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The best country picks, April 26

CorrespondentApril 26, 2013 

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Rhonda Vincent and the Rage head to Rocky Mount tonight.

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    • The Willow Oak Bluegrass Music Festival continues Friday and Saturday in Roxboro; performers include Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice and Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. Today through Sunday in Wilkesboro, MerleFest features Steep Canyon Rangers, the Sam Bush Band, Tift Merritt and others. For schedule, see www.merlefest.org. Americana songstress Iris Dement brings her intelligent, impassioned songs and powerhouse vocals to the ArtsCenter on Thursday.

It’s no surprise that Rhonda Vincent, bluegrass music’s entertainer of the year and seven-time female vocalist, would appeal to fans within and beyond the bluegrass community. But when one of those fans is Bernie Taupin, the songwriting partner of Elton John, even non-’grassers should take notice. Along with Alison Krauss, Vincent is one of bluegrass music’s superstars, recording and touring with her ace band, the Rage. Vincent’s latest CD, “Sunday Mornin’ Singin’, ”was recorded live in a Methodist church and lifts the spirit with the Gospel’s good news of salvation. Friday night, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage bring their sacred and secular music to the Dunn Center for Performing Arts in Rocky Mount. For information, see www.ncwc.edu/arts/dunncenter/show-listing.php

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