Monday, December 23, 2013

Sights and Sounds: Johnny Cash, Rhonda Vincent

Even with the arrival of Christmas this week, there is exciting news for music fans wondering what new releases are coming in 2014...

Lost Johnny Cash Album to see release in March 2014

For fans of the Man in Black, Christmas has come a few days early courtesy of the announcement that a full-length album from Johnny Cash will be released by Legacy Recordings/Sony Music on March 25, 2014.

Comprised of a dozen recently-discovered studio recordings, Out Among the Stars boasts songs recorded in 1981 and in 1984. Several of the songs are reportedly duets which feature Cash joining forces with June Carter Cash or Waylon Jennings. Check out George A. Paul's Music Minded blog post here to get all the details on this exciting release. 

Rhonda Vincent set to release new album 'Only Me' on January 28, 2014

2-Disc set features mixture of bluegrass and country; features songs with Willie Nelson and Daryle Singletary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 23, 2013) – 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.  Only Me will be released on Upper Management Music, and available where all music is sold on January 28, 2014.
Sticking with her musical roots, Rhonda is joined by Daryle Singletary on “We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds,” while Willie Nelson adds vocals and a guitar solo to the title track. 
“The Bluegrass pickers on this song are some of the best that I have ever heard. When I think of Bluegrass, this is the sound that I hear,” says Willie Nelson.  “Rhonda’s voice is beautiful. I am thankful for her letting me be a part of it all.”
Track Listing:

Disc One/Bluegrass 
1.   Busy City
2.   I’d Rather Hear I Don’t Love You (Than Nothing At All)
3.   Only Me (Featuring Willie Nelson)
4.   I Need Somebody Bad Tonight
5.   We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds (Featuring Daryle Singletary)
6.   It’s Never Too Late
Musician Credits:
Hunter Berry - fiddles
Brent Burke - resophonic guitar
Mickey Harris - upright bass
Aaron McDaris - banjo
Rhonda Vincent - mandolin
Josh Williams - acoustic guitar 
Disc Two/Country
1.    Teardrops Over You
2.    Once A Day
3.    Beneath Still Waters
4.    Bright Lights & Country Music
5.    When The Grass Grows Over Me
6.    Drivin’ Nails
Musician Credits: 
Tim Crouch - fiddles
Kevin Grantt - upright bass
Carl Jackson - acoustic guitar
Mike Johnson - steel guitar
Catherine Marx - piano (all songs except Drivin' Nails)
James Mitchell - electric guitar
Michael Rojas - piano (Drivin' Nails)
Lonnie Wilson - drums
This project answers the question of whether Rhonda’s voice is bluegrass or country; by confirming, “it’s in the perception of the listener.”   Titled Only Me to further make the statement that either way, bluegrass or country, it’s Rhonda!

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