Politics and Bluegrass at Podunk

Taken - Rhonda VincentA few NorthEastern blogs are abuzz with the name, Rhonda Vincent. Sadly, it’s not her music they’re talking about. What has them all stirred up is an action she took at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival this last Saturday.

During the course of her set on Saturday, Rhonda invited Mary Glassman onto the stage to join the band on the tune The Passing of the Train. Glassman provided the train-whistle sound effects during the course of the song. When Glassman first stepped on stage, Rhonda introduced her as a candidate for lieutenant governor in Connecticut.

During a short break between Rhonda’s set and Ricky Skaggs, the Mayor of East Hartford, Melody Currey, took to the stage and apologized to the festival audience for politics having intruded into the event. Mayor Currey is a supporter of Glassman’s opponent in the primaries, which are taking place today.

It’s unclear why Rhonda invited Glassman to join the band on this song, especially considering the poor quality of the candidate’s train whistle.

Below is video of the performance, judge for yourself…