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Country-Abend mit Rhonda Watson
Kofferen (jago). Die Ankündigung des „Country-Abend mit Rhonda Watson“
hatte am Freitag (16.02.2001) für einen Riesenpublikumsandrang
in Kofferen gesorgt und so war das McMüllers Irish-American Pub
bis auf den letzten Platz besetzt.
Auf Einladung von Pub-Besitzer Walter Müller war Rhonda Watson
zum ersten Mal nach Europa gekommen, um sich auf der
Country Musik Messe vor einer Woche in Berlin vorzustellen.
Die Veranstalter waren von der Sängerin aus
Pennsylvania so begeistert, dass sie gleich zweimal auftreten konnte.
Die Westernfans in Kofferen durften sich also auf einen musikalischen Leckerbissen freuen, und sie wurden nicht enttäuscht.

Schon beim ersten Song „Wide open spaces“ waren sich die Zuhörer einig,
einen kommenden Star am Countrymusik-Himmel live erleben zu können.
Vom gefühlsbetonten „The woman in me“ über den
unbeschwerten Titel „Happy girl“ bis zum kraftvoll interpretierten
„You’re no good“ bewies Rhonda Watson ein faszinierendes Einfühlungsvermögen
in die jeweilige Aussage des Lieds.
Dass sie sich nicht nur auf lupenreinen Country-Stil spezialisierte, sondern auch andere Richtungen wie Rock, Rockabilly und sogar Gospel
im Repertoire hat, machte das Konzert um so spannender.

Das Publikum ließ sich von Musik und Interpretin ganz gefangen nehmen
und gab seiner Begeisterung durch aktive Teilnahme mit
Line-Dances und viel Beifall Ausdruck.
So manchem lief eine Gänsehaut über den Rücken,
als beim Traditional „Take me home, country road“
nahezu das gesamte Publikum den Refrain mitsang.

Als kleine Überraschung gab es im Zugabenteil ein Duett mit dem
Blues-Gitarristen „Professor Bottleneck“, bei dem eine aussergewöhnliche
Country-Blues-Version von „Amazing grace“ zu hören war.
Walter Müller ist es gelungen, mit Rhonda Watson eine äußerst
symphatische junge Sängerin zu präsentieren, die frei von jeglichen Starallüren
auftrat und sich durch ihre offene
Herzlichkeit viele Freunde gemacht hat.

© Günter Jagodzinska (03/2001)


Airplay on The Roadhouse-April,2001

Airplay on The Roadhouse-July,2001
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English translation of above article
Caption under photo: Not only the audience, but also country singer
Rhonda Watson enjoyed the fantastic atmosphere
during her guest performance in “McMüller's in Kofferen.

Rhonda Watson thrilled public in Müller Pub:
Genuine Discovery for fans of Country Music


Kofferen (jago) The announcement of a country evening with Rhonda Watson
insured a full house in Kofferen so that the Irish-American Pub
was occupied to the last seat.

At the invitation of pub-owner Walter Mueller, Rhonda Watson had come
to Europe for the first time in order to present herself
at the Country Music Fair in Berlin a week ago.
The fair organizers were so impressed by the singer
that she was immediately given a second performance there.
So western fans could expect a musical delicacy in Kofferen,
and they weren't disappointed.

Sensitivity

Already at the first song “Wide Open Spaces", listeners were in agreement
that they were experiencing a rising star on the country skyline.
From the deep-feeling “The Woman in Me" to the light title
“Happy Girl" to the powerfully interpreted “You're no good",
Rhonda Watson proved a fascinating sensitivity in the interpretation of the message
in each song. That she hadn't specialized on pure country,
but included elements of rock, rockabilly and even gospel
in her repertoire made the concert all the more exciting.

Goose-pimples

The audience allowed itself to be completely captured by the artist
and showed their enthusiasm by active participation
in line dances and lots of applause.
Some of the audience had goose-pimples running over their back
as nearly everyone sang along the refrain to the traditional
“Take me home country roads".

As a little surprise during the encore there was a duet with the
blues-guitarist “Professor Bottleneck" with an unusual country-blues
version of “Amazing grace".
With Rhonda Watson, Walter Mueller has succeeded in presenting a highly sympathetic
young singer who performed unpretentiously and won many friends
through her open-heartedness.


