musician, author, storyteller

"Rhonda is a virtual one-person band
on harmonica, piano, and banjo."

Sing Out! magazine

Rhonda Rucker
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"Rhonda, a talent to be reckoned with on harmonica, showed just what this seemingly simple instrument can do in the right mouth...."

St. Augustine Record, in a review of a Palencia Elementary School program in Florida

"Rhonda is a talented performer, accompanying her husband on harmonica and harmony vocals. It's on the harmonica that she really shines, reflecting her study of Sonny Terry's techniques and her study with harmonica wizard Phil Wiggins."

New Bedford Standard Times

RHONDA LYNN RUCKER practiced medicine for five years before becoming a full-time musician, author, and storyteller. Rhonda performs with her husband, James “Sparky” Rucker, adding vocals, piano, banjo, blues harmonica, and rhythmic bones to their music. They appeared on the Grammy-nominated CD, Singing Through the Hard Times, in 2009. Rhonda has recorded nine albums with her husband, and their 1991 release, Treasures and Tears, was nominated for the W.C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Recording.

Rhonda has been an author since 1998, publishing articles in newspapers, magazines, and books. Her historical novel for young readers, Swing Low, Sweet Harriet, was published by Motes Books in 2013. Her article, "Rescuing Miracle," appeared in the February 2013 issue of Highlights magazine. For more information, visit Books and Articles. Rhonda and Sparky love to do author visits at schools and libraries. For rates and availability, please send an email.

SPARKY AND RHONDA performed for the Old Music for New Ears educational series for Kentucky Educational Television, for Storytelling in North America, (a National Geographic Society educational media project), and for Scholastic’s Teaching Resources projects. She and her husband have also been tellers-in-residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

SPARKY AND RHONDA give educational programs in schools and libraries. For more information, go to Special Programs

For more biographical information, visit Rhonda's Bio

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