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Street Date: April 29, 2003

Rhonda Vincent's soon to be released CD, "One Step Ahead" is already one step ahead of the game with twelve well chosen songs, a host of great musicians, a stunning production and last but never least, the beautiful Rhonda Vincent's voice clearly shining to the forefront of each song.

The harmonies are an event in themselves.... voices in such perfect pitch that they are nothing short of stellar, each musician's instrument can be singled out, yet blends together sounding like a heavenly host backing a choir of angels.

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A well rounded production from Rounder Records, "One Step Ahead" is loaded to the brim with talent. It was produced by Darrin Vincent  & Rhonda Vincent. The album was Mixed by Bil Vorndick, Darrin Vincent and Rhonda Vincent (is there anything this gal can't do?) and Mastered by Hank Williams at Mastermix, Nashville. Top noted guest appearances from country greats such as Alison Krauss who chimes in harmony on the title song, "One Step Ahead of the Blues". You take all of this and add a host of talented musicians and you have nothing less than a sure fired HIT on your hands.

As for the song writers; Rhonda co-wrote 5 of the 12 songs (many with brother, Darrin Vincent), 2 songs are old standards, "Pathway of Teardrops" by Webb Pierce, June Hazlewood and Wayne Walker and "An Old Memory Found Its Way Back" by Melba Montgomery and Jerry Salley, which Rhonda sings with a heart full of ache that adds that much more credibility to the compositions.

Rhonda said, "This project was more challenging than any project I've put together before. Challenging because of a continuing touring schedule and the task of creating a new album that will exceed the escalating expectations. Add to the equation the desire to write new material and the juggling of the schedules of stellar musicians, studios and engineers, along with the schedule of my co-producer, Darrin Vincent, who is a member of the Grammy - Award winning group Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. Special thanks to all who shared their time and talents in the creation of our musical vision."

"One Step Ahead" is labeled "Bluegrass" but after listening to the montage of songs and styles of Rhonda Vincent, I don't believe one label is satisfactory to describe her music. Rhonda has her own style of Bluegrass which melds traditional "classic" country along with  down-home Bluegrass and creates creates the sweetest sound that can only be "pure Rhonda". Fans of any genre will welcome this CD into their homes and I predict it will spend a great deal of time on the stereo, in their computers, cars or wherever they may be, to play over and over for years to come.

I would be remiss if I didn't point out that the ballads on this album are all A-1 hits! Rhonda has the voice and depth of feeling that melts right into the heartache of a song, making it her heartache... as a listener, it's as though she is singing your pain. As a ballad lover from way back, these are by far my favorite songs on the album... then again, another song plays... all upbeat and toe-tappin' and I'm out of the dumps and back on top of the world again. "One Step Ahead" takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions that leaves you breathless and ready to get right back in line for more.

A truly great album is one that you never tire of, one that will last over and above other recordings for generations to come, becoming one of the "standards" that other recording artists will later use to measure for their own perfection. That puts "One Step Ahead"  one step up on the ladder of the legends of tomorrow.

Marlene Slater (Marli)
My Kind of Country
4-21-03

1. Kentucky Borderline

2. You Can't Take It With You
     When You Go

3. One Step Ahead of the Blues

4. Caught in the Crossfire

5. Ridin' the Red Line

6. Pathway of Teardrops

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7. An Old Memory Found Its Way
    Back

8. .Missouri Moon

9. Walking My Lord Up Calvary's Hill

10. Fishers of Men

11. Frankie Belle

12. The Martha White Song

p & 2003 Rounder Records Corp.

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