On Nov. 16, 1967, one of the most iconic songs in Tennessee’s history was recorded. Forty-nine years later, Rhonda Vincent payed homage to that important day by playing a rendition of “Rocky Top” with the banjo that started it all.
During her eight-song set on Nov. 16 in Nashville, the Queen of Bluegrass gave tribute to the 49th anniversary of the original recording of “Rocky Top” by the Osborne Brothers.
Before Vincent and her band begin the tune, she explains how the banjo is now owned by one of her band members, Aaron McDaris.
“This is the actual banjo that ‘Rocky Top’ was played on,” Vincent says. “When you hear the original version, this is that banjo.”
She dedicates the performance to Sonny and Bobby Osborne, who made the song famous all those years ago. Her smooth vocals shine throughout the tribute, and you can see the audience singing and dancing along throughout. Vincent and The Rage sure do this song justice and never miss a beat.
“Rocky Top” is one of ten official state songs of Tennessee and the unofficial college fight song of the University of Tennessee. You might remember UT alumni Peyton Manning’s surprise performance of the song at Whiskey Jam.
Rhonda Vincent’s rendition is one that surely makes Tennessee Vols fans proud. You can catch her out on the road with a solid schedule set through mid-2017. A full list of upcoming tour dates is available here.