Rhonda and The Ramblers at The Ryman

Joe Mullins and Rhonda Vincent at Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman - photo by Daniel MullinsThe Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman series continued this past Thursday, July 12th as fans and colleagues gathered to celebrate Rhonda Vincent’s 50th Birthday! Her family surprised her outside of the Ryman with a brand new convertible bearing the license plate “RV-BG”.

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers kicked the night off with their brand of traditional bluegrass and gospel music. The Radio Ramblers included many new songs which were well-received by all in attendance. The Radio Ramblers payed homage to the historic auditorium when Adam McIntosh played a signature Ryman guitar, made with wood from the original Ryman pews, for one song. The Radio Ramblers signature harmonies resonated on the stage where bluegrass was born. The All-American Birthday Girl even joined Joe and the Ramblers on stage for their song, We Missed You In Church Last Sunday.

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage pulled out all the stops at The Ryman. Kicking off their performance with Ragin’ Live For You Tonight, and that’s just what they did! Her all-star band showcased why Rhonda Vincent & The Rage are one of the best things about bluegrass music today. A highlight of their show came when the audience demanded an encore performance of Rhonda’s original a cappella song, His Promised Land.

Rhonda also features her friend, country singer, Billy Dean, on stage for a few songs. Rhonda’s bubbly personality and powerhouse vocals showed why she is the undisputed Queen of Bluegrass. To close out the night, Rhonda invited her mother, Carolyn; daughters, Tensel and Sally; Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers; country royalty, Jean Shepard and Jeannie Pruett; and Billy Dean all on stage for a medley of favorite hymns.

It was a very memorable night for all in attendance. Enjoy the photos, and if you haven’t yet, make sure you wish Rhonda a Happy Birthday on Facebook or Twitter.

The Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman series continues next week with Dailey & Vincent.

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Daniel Mullins

Daniel is from southwestern Ohio and has been around bluegrass his entire life. He manages the Classic Country Connection, a music store in southern Ohio which specializes in bluegrass, classic country, gospel, and Americana music. He is the host of the Bending The Strings radio program, which plays a variety of bluegrass, newgrass, and Americana music. He also maintains the website for Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers. photo by LuAnn Adams