Rhonda Vincent happy to be on the road again

Rhonda Vincent is done being lazy.

December is the only month her band, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, take time off the road.

"We're lazy the whole month of December because I have no schedule," said Vincent, who will perform Sunday at Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor. "This is the only time of the year I can do that. I can't say that very often.

"If I want to stay up late, I can, but I'll feel guilty. It's hard for me because I'm a workaholic."

Vincent is a bluegrass virtuoso. She can sing, and she plays mandolin, guitar and fiddle. She began her career as a child in her family's band, The Sally Mountain Show.

Performing is what she knows best.

During our interview in mid-December, Vincent was trying to keep busy. She was paying bills and listening to "Willie's Place," Willie Nelson's radio station on XM Radio. She also was passing time by playing games on Facebook and shopping for birthday and Christmas gifts.

One of the gifts she was searching for: Gut strings for a daughter's bass guitar.

And a bass amp.

"Both of my daughters are in a band called Next Best Thing," Vincent said of Sally, 23, and Tensel, 21. "They're going to record another album.

"I'm excited for them. They had no interest (in playing music) until a couple of years ago."

Vincent said she's talked with her daughters about recording a trio album, kind of like what Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris did when they released "Trio" in 1987.

"How fun would that be to do with my daughters?" Vincent said. "We're throwing ideas around. I also need to bring my mom. That would be three generations together."

Vincent and The Rage have plans to record their own album this year. She said the band's new members - guitarist Ben Helson and banjoist Aaron McDaris, who joined in late 2008 - have found a groove with longtime players Mickey Harris (bass) and Hunter Berry (fiddle).

"Now we have a year under our belt," she said. "We have this unity."

They might make a trip together to the Grammy Awards ceremony. Vincent was looking into flights on her time off. It's her fifth nomination - this time for best bluegrass album ("Destination Life") - Vincent said.

"I would really love to snag that Grammy," she said. "I need to look at flights. I need to see where we are."

She's know where she'll be on the first weekend of 2010. It's the same every year.

She'll be on the road.

While she's at Bill's, Vincent might buy a post-Christmas gift for herself.

"The guys and I always like to go shopping at Bill's," she said. "I think I bought two guitars the last time I was there."

Her set probably inspired a few people to play their own.


Rhonda Vincent and The Rage

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor, 710 Meeting St., West Columbia

TICKETS: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

INFORMATION: (803) 796-6477