Bluegrass sensations Rhonda Vincent, Gene Watson slated for Oct. 29 show

Rhonda Vincent and Gene Watson will perform Oct. 29 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. They will perform their No. 1 single, “Staying Together,” and other duets, as well as both artists performing full shows with their individual bands.

Famously crowned as “the new queen of bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, and indeed the most decorated musician in that field, Vincent’s music is actually much more inclusive and accessible than that banner would suggest, incorporating savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the haunting mountain soul of classic Monroe-styled bluegrass. The presence on Taken of special guests ranging from Dolly Parton to Richard Marx to Little Roy Lewis affirms Vincent’s wide-ranging vision.

Vincent, this year’s Bluegrass Entertainer of the Year and eight times Female Vocalist of the Year, headlines this super show with her band of super pickers, “The Rage.”

Watson is a singer in country music’s grand tradition and has the skill to give powerful vocal performances and draw all the emotion from his selected material effortlessly. Gene has remained true to his Texas music roots for the best part of 30 years and is a standard bearer for honest, traditional country music.

Tickets from $20 to $30 on sale at the Center’s box office, Dalton’s Bookstore in Franklin and Waynesville, at or call 866.273.4615

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