Randy Krbecheck
Rhonda Watson, Rhonda Watson (Jeree Records) -
Youthful Rhonda Watson has released her self-titled debut.
With country influences and a pleasing voice,
Rhonda Watson is an enjoyable listen.

The album has ten songs, and clocks in at a refreshing 30 minutes.
Rhonda wrote the songs and provides all vocals,
and is joined by Donna Groom on keyboards and strings,
Mark Groom on drums, Don Garvin on keyboards,
bass, guitars and synthesizer,
and John Parrendo on fiddle.

While some songs (such as "My Old Man") are a bit sappy,
other songs have a pleasant, country-oriented sound,
such as "So Many Things" and "Be Your Own Best Friend."

Not too heavy, not too light, Rhonda Watson has a smooth delivery.

Randy Krbechek © 2000


Dannick's Music Store
With her self-titled CD, Rhonda Watson has compiled 10 songs
that perfectly display her appeal,
namely strong lyrics combined with a soft, exquisite delivery.
Her warmth and heart are on exhibit in each and every track.

Why we chose this Group: This is the age of women in Country Music.
With all due respect to the great ladies of Country Music past
(Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette),
The previous 10 years have given us mega-talented women
who have taken Country by the hand and guided it into the 21st century.
A quick glimpse at the top-50 Billboard charts for Country
singles in the year 2000 reveal such names as The Dixie Chicks,
Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Patty Loveless and a number of others.

But make no mistake about it: the reason that these ladies are
at the top of their profession has nothing to do with gender.
They are simply the best at what they do.
This is also true of Rhonda Watson.

The absolute truth that cannot be denied is that Rhonda Watson is
not a great female Country/Western artist.
She is a great Country/Western artist who happens to be a woman.
To classify her, along with the great performers mentioned above,
as a female Country/Western singer/songwriter is not justice.
Ms. Watson is a top-level performer, period, and gender be damned.

Ms. Watson's 10-song self-titled CD is a showcase for her talent,
which includes strong lyrical songwriting and a tender approach to
putting those words to music.
Broken Wing is an affectionate ballad, delivered with heart and warmth.
Be Your Own Best Friend is perfectly Country,
an uplifting song for those who feel they have no recourse.
This song is inspirational as well as entertaining,
a trait shared with most of the other songs on this inspired CD.

There is not a single track wasted on this collection.
Each song acts as a window into the soul of Rhonda Watson.
She is a wonderful performer, great songwriter
and extremely talented individual...who happens to be a woman.


Total Country Magazine
"Be Your Own Best Friend is the best song
that has been written in years.
Rhonda's self-titled CD is destined to be a hit"
- Total Country Magazine


Producer Mickey Dean
Mickey has described Rhonda Watson as his favorite singer,
who sounds just like Patsy Cline and Linda Rondstadt
and one of the best session singers he has worked with.
Her extensive stage work and experience shows in her ease
with the mic and harmonies.
She has collaborated with many artists, including Mickey,
and is a hot favourite with all who have worked with her.

She is a very versatile performer who can do country, pop and rock
with ease. Mickey produced her “Cracks & Shadows” CD
that shot right out of the starting gate the minute
it was placed on MP3.com.
“Must Be Love” is so cool it’s hot!


"Keys To Music Success"
"Some say you need a ton of money to hire a promoter.
Why not self promote?
....I've seen Rhonda Watson playing the message boards
and getting crowds to listen to her music.
People like it and what happens is her fan base
continues to grow, in return CD sales and offers to get her
songs in projects."


A Country Meeting Point
Rhonda Watson startete in Bad Homburg-Gonzenheim ihre Deutschland-Tournee
Rein zufällig lasen wir am Freitag in der Frankfurter Rundschau
einen Artikel aus unserer Region:

"Gonzenheimern macht der Gunzoplatz Spaß"

Der Verein "Bürger für Gonzenheim" lud für Sonntag, den 12. August 2001,
zum Dorfspaß auf den Gunzoplatz ein. Unter dem Motto:
"Wir feiern die Neugestaltung des Gunzoplatzes"
hatte man die Solisten-Band mit Mike Melcher für gute Party-Stimmung
verpflichtet sowie - und hier die große Überraschung
- die Country-Sängerin Rhonda Watson aus Pittsburgh, USA.

