Rhonda Vincent celebrates 50 at The Ryman

So how many people get a brand new car on their 50th Birthday?  I’m betting there’s a good number of people that may have gotten new vehicles as presents.  But when you are 50 and you’ve never gotten an NEW vehicle, it’s a big deal.  Especially when you are the Queen of Bluegrass music!

Rhonda Vincent stepped out of her bus on Thursday, July 12 and was escorted by her husband Herb to a red 2012 Chrysler 200S, Special Edition hard top convertible.  Herb had to hide this vehicle from her for the last 6+ months. Rhonda was very surprised and even asked me if I knew about it.

Later, the Bluegrass Queen and her group The Rage would perform to an almost packed house at The Ryman Auditorium.  She has been a KSM44A ambassador  for many years. Performing well over 200 dates a year, it seems like her tour never ends.  She takes a short time to record and then it’s back out on the circuit. I receive regular emails from her with a photo of her singing on the KSM44A at various shows.  (Thanks Rhonda, keep em coming!)

Her band just keeps getting better and now they travel with a dobro player for the first time in the groups’ history. The group has been using the PSM900 for monitors and the SE535 for earphones.  I was able to grab a few photos here and there throughout the evening.  Once in a while, I get an artistic photo and I was lucky to catch a moment when there was no one in front of Rhonda’s mic and the house was empty with the lights on.  Pretty cool shots.

It’s great to be able to work with an artist for a long time and watch them evolve.  Rhonda is a tireless performer and always puts on a great show.   She has just released a live CD entitled Sunday Mornin’ Singin Live, which has Shure mics in use.  You can visit her site and order a copy or 5 for yourself and your family.  www.rhondavincent.com

Ryan Smith

Ryan is a Regional Manager of Artist Relations at the Shure office in Nashville, TN. He started at Shure in 1993 in Customer Service and joined the AR team in 1996. Ryan has over 30 years of performance experience playing drums and percussion in various groups and genres. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, watching movies, videography, and camping with his family. His Twitter handle is @ryan_smith1969.

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