Trouble Free

Trouble Free

by Rhonda VincentRhonda Vincent


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Rhonda Vincent is a bluegrass prodigy who has been a favorite on the string band festival circuit for years. Her 1994 album for Giant Records found her being pushed a little too forcibly toward the country mainstream; still, on occasion, the specialness of her hard-country twang shined through. With Trouble Free, she fulfills her promise with soaring beauty. Co-producer (and Giant Records chief) James Stroud backs off and allows Vincent to explore a traditional country terrain that encompasses the fierce, severe magnificence of bluegrass and the sorrowful whine of honky tonk heartbreak. Vincent excels at both, showing the same kind of hard, soulful splendor that Keith Whitley displayed when he evolved from bluegrass to traditional country. Vincent's guests pretty much define her tastes: She performs a duet with Randy Travis -- in his best performance in years -- and, elsewhere, enjoys harmony support from Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton. Vincent and Krauss have been linked for years (Vincent was one a runner-up in a bluegrass contest that Krauss won). Krauss' commercial success certainly helped renew Giant's belief that Vincent, too, could attract a larger mainstream audience. But the two aren't that similar as vocalists. Where Krauss' voice is sweet and pure, Vincent's is twangy and aggressive. What they share is a commitment to musical integrity.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/06/1996
Label: Giant Records / Wea
UPC: 0075992463027
catalogNumber: 24630
Rank: 54772

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rhonda Vincent   Primary Artist,Vocal Harmony
Alison Krauss   Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
Dolly Parton   Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
Randy Travis   Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
Matt Rollings   Piano
Richard Landis   Tambourine
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Curtis Wright   Vocal Harmony
Jon Mohr   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Larry Byrom   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Carolee Cooper   Background Vocals
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Paul Leim   Drums
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Darrin Vincent   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Norah Lee Allen   Background Vocals
Michael Black   Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Richard Landis   Producer
Julian King   Engineer
Lynn Peterzell   Engineer
Csaba Petocz   Engineer
James Stroud   Producer
Simon Levy   Art Direction

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