Back Home Again
Rhonda Vincent#11611-0460-2 Rounder Records
One Camp Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
It's getting to be an old familiar story: an artist who comes up through the ranks of bluegrass music, enters country music, and becomes disillusioned with the homogenization of country music. After several years, the artist returns to bluegrass and makes one of the more memorable albums of the year.
In this case the artist is Rhonda Vincent, and the album is Back Home Again. Joined by players like Marc Pruett, Bryan Sutton, Luke Bulla, Glen Duncan, Jerry Douglas and more, Vincent has put together one great collection of bluegrass. Brother Darrin (who plays with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder), joins Rhonda for some great harmony work. There really is something special about the blending of siblings' voices. Pulling tunes like Dolly Parton's Jolene and When I Close My Eyes from the country world, Vincent gives them new warmth with the acoustic arrangements. Passing Of The Train is a great train song, punctuated by Ron Stewart's great work on fiddle AND banjo!
For a first rate, touching ballad, it's hard to beat Rhonda's treatment of You Don't Know How Lucky You Are. The first time I played this album, this cut got five or six repeats. Its simple beauty and message, along with Douglas' Dobro accompaniment, will stop you dead in your tracks.
Vincent has called Back Home Again "the first recording of the 17 albums I've made that truly captures my music, style, and voice." It's a solid album that leaves you feeling good every time you listen to it. It's great to have you back home again, Rhonda, this time to stay.
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Edited by Roberta B. Schwartz