Dies wollten wir uns nicht entgehen lassen, sind doch Auftritte
amerikanischer Country-Sänger/-innen in Deutschland eher selten.
Also schwangen wir uns auf's Motorrad und fuhren nach Gonzenheim.
Natürlich war es kein Country-Fest, das uns hier erwartete,
aber alle hatten ihren Spaß bei Würstchen und Steaks,
Bier aus der Region, spanischem Wein und diversen kulinarischen Spezialitäten.
Anlaß der Veranstaltung war eher ein politisches Thema,
was uns aber nicht störte. So hatte sich auch der eine oder andere Redner
zu Wort gemeldet u.a. auch unser Bürgermeister. Na ja, kurze Rede langer Sinn
- um 15.30 Uhr kam dann wirklich der versprochene Country-Event.
Ohne langen Soundcheck ging es auch gleich los.
Rhonda gab zu, etwas Lampenfieber zu haben, dies sollte sich aber
nach dem ersten Lied schon ändern.
45 Minuten Country-Music aus Amerika -
etwas improvisiert - und doch prima gelungen.
Leider trat Rhonda ohne Band auf - ihr "Soundman" sorgte für den musikalischen
Backround - doch die sympathische Sängerin kam bei den ca.
180-200 Gästen sehr gut an. Nach Aussage von Rhonda's Manager
wird sie in den nächsten zwei Monaten viel in Deutschland unterwegs sein,
u.a. hat sie div. Auftritte in Pullman City und ist am 08.09.01 mit der
Helt Oncale Band in Schloß-Holte zu sehen.
Nach einer Einlage der Solisten-Band mit
Mike Melcher hatte Rhonda nochmals die Gelegenheit, ihr Können zu zeigen.

Eine Country-Sängerin aus den USA war in Bad Homburg und
kein Country-Fan hat es gemerkt!

Schade eigentlich - doch vielleicht habt Ihr ja Gelegenheit,
Rhonda während ihrer Deutschland-Tournee zu erleben.

Rhonda veröffentlichte ihr erstes Lied im Alter von 14.
Sie schreibt ihre Texte und Musik selbst, sie singt
mit Ihrer gefühlvollen, rauchigen Stimme so richtig vom Herzen.
Im August und September 2001 wird sie von McMüller's Nashville Connection
für ihre erste Europa-Tour gesponsert.

Jutta + Herbert
Country Meeting Point


English translation:
Rhonda Watson started her Germany tour in Bad Homburg Gonzenheim,
we found out coincidentally, when we read on Friday in the
Frankfurt round rundschau an article from our region:
"Gonzenheimern makes the Gunzoplatz fun" the association
"citizen for Gonzenheim" invited for Sunday, 12 August 2001,
the village passport on the Gunzoplatz.
Under the slogan: "we celebrate the reorganization of the Gunzoplatzes"
featuring Mike Melcher with his band, for a good party.
That interested us but then - here was the big surprise -
the Country singer Rhonda Watson from Pittsburgh,USA would also be appearing.

We didn't want to take the trip but appearances of American Country singers
inside Germany are rather rare so we mounted our motorcycle
and drove to Gonzenheim.

It wasn't your average Country celebration that we expected but, more,
as all had their fun with small sausages and steak,
beer from the region, Spanish wine and various culinary specialities.

The meeting was one of a rather political topic, which didn't disturb us
however. There were special speaking guests and also, our Mayor himself spoke.

After all of the speaches were over - at 15.30 o'clock, the promised even finally came!
Without a sound check it went off easily.
Rhonda admitted to having a cold accompanied by a fever but it wasn't noticeable.
45 minutes of Country Music out of America - something improvised -
and nevertheless successfully great!

Unfortunately without a proper soundcheck, Rhonda's music was low during the first song -
then the Soundman made the adjustments and the pleasant singer kept
the 180-200 guests that were there very happy.

According to her manager Rhonda will be touring Europe
for the next two months, much of it in Germany,
with appearances in Pullman City and on 08.09.01 in Schloß-Holte
with the Helt Oncale Band.

After the band, featuring Mike Melcher performed, Rhonda once again had the
opportunity to show her abilities.
A wonderful Country singer from the USA was in Bath Homburg
and hardly any Country fan noticed!

Much to their loss - nevertheless- perhaps they will have the
opportunity to experience Rhonda during her upcoming Germany tour.

Rhonda published her first song at the age of 14.
She writes both her music and lyrics.
She sings so perfect with a sensitive, pure voice from the heart.
For her first European tour, August through September 2001,
Rhonda is being sponsored by McMueller's Nashville Connection and Guiness.


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