Just last month, I wrote about Rhonda becoming the 2014 inductee into the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s Hall of Greats (article here).
I just happened to look up this month’s schedule for Music City Roots and Rhonda was headlining the show on March 12.
That day, I loaded up the video gear to grab an interview with Rhonda. I was also able to grab some b-roll footage of their soundcheck for the interview video, which should be up by early April.
After their soundcheck, I was invited to lunch with Rhonda and her band The Rage at the Loveless Cafe. Their biscuits are pretty amazing! I can’t leave for the night without bringing home a dozen fresh ones in the car, complete with 3 types of preserves: strawberry, blackberry, and my favorite: peach.
(Is your mouth watering yet?)
If you are not planning a visit anytime soon, you can order the biscuit mix and preserves online at the link above.
After the interview, the show started around 7 pm. Always interested to hear new talent, my ear caught the amazing voice of opening artist Teea Goans. She was joined onstage during her set by Shure Artist Jamie Dailey of Dailey and Vincent. Keep your eyes and ears out for her.
Rhonda’s set was as impressive as ever. The crowd loved it, and the group sounded amazing through their complement of Shure products on stage. There were 3 KSM44A on stage for lead vocal, fiddle, and banjo. The acoustic guitar was covered by the KSM137/SL and the dobro, a KSM141/SL. Backing vocals were handled by the SM86. Yes, that is a stage covered entirely with condenser microphones!
Music City Roots engineer Andrea “Vito” Carena mixed them beautifully. He explained, “I was a bit worried about a stage full of condensers and feedback, but it turned out quite the opposite.”
Here’s a video from the performance of the group covering Ernest Tubb’s “Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin.” You can also hear this on her new double CD entitled “Only Me.”