Sunday, October 05, 2014

Farewell to a Bluegrass Patriarch

CATEGORY:   Obituary

"Mom always says she took us off the bottle and put us on bluegrass," Rhonda Vincent told Heather Berry in a 2007 interview before the Sally Mountain Park Bluegrass Festival.  

The Vincent family has music in their souls.  It's obvious to the world thanks to the "Queen of Bluegrass," Rhonda Vincent, winner of countless awards in IBMA and SPBGMA, as well as her younger brother, Darrin, who is half of Dailey and Vincent (another multiple award-winning bluegrass act).  

People in Missouri knew it, too.  Johnny Vincent, the family patriarch, played banjo in a band called the Lazy River Boys with his dad and uncle.  Once Rhonda and Darrin were old enough to hold an instrument they played, too.  Johnny's wife, Carolyn, played bass in the family outfit.  The roots of the reigning "first family" of bluegrass were firmly planted and nurtured.

Johnny Vincent died this morning (10/5) after a long illness.

The elder Vincent was a frequent guest on his daughter's recordings.  He fulfilled his dream of hosting a bluegrass festival, which featured his famous children as headliners as well as the Vincent family band (Johnny and Carolyn, Rhonda, Darrin, and baby brother Brian) performing, as well as several top names in bluegrass music.

(Johnny Vincent on banjo plays with his children Brian [mandolin], Darrin [bass] and Rhonda on Rhonda's Grand Ole Opry debut)

Johnny Vincent's funeral will be held Wednesday.

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