People say it is therapeutic to write your feelings down, as putting them on paper may help you work on them or get organized. For the American country music singer and songwriter Ashley Monroe, writing has always been a way for her to manage her feelings and emotions, mostly with anxiety.
In her new single Hard on a Heart and part of her new album Sparrow, Monroe talks a little bit about personal issues and her struggle with anxiety.
Ashley says she believes it all started when her father died. She was just a teenager, that is when the anxiety began and her heart started to beat too fast. Ever since that moment, she went to the doctor and they made all kind of studies on her heart but found everything to be ok. She has a healthy heart.
She describes therapy-thon as the process of dealing with past traumas that needed it to be healed and the new challenges of life that keep her on an emotional journey. For her writing about all of that has helped, although her heart still triples its speed.
Hard on a Heart is a song addressed to Monroe’s heart and the way she feels about her anxiety. The process of writing it and then recording it was totally different. She wrote it really slowly. She was trying to process everything. So when her producer Dave Cobb challenged her to speed it up, she thought she could not do it, but it actually sounded faster, more like her heartbeats.
It is common that songwriters express their own feelings in their songs, that is what makes them real and what helps fans to really bond with their favorite artists. Monroe is without any doubt a talented singer and the fact that she makes real talk in her songs is even better.
The Bluegrass Grammy Award is presented at the general ceremony of Grammy Awards, which, fun fact, was first called by the name of Gramophone Awards. This category praises the top quality works of artists who perform in the bluegrass music genre.
Some of the categories include those who value technical proficiency, excellence, album sales, positions in charts and honors to artistic achievements. All of these awards are given by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of USA.
This event started as a single prize given to a performer of Bluegrass but continued to develop until being an event that rewards from producers to artists and albums from the genre. It is hosted once a year, and this year was as outstanding as the previous ones.
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards were celebrated on January 28th, 2018 in The Madison Square Garden, New York City. And the bluegrass industry happened to be included in the list of award categories this year, being placed among some other music genres was a success for this kind of music industry.
This was the perfect night to give the opportunity to amazing artists to make history in the world of music and Rhonda Vincent and The Infamous Stringdusters took that chance. They were the highlight of the night, thanks to their many achievements that were recognized at the ceremony.
Rhonda Vincent has been nominee 7 times to the Grammys, before winning the award in 2018 with her album All the Rage: In Concert Volume One Live. With more than 40 decades of a successful career, The Wall Street Journal rightfully proclaimed her “The New Queen of Bluegrass”.
On the contrary, The Infamous Stringdusters have been nominated only 2 times to the Grammys, winning in 2018 with their album Laws Of Gravity. But they outstand thanks to their experience that includes 12 years of career. Nowadays, The Infamous Stringdusters are a top-trending band acclaimed by bluegrass critics.
The night was epic when for the first time in the history of Best Bluegrass Album category, the results came on a tie, both Rhonda Vincent and The Rage and The Infamous Stringdusters came out as winners of the night.
It is always nice to see that genres that are not commonly popularized among young folks actually have a representation in events like these, that reward talent and amazing contributions to music. Bluegrass music is filled with many talented artists who deserve recognition from the industry.
After, being nominated seven times for a Grammy award, the proclaimed by The Wall Street Journal as the “New Queen of Bluegrass”, this year Rhonda Vincent finally got the award she deserved.
Making history, in the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, new Rhonda Vincent’s album ‘All the Rage: Volume One’ resulted in a tie. Being all that a fan could want and expect from its favorite artist her new compilation demonstrated that she can make of bluegrass a famous and well-known music genre.
‘The rage’ shows a complete journey from all her top and favorites hits with the live concert, which is a-must-see performance available in DVD for all her bluegrass music fans to feel closer with such kind of music.
The album was recorded in Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee, where hundreds of spectators then could listen to the 14 tracks in 1-hour concert event that was one of the most satisfying experiences for all bluegrass music fans.
The opening song ’Muleskinner Blues’ is a perfect song to get people in the mood, although the CD has really good energy, and it also has two songs more country styled and slower than the rest of the album. Those songs, called ‘Missouri Moon’ and ‘I’ve Forgotten You’, were both a hit during the concert.
Throughout the album, Vincent does a great job. Her ranges and clear voice capture everyone listening. It also remarkable that, each member of the band had their chance to shine at least in one song, what shows the balance of talent among members of the band.
This album collects both relaxing and happy styles, which is the true spirit of Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, the satisfying and breathtaking sound of peace.
The album was released on November 11, 2016, and it is expected to have a second volume with more than 30 songs recorded that fan s expect to win Grammy again. There is not a date established yet, but sure fans cannot wait to see and listen what is next of Vincent and The Rage.