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Grammy award-winning bluegrass band comes to Wachholz Center

| March 2, 2023 12:00 AM

The 2017 Grammy award winner for Best Bluegrass Album, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, is coming to Kalispell in April.

The band performs at the Wachholz College Center on the campus of the Flathead Valley Community College at 7:30 p.m. April 22.

Vincent is a firecracker of talent that powers one of the hottest bands in any genre of music today. From humble beginnings in the tiny town of Greentop, Missouri, Rhonda’s musical heritage traces back five generations of the Vincent family.

She began her professional music career singing in her family’s band The Sally Mountain Show. It was an immediate “on-the-job training,” as they had a TV show, radio show, and made their first recording when Vincent was 5 years old.

Vincent’s life of music evolved into a successful career in bluegrass music, after being discovered by Grand Ole Opry Star “Jim Ed Brown,” and later spending what she calls her musical college years recording for Giant Records, and learning about the music business from Nashville’s best like James Stroud, Jack McFadden, and Stan Barnett.

It was her pivotal bluegrass album “Back Home Again” that transformed Vincent into the All American Bluegrass Girl, and crowned the New Queen of Bluegrass by “The Wall Street Journal” in 2000. A multi-award winner, with a 2017 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, an Entertainer of the Year 2001, Song of the Year 2004, and unprecedented seven consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association 2000 through 2006 and an eighth win of IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 2015.

Her lifelong dream came true when she was invited to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry on Feb. 28, 2020. Vincent waited an unprecedented 345 days and was officially inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on Feb. 6, 2021.

Her powerful vocal style transcends the boundaries of bluegrass music, as evidenced in her collaboration with Dolly Parton on the Elton John/Bernie Taupin Tribute Project “Restoration” 2018.

Tickets for the show range from $39 to $49.

For more information visit wachholzcollegecenter.org or by phone at 406-756-1400.

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