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Vincent Is 'One Step Ahead' With Album, Tour

Bluegrass vocalist/mandolin player Rhonda Vincent will release her latest album, "One Step Ahead," April 29, just a few days after kicking off a four-month U.S. tour. Produced by the artist and her br

Bluegrass vocalist/mandolin player Rhonda Vincent will release her latest album, "One Step Ahead," April 29, just a few days after kicking off a four-month U.S. tour. Produced by the artist and her brother, Darrin Vincent, the 12-track album features guest appearances by Alison Krauss, fiddler Stuart Duncan, guitarist Bryan Sutton, and fellow mandolin player Aubrey Haynie, among others.

A mix of authentic bluegrass and country ballads such as "You Can't Take It With You When You Go," the new set features five songs written by Vincent. One of those numbers, "One Step Ahead of the Blues," features backing harmony vocals by Krauss. The album is the follow-up to 2001's "The Storm Still Rages," which reached No. 9 on Billboard's Top Bluegrass Albums chart and No. 59 on the Top Country Albums tally.

Vincent will kick off an extensive tour April 24-25 at the annual Merlefest bluegrass festival in Wilkesboro, N.C. Backed by her band the Rage -- Hunter Berry (fiddle), Audie Blaylock (guitar), Kenny Ingram (banjo), and Mickey Harris (bass) -- Vincent will play a host of the country's many bluegrass festivals, as well as a few club and theater shows. The tour is sponsored by the Martha White baking goods company; Vincent's feisty 25-second jingle for the brand closes out "One Step Ahead."

Here are Rhonda Vincent's upcoming tour dates:

April 24-25: Wilkesboro, N.C. (Merlefest)
April 26: Anniston, Ala. (Cheaha Mountain Amphitheater)
April 27: South Pittsburg, Tenn. (National Cornbread Festival)
May 2: Chattanooga, Tenn. (Raccoon RV Park & Campground)
May 4: West Columbia, S.C. (Bill's Pickin Parlor)
May 9: Denton, N.C. (Denton Farm Park)
May 10: Rocky Mount, Va. (Festival in the Pines)
May 11: Mountain City, Tenn. (Johnson Country Bluegrass Festival)
May 15: Annapolis, Md. (Ramshead Tavern)
May 16: Gettysburg, Pa. (Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival)
May 17: Amelia, Va. (Central VA Family Bluegrass Festival)
May 24: Kendallville, Ind. (Tri State Bluegrass Festival)
May 31: Syria, Va. (Graves Mountain Festival of Music)
June 1: Preston, Conn. (Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival)
June 5: Nashville (Fan Fair Bluegrass Show)
June 6: Mineral, Va. (Christopher Run Bluegrass Festival)
June 11: Chico, Calif. (Sierra Nevada Brew Pub & Restaurant)
June 12-13: Grass Valley, Calif. (Father's Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival)
June 14: Victorville, Calif. (Mojave Narrows Regional Huck Finn Jubilee)
June 19: Bean Blossom, Ind. (Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival)
June 20: Springfield, Va. (Royal Lake Park)
June 21: Sidney, Me. (Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival)
June 26: Wytheville, Va. (TBD)
June 27: Chafee, N.Y. (Earl's Sunshine Music Theatre)
June 28: Orange, Va. (Booster Park Pavilion)
June 29: Summersville, W.Va. (Summersville Music Park)
July 5: Queen City, Mo. (Sally Mountain Bluegrass Festival)
July 11: Fairfax, Va. (Fairfax County Park)
July 13: Steelville, Mo. (Meramec Music Theatre)
July 14: Steelville, Mo. (Rhonda Vincent Birthday Bash-Wildwood Lodge)
July 18: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun - Wolf Den)
July 19: Hillsdale, N.Y. (Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival)
July 20: Warsaw, N.Y. (North Fork Music Park)
July 25: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre)
July 26: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara Bowl)
July 28: San Diego (Humphrey's)
Aug. 1: Paso Robles, Calif. (California Mid-State Fair)
Aug. 3: Saratoga, Calif. (Mountain Winery)
Aug. 7-8: Des Moines, Iowa (Iowa State Fair)
Aug. 9: Milan, Mich. (KC Campground)
Aug. 14: Hiawassee, Ga. (Anderson Music Hall)
Aug. 22: Sevierville, Tenn. (Smokey Mountain Campground)
Aug. 23: Gettysburg, Pa. (Granite Hill Campground)
Aug. 28: Woodstock, Va. (Shenandoah County Fair)
Aug. 29: Woodstown, N.J. (Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival)