Brian Kelly

Rhonda Hart gets around. No, not like you think.

But the veteran and accomplished singer-songwriter-publisher and Perdido Key resident contines to reinvent herself, performing at venues across the Alabama Gulf Coast, after decades of performing from Nashville to the Flora-Bama in Perdido Key, Fla.  Lately, Hart has been teaming up with noted artist Justin Sable Forbs and the duo are making a name.

The Grammy-nominated artist is a staple to the musical landscape from Gulf Shores to Perdido Key. And if you only catch one artist this summer, then it’s Hart you’ll want to see. Hart may be most notable for her hit, “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” It’s a hilarious and touching number cut by Deana Carter in 1995 for Carter’s debut CD. The song become a five million seller and got a nod for “Country Song of the Year” and “Performance of a Country Song.”

Growing up in a family of performers, which includes her stepfather, the singer-songwriter, Tommy Collins.  The young Hart was greatly influenced by her stepdad as she began her career as a back-up and lead singer. In the mid 1990s  her “Waitin’ for the Phone to Ring” peaked to number one on the international charts.

She’s played and recorded with such artists as Tracy Lawrence, Tanya Tucker, Warren Haynes and many more legends. In addition, Rhonda co-wrote with Earl Clark “Tell Me Somethin Bad Bout My Baby,” which topped the charts in over 20 countries. Rhonda continues to perform with The Honky Tonk Angels, Petty & Hart Duo, and Johnny Barbado and  the Lucky Doggs across the Alabama Gulf Coast.

But Hart remains humble about her career and lately the Nashville native has been seen at Flip Daddy’s and the new Fin and Fork, two venues that are indeed lucky to have the seasoned entertainer. But, like many, Hart calls the Flora-Bama’s listening room home. There, she can be found with any number of locals acts including Elaine Petty with whom she duets with often, Bo Roberts, Rock Killough, or Country Hall of Famer Sonny Throckmorton.

Hart’s booming and soulful (and at times playful) vocal style along with solid guitar playing makes her one of the island’s favorites, having amassed a following across the nation. And she’s shows no signs of slowing down.