sung by a lady with a great voice. Bluegrass at its best!!
Published 8 months ago by Cathy Lamb
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album
This is real bluegrass! I really like that she has Bobby Osborne on Midnight Angel. Haven't heard him in a long time.
Published 14 months ago by Linda Davenport
4.0 out of 5 stars All American Bluegrass Girl is Great
Really enjoyed most of the song, a couple that I wasn't too crazy about, but overall it was great.
I love Rhonda Vincent, she puts so much into her singing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by george potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Bluegrass Special
This is truly an All-American Bluegrass Girl and she proves every word of it on this CD...simply Excellent and fun to listen to!!!
Published 15 months ago by Mary Schnaubelt
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic from Rhonda
Rhonda says that the theme of the album is American, which is of course a fairly wide subject, but if she hadn't said so in her comments, I don't think I would have seen an obvious... Read more
Published on May 31, 2011 by Peter Durward Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Spunky, tear-jerking, movin'-tunes....blooo-grass
I love the song Midnight Angel which is why I purchased this recording, it also has some beautiful heartfelt songs giving thanks to our soldiers which make my tears flow every... Read more
Published on October 28, 2009 by G. Wilson
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Rhonda is a very beautiful women. I love the photos.
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