Tony Rice

tony rice

Tony Rice was born in Danville, Virginia but grew up in Los Angeles, California, where his father, Herb Rice, introduced him to bluegrass. Tony and his brothers learned the fundamentals of bluegrass and country music from L.A. musicians like the Kentucky Colonels, led by Roland and Clarence White.

Clarence White in particular became a huge influence on Rice. Crossing paths with fellow enthusiasts like Ry Cooder, Herb Pedersen and Chris Hillman reinforced the strength of the music he had learned from his father.

In 1970, Rice had moved to Louisville, Kentucky where he played with the Bluegrass Alliance, and shortly thereafter, J.D. Crowe's New South. The New South was known as one of the best and most progressive bluegrass groups—eventually adding drums and electric instruments (to Rice's displeasure). .

When Ricky Skaggs joined them 1974, however, the band recorded J. D. Crowe & the New South, an acoustic album that became Rounder's top-seller up to that time. At this point, the group consisted of Rice on guitar and lead vocals, Crowe on banjo and vocals, Jerry Douglas on Dobro, Skaggs on fiddle, mandolin, and tenor vocals, and Bobby Slone on bass and fiddle.

Around this time, Rice met mandolinist David Grisman, who played with Red Allen during the 1960s and was now working on original material that blended jazz, bluegrass, and classical styles. Rice left the New South and moved to California to join Grisman's all-instrumental group. As part of the David Grisman Quintet. To expand his horizons and make himself more marketable, Rice began studying chord theory, learned to read charts, and began to expand his playing beyond bluegrass. Renowned guitarist John Carlini came in to teach Rice music theory, and Carlini helped him learn the intricacies of jazz playing and musical improvisation in general. The David Grisman Quintet's 1977 debut recording is considered a landmark of acoustic string band music.

In 1979, Rice left Grisman's group to pursue his own brand of music. He recorded Acoustics, a jazz-inspired acoustic record, and then Manzanita,[8] a collection of vocals and instrumentals, mostly in the bluegrass, but also folk style. In 1980, Rice, Crowe, Bobby Hicks, Doyle Lawson and Todd Phillips formed a successful coalition, attacking bluegrass standards under the name the Bluegrass Album Band. This group recorded six volumes of music from 1980 to 1996.

Rice's solo career hit its stride with Cold on the Shoulder, a collection of bluegrass-inspired vocals. With this album, Native American and Me & My Guitar, Rice arrived at a formula that incorporated his disparate influences, combining bluegrass, the songwriting of folk artists like Ian Tyson, Joni Mitchell, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton and Bob Dylan.
Cold On The Shoulder

Cold On The Shoulder

1983

Fare Thee Well

Church Street Blues

Church Street Blues

1989

One More Night

The Rice Brothers

The Rice Brothers

1989

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

Bluegrass Goes to Town: Pop Songs Bluegrass Style

Bluegrass Goes to Town: Pop Songs Bluegrass Style

2002 - compilation

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

Tony Rice Plays and Sings Bluegrass

Tony Rice Plays and Sings Bluegrass

1993

Girl From The North Country

Jerry Garcia-David Grisman-Tony Rice - The Pizza Tapes

Jerry Garcia-David Grisman-Tony Rice - The Pizza Tapes

2000 - recorded 1993

Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door


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