Big night for the Queen

Rhonda Vincent tells us that she had a big time this past Saturday at the Itawamba Community College Benefit Concert in Fulton, MS, where she had the chance to complete a vocal trio with bluegrass legends Paul Williams and Doyle Lawson.

This was the 12th year this event has been hosted to benefit the Regional Rehabilitation Center in nearby Tupelo, and Rhonda and the boys have been there the past six.

Vincent says that the long-running show is a labor of love for a loyal native son.

“The concert is hosted by legendary coach Buster Davis, who is an icon in the Fulton community. Mr. Davis has owned the Ford Dealership in Fulton for 56 years, and sells a large percentage of the tickets personally from his desk at the dealership. It is his passion to help the people of his community.

Attendance exceeded 3,000 and over $50,000 from the proceeds will go to the Regional Rehabilitation Center in Tupelo.”

The show ran all afternoon and evening, and Rhonda mentioned that another draw was the fine southern-style BBQ. She said that following great sets from Chuck Wagon Gang and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, she and the Rage did a set, with Paul Williams and The Victory Trio closing the show. Towards the end of his set, Williams called all the other performers up for a grand finale, which found Vincent sandwiched between the two bluegrass Gospel heroes.

“It’s an incredible event, and getting to sing with Doyle and Paul was a lifetime highlight. Our voices blended perfectly, and I loved singing with them!”

Sounds like a good’n. Here are a few more photos Rhonda sent along.

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