Tony Rice, bluegrass music legend, lifeless at 69


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Tony Rice, often called one of many main bluegrass music legends of the Seventies, died on Christmas Day at age 69. 

The Worldwide Bluegrass Music Affiliation confirmed the information in a press release supplied to Fox Information.

“It’s with a heavy coronary heart we are saying goodbye to one of the crucial iconic voices and musicians in bluegrass historical past. David Anthony ‘Tony’ Rice handed away at his dwelling in Reidsville, N.C.,” the assertion reads partly. “For these of us fortunate sufficient to know and listen to Mr. Rice, it’s an inconceivable job to place into phrases his infinite ability and affect. As a singer, songwriter and guitar participant, there are few that may ever match his impression on bluegrass and acoustic music.”

The artist’s former label, Rounder Data, additional eulogized the music legend in a press release on Fb. 

“We have been all deeply saddened by the information of Tony Rice’s sudden passing on Christmas Day, and we provide our deepest condolences to his family members and his many followers. Might he Relaxation In Peace,” the put up reads

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Rice was maybe finest identified for taking part in with the band the New South alongside Ricky Skaggs. Skaggs was among the many cadre of musicians to share their ideas on Rice’s profession and affect after information broke of his passing. 

“Tony Rice was the one most influential acoustic guitar participant within the final 50 years. Many if not all the Bluegrass guitar gamers of at the moment would say that they minimize their tooth on Tony Rice’s music. He beloved listening to the following era gamers play his licks. I feel that’s the place he obtained most of his pleasure as a participant,” Skaggs wrote on Fb

Bluegrass legend Tony Rice died at age 69 on Christmas Day.
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He continued: “Not solely was Tony an excellent guitar participant however he was additionally one of the crucial stylistic lead vocalists in Bluegrass music historical past. After I joined the group The New South in 1974, I knew I’d discovered a singing soul mate with Tony. Our voices blended like brothers. In 1980, we recorded the album ‘Skaggs And Rice’ for Sugar Hill as a tribute to our duet heroes with simply the simplicity of guitar, mandolin and our voices. All these years later individuals inform me how a lot the purity of that document nonetheless touches their coronary heart. That’s who Tony was, a singer from the guts.”

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In accordance with Selection, Rice was a member of J.D. Crowe’s New South within the early Seventies earlier than becoming a member of Skaggs. He would later carry out with a myriad of teams and even fronted a couple of comparable to The Tony Rice Unit. He was additionally famous for his work with banjoist Bela Fleck and Jerry Garcia. 

The outlet studies that Rice’s 2013 induction into the Worldwide Bluegrass Corridor of Fame was the final time he publicly performed guitar due to a medical situation that made taking part in his beloved instrument tough for him. He had not sung dwell since shortly after being recognized with muscle-tension dysphonia in 1994.

It didn’t take lengthy earlier than different nation artists took to social media to pay their respects to Rice.

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“I’m past heartbroken to listen to concerning the passing of Tony Rice. Nobody has had a extra profound impression on my musical world. His taking part in, singing, writing, and arranging broke the bluegrass mildew and can eternally attest to the truth that music can take you anyplace, from anyplace,” wrote Chris Thile.

“Taking part in with Tony was like climbing aboard a magic carpet,” added Fleck. “His rhythm taking part in set you free…”

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“Tony Rice impressed so many together with a child like me from East Tennessee who was in awe of the way in which he sang and performed Me And My Guitar. I’ll always remember seeing him sing that on the IBMA Bluegrass Pageant in Owensboro, Ky. It’s printed in my mind eternally! Relaxation In Peace Tony Rice,” wrote Kenny Chesney.


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