Rhonda Vincent. “Destination Life.” 12 tracks. Rounder.

Rhonda Vincent spent much of the Nineties in Nashville, chasin’ the neon rainbow. But fortunately — for her and bluegrass both — she returned to her roots in bluegrass in 2000.

And she’s been so successful that, with the possible exception of Ricky Skaggs, she’d probably make most critic’s lists as the bluegrass artist of the decade.

Vincent has won female vocalist of the year honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association for an unprecedented seven years in a row. She was entertainer of the year in 2001 and co-wrote the 2004 song of the year. And she’s been nominated for four Grammy awards.

So, how does Vincent’s latest album — “Destination Life” — stack up with her other recent works?

It’s easily on a par with the best of the them.

The title cut — written by Donna Dean, a New Zealand songwriter — is a strong ballad about a woman fleeing an emotionally abusive relationship.

Vincent co-wrote three songs — “Last Time Loving You,” “What A Woman Wants To Hear” and “I Heard My Saviour Calling Me.”

And there are three older songs — Carl Belew’s “Stop The World (And Let Me Off),” Poco’s “Crazy Love” and Chubby Wise’s instrumental “Eighth of January.”

There’s a beautiful ballad (“I Can Make Him Whisper I Love You”), a duet with band member Ben Helson (“Crazy What A Lonely Heart Will Do”) and a beautiful a capella gospel song (“When I Travel My Last Mile (He Will Hold My Hand)”).

For the first time, Vincent uses no guests musicians on an album. These are the same musicians you hear at her live shows.

A strong album by an artist who hasn’t learned to cut corners or rest on her laurels.

Can’t find it in stores? Try www.rounder.com.

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