Hunter Berry, fiddle player and larger-than-life personality with Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, is set to record a live album on November 24 at The Carter Fold in Hiltons, VA. This special show will be staged at 3:00 p.m. (EST), billed as Hunter Berry & Friends featuring Rhonda Vincent & The Rage.
This will be Hunter’s first solo project since his Wow Baby CD in 2007. It will be tracked live with Rhonda and the Rage, with the addition of Adam Steffey on mandolin.
Hunter tells us that while he hasn’t nailed down every song they plan to cut just yet, the wider outline is set as a mix of vocals and fiddle numbers. So far, he will be fiddling on Black Mountain Rag, Sally Garden, and Me Too (a new tune of his), with several Ragers contributing vocally. Rhonda will sing one or two, though they haven’t finalized which of several they will be. Josh Williams will sing the Norman Blake classic, Ginseng Sullivan, and Going To Work In Tall Buildings from John Hartford. Rage bassist Mickey Harris will sing Jimmy Martin’s Tennessee – with Hunter contributing bass vocal. Sally Berrry, Hunter’s wife and Rhonda’s daughter, is also expected to voice one for the recording.
This will be a self-produced project which Berry says he expects will be available early in the new year.
Tickets to the special afternoon show on the 24th are available from the Carter Fold online. Adult admission is $10, $5 for ETSU students (with ID) and ages 7-11, with children under 6 admitted for free.
An assurance for those familiar with the venue: no dancing will be allowed during Hunter’s live show.