"You Can't Take It With You When You Go" being played on CMT brought Rhonda to my attention. But hearing Kentucky Borderline played live at a local radio station event blew me away and I haven't looked back.
I first heard Rhonda at Gettysburg and started to fall in love, but when I got "Back Home again" and heard "Land Where No Cabins Fall" I became a full fledged Rager.
Mine wasn't a song, but Rhonda's approachability. I've always been kind of a fan but when I saw her at Wind Gap a few years back and she signed and took pictures with anyone and everyone (it seemed like everyone anyway, when you were waiting in line, lol). The very next day I began posting on the message board and you all welcomed me.
I remember that day in 2002 like it was yesterday. I was watching CMT when a Video came on and I said to myself...Who is that singing? I watched til the end so I could see who it was. On the TV it was Rhonda Vincent singing "I'm Not Over You". I didn't have the Internet at home then only at work (couldn't pay two bills) so, I looked her up and she was going to play at Harry & Scott from Buffalo's Festival in Warsaw, NY the next Spring. We went and it rained all day (Pop-pop was probably there) I haven't been over her either! I glad I was watching CMT that day, I hate to think of all the fun I would have missed and all the People I never would have met. Mike G.
JOLIENE, heard it on the radio
My family had seen Rhonda Vincent on the Opry. So at their recommendation I bought “Back Home Again” I loved the first song I heard “Lonesome Wind Blues”. My first show was in 2002 at Lewisburg WV. I have many favorite songs but LWB was my first favorite
What a great thread. We had heard Rhonda on CMT and had always liked her songs, but it wasn't one particular song that made us a Rager. On March 16, 2003, way up here in the North, Tommy Hunter had a special on CBC "Talk About the Good Times".........Tommy is known as "The Canadian Country Gentleman". We were excited to watch and even tape this special as Don's 1st banjo student Sally (Shortt) Ryba was performing on the show with one of her banjo students 11 year old Issac Balsan as well 9 year old fiddler Tom Fitzgerald, whom we had watch grow up on Don’s parents Orono Fair Jamborees. What a great show, and Rhonda did a superb job……..so did Sally and the boys.
That August we made our first trip to Gettysburg PA for their festival. Listening to Rhonda sing gave both Don & I chills. After the show standing in line, with our son & daughter to get a photo and an autograph, neither one of us could believe her approachability. She took the time to talk to everyone and never rushed them off. You knew right then and there that this young woman had not ever forgotten her roots. She treated everyone like family and with respect. I think for us that was the clincher. We have been fans ever since.
At the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in 2006, she and Hunter jammed with some Canadians (Lee, Matt, & Darryl from Timmins Ontario, and of course you know who……Don Adams from Port Perry, Ontario) under the MW Boutique. There was a huge crowd listening, and I have never heard so many comments about that small gesture. People could not believe that a person of her recognition would take the time to jam with fans. People are still talking about that moment.
We would read the message board but never had the nerve to get on and post anything (even Don………isn’t that amazing!!). It took us until 2007 before we ever posted anything on the board. We were welcomed by everybody and the rest I guess you could say is history…………We are now full fledged “Ragers “.
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