Bluegrass Special – July 09

by | 3 Jul, 2009

BluegrassSpecialThe July edition of Bluegrass Special is now available on the web.

What more could an ostensibly bluegrass publication ask than to have on its cover the queen of bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent? Well, we got her, via cell phone as she was driving from St. Louis to Nashville. And just as the innovation of new modes of communication enabled our interview-on-the-run, so has Ms. Vincent embraced a host of new technologies herself, everything from webcasting her recording sessions to online chats with fans visiting her website to sequencing her album via iTunes. But when it came to recording her wonderful new album, Destination Life, Rhonda went back to the basics of recording live in the studio with a bare minimum of overdubs, as a way to break in two impressive new members of her band the Rage, banjo master Aaron McDaris and guitar phenom Ben Helson. In our cover story, Ms. Vincent discusses all of these topics and more as she rolls down the highway. We were delighted to be invited along for the ride, in a manner of speaking. David McGee – Bluegrass Special.