McDarris, Helson join The Rage

Aaron McDarisAs has been widely speculated this past few weeks, Rhonda Vincent has confirmed that Aaron McDaris is her new banjo player, and that Ben Helson is taking the guitar spot. Both take the job effective today (11/24).

McDaris had been performing as a member of The Grascals and Helson leaves Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder to join up with Rhonda. Both young men have been bluegrass performers since they were in their teens and bring many years of professional experience to the band.

Ben HelsonThe Vincent announcement indicates that this latest version of The Rage has already been at work with her in the studio, and that her next project will for the first time be recorded wholly by her touring band, with no special guests.

They join other current members Mickey Harris on bass, Hunter Berry on fiddle and, of course, Rhonda Vincent on mandolin and lead vocals.

Rhonda and her new team will spend more time in the studio this next few weeks, before hitting the road again in January ’09.

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