Long live the Queen!

Rhonda Vincent has been described as the Queen of Bluegrass Music on more than one occasion, but on September 1, it will become official. The folks who put on the National Old Time Country & Bluegrass Music Festival in Missouri Valley, IA have arranged for a crowning ceremony to take place during their event, at which time they will declare Rhonda to be The Reigning Queen Of Bluegrass Music.

Bob Everhart, who directs the festival, finds the honor to be well-deserved:

“Rhonda is an incredible person, and her talent is beyond belief when it comes to not only playing and performing the music she loves, but producing and promoting it as well. We haven’t had a figure in this style of music so powerful since Hank Williams Sr., left us the last of traditional country music when he passed away. There isn’t any doubt in any bluegrasser’s mind about who the reigning Queen of Bluegrass Music is, it’s Rhonda Vincent.”

In addition to receiving her crown, Rhonda Vincent will be inducted into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, along with her parents, Carolyn and Johnny Vincent, and her two brothers, Brian and Darrin Vincent.

When we contacted Rhonda to get her reaction, she was understandably floored.

“I just heard about this. WOW….an actual crown. Just like Miss America?

I’ve never had an actual crown before. I can’t wait to see it. This should be a fun event!”

The 31st National Old Time Bluegrass& Country Festival is held August 28-Sept 3, 2006, at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Missouri Valley, IA. They have shows scheduled with over 600 performers on 10 stages, with special Grand Ole Opry celebrity appearances expected from Jim Ed Brown, Jimmy C. Newman and Carlene Carter.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.