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Tony Rice


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Anthony (Tony) Rice is an acoustic steel string flatpick guitar virtuoso. Primarily a bluegrass player, he was a founding member of the David Grisman Quintet setting the guitar standard for the bluegrass-jazz fusion music often called Dawg (after the bearded facial appearance of David Grisman)or New Acoustic Music. He was also an excellent bluegrass singer but tragically lost his voice in the 80’s.

Tony Rice spans the range of acoustic music, from straight-ahead bluegrass to jazz-influenced new acoustic music, to songwriter-oriented folk. He is perhaps the greatest innovator in acoustic flatpicked guitar since Clarence White. Over the course of his career, he has played alongside J.D. Crowe and the New South, David Grisman (during the formation of “Dawg Music”), led his own groups, collaborated with fellow picker Norman Blake and recorded with his brothers. He has recorded with drums, piano, soprano sax, and with straight-ahead bluegrass instrumentation.

Rice was born in Danville, Virginia but grew up in California, where he was introduced to bluegrass by his father. He and his brothers learned a lot from hot L.A. pickers like the Kentucky Colonels, led by Roland and Clarence White. Crossing paths with fellow enthusiasts like Ry Cooder, Herb Pederson and Chris Hillman reinforced the strength of the music he had learned from his father.


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  • gebhardino

    cold on the shoulder and hot in my heart.

    1 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Jetty89

    He is so flawless in his playing, he never ceases to amaze.

    17 Mar 2010 Reply
  • ebobnar

    Awesome flatpicker. Second greatest (after Doc Watson).

    14 Jan 2010 Reply
  • SergeSmith

    the best bluegrass-guitar player in whole world!!!

    7 Sep 2009 Reply
  • turbine712

    I love Tony his music is so clean.

    8 Apr 2009 Reply
  • davidtew

    The greatest guitar player the world has ever known!

    14 Mar 2009 Reply
  • AKDoc

    This is the standard by which other flatpickers are judged.

    17 Aug 2008 Reply
  • randytuggle

    The best there is. What an inspiration to so many people!

    27 Apr 2008 Reply

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