Rhonda Vincent has today released a new single to radio, her bluegrass version of the Merle Haggard classic, Mama Tried.
Like so many country and bluegrass artists, Rhonda had been a lifelong Haggard fan, and had the opportunity to meet and open a show for him just last year.
As her personal tribute to the recently departed Hag, she and her band recorded Mama Tried, now available as a single to radio through Airplay Direct. It’s very true to Haggard’s original arrangement, but with a bluegrass beat. Like so many of Merle’s songs, it converts to a grass feel with very little modification.
Rhonda was joined in the studio by The Rage: Hunter Berry on fiddle, Josh Williams on guitar, Aaron McDaris on banjo, Mickey Harris on bass, and Brent Burke on reso-guitar. Harmony vocals were provided by Vincent’s daughter, Sally Berry, and the great Sonny Osborne.
A world-wide single release is anticipated in the near future, but you can bet you’ll be hearing it right away on bluegrass and classic country radio.