Rhonda Vincent headlines benefit concert

Staff Writer
Multi-award-winning bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent is coming to the Davis Event Center, along with several other contemporary bluegrass musicians.
Vincent will be joined by Doyle Lawson amp& Quicksilver, Primitive Quartet and Paul Williams and the Victory Trio as part of the annual ICC Benefit Concert for the Regional Rehabilitation Center on Saturday, March 7, from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
General admission for the event is $15, and package options are available for large groups. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Regional Rehabilitation Center, which provides free services to 26 counties in North Mississippi.
Early start
Vincent began her musical career as a small child, playing in her family’s band. Since those early days, she has built her career around playing traditional bluegrass music, winning myriad female vocalist honors from the Society of the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association (SPBGMA).
Her albums include 2000’s “Back Home Again” and 2001’s “The Storm Still Rages,” which helped her win the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award.
Also performing that night will be Doyle Lawson amp& Quicksilver, bringing to Itawamba County more than 30 years of bluegrass experience. Over those three decades, the group has performed for thousands and has been awarded “Vocal Group of the Year” by the IBMA seven consecutive times.
The group has also been named as IBMA’s “Gospel Performance of the Year” three years in a row, with recording projects.
Lawson’s latest recording, “Help Is on the Way,” released in spring, 2008, recently became the recording’s first No. 1 song on Southern Gospel Music’s Singing News Magazine National Top 80 Radio Airplay Chart.
Following Lawson will be the Primitive Quartet, who have been performing traditional bluegrass music for more than 35 years.
The quartet was formed during a fishing trip when the friends would sit around a campfire at night and sing.
Today the group travels approximately 50,000 miles each year, performing about 150 shows annually.
The group writes its own music, which its members categorizes as “traditional mountain shape note style singing accompanied by acoustical instruments including the mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitars and acoustic bass.”
Lastly, Paul and The Victory Trio will perform the same gospel bluegrass that have earned the group numerous nominations for bluegrass and gospel albums of the year from the SPBGMA and the IBMA.
In 2008, the group was nominated for a Dove award by the Gospel Music Association. For three consecutive years, the group has been awarded SPBGMA’s amp”Traditional Bluegrass Gospel Group Of The Yearamp” award.
For more information on the concert, call 862-3711 or 862-8271.
Adam Armour can be reached at 862-3141 or by e-mailing adam.armour@itawamba360.com.

Adam Armour

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