Rhonda Vincent Memory Bank

Memory Bank - January 28, 2015- The Villages, FL 

January 28, 2015 - The Villages, FL - We we’re performing in Florida, had the next day off, and noticed Merle Haggard was performing at The Villages in Florida.  I searched for tickets, and it was sold out.  It was 1:30am, and I remembered meeting Merle’s driver Ray McDonald who came to our show years before.  Found his number in my phone and called. Ray answered, I explained how we would love to come to the show, but it was sold out.  Then I told him we would even love the chance to open the show.  Ray simply said he would talk to Chief.  We stayed overnight 4 hours away, and at 10am Ray called back and said Merle said to be at sound check at 2pm 

We had only enough time to make it.  I woke up the driver and we made our way to see our hero and open the show.  As soon as our bus pulled in, Merle’s wife Teresa came and said Merle wants to see you.  She took me to Merle’s bus, where he was sitting at the back lounge table.  We had a nice visit, he told me about a song he had for me, and then it was time for sound check.  Merle watched our sound check, and even played Hunters fiddle.  He was so kind, and took photos with the entire band.  We opened the show that night, and then sat by the side of the stage in awe as we watched and listened to our hero Merle Haggard.   

Remembering the late great Merle Haggard April 6, 1937 - April 6, 2016

 

Memory Bank - February 28, 2011 

Memory Bank 2011 - First Day of Recording 2/28/2011 with Grand Ole Opry Star and one of the greatest vocalists in Country Music - Gene Watson & Rhonda Vincent began recording their first all duet project “Your Money & My Good Looks”. The project debuted on the main stream Country Billboard Charts, and the incredible sales of the project is proof that people love REAL COUNTRY MUSIC!!! Check out the back cover where George Jones states “It’s the REAL DEAL!” Available at www.RhondaVincent.com

 

Memory Bank - February 28, 2020 

Invited by my dear friend Jeannie Seely on February 28, 2020. The induction was scheduled for March 24, 2020, but instead I was inducted after an historic 343 days, (the longest time in the history of the Grand Ole Opry that anyone had ever waited to be inducted.) But it didn't matter, I had been invited, and for that I was so very thankful. Thank you Grand Ole Opry and photographer Chris Hollo for capturing this moment. My heart bursts with joy when I look at these photos. Rhonda Vincent - Grand Ole Opry Member

Memory Bank - January 26, 2018  

The Grand Ole Opry opened a venue in Times Square in New York City.  The Rage and I were invited to play along with the mega talented Vince Gill.  As we arrived in New York City, I received a great surprise. A car would pick me up and as I got inside there was Colin Reed - a top executive with the Opry and all of Ryman Hospitality Properties and radio personality Bill Cody. We were going to the New York Stock Exchange to ring the closing bell. Security is very tight there, and I was given a list of rules to follow. One of the most important was not to answer my phone, (which became an issue). The Stock Exchange is so beautiful, exquisitely enhanced with its decor. As I was gazing all around, taking in the magnificence of this experience, I see my phone is ringing, and it reads - “Dolly Parton”. What shall I do? Of course, I answered my phone. It was Dolly’s office inviting me to a recording session Dolly would be doing the next week. “Yes!” I whispered, “I’ll be there,” then quickly rejoined the executives, board members, and celebrities of RHP.  My tummy was in tangles for fear I would be thrown out of the Stock Exchange and be so embarrassed in front of everyone from RHP, and my mind was racing a thousand miles an hour.  The time was getting closer for the closing bell. We were given new instructions for the closing bell ceremony.  At exactly 3:58pm est we were live on camera, at a most historic moment for me, ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
 

 

Memory Bank: January 2000  

Artist: Rhonda Vincent releases her first Rounder Records album “Back Home Again”. It’s a return to her roots from the country music projects that were released in the previous years. This album solved the mystery behind the question everyone was asking - “Are you country or are you bluegrass?” It’s also difficult to find loyal band members when you are forming a brand new group with few dates. As Vincent signed with a Nashville booking agent, they would tout, “Who’s in the band of the week?” Not an easy time for this new artist, even though she had been performing since she was three years old. That was with her family. 

January 2000 is where Rhonda Vincent began her journey as a solo bluegrass artist. It starts with the music and “Back Home Again” is project One for Rhonda Vincent on Rounder Records - released January 2000.