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  • When I was younger, and even now whenever I'd get into playing my guitars regularly, I would think of this guy as the absolute "god" of playing an acoustic guitar with a pick. Oh Tony Rice isn't truly famous. I'd say most people who dabble with guitar don't even know who he is. It's no fault, but a credit to Tony he's forever taken his talents and used them purely to do what he's wanted to do, and not into the so typical notion that "making the most money possible is the best possible thing."

    When Tony Rice met David Grisman in the 1970's, a new and American form of music became more attractive, and better. Some call it "Dawg" music, as Dawg is Grisman's nickname, others called it "spacegrass." What it is, is jazz played on bluegrass instrumentation. This form of music isn't commercial, and it isn't something one expects to become "popular." It is intellectual music somewhat reminiscent of the music of Django Reinhardt, and The Hot Club of France. Grisman and Rice mirrored Reinhardt and Grappelli in a way.

  • Tony went from the J.D. Crow band to doing solo work with the very best side-men in the genre; and he expanded what was thought of as Bluegrass, or folk music by often covering tunes by artists outside of Bluegrass. Persons such as Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, and James Taylor come to mind. Collaborations with Norman Blake were treasured by guitarists. Tony has recorded solo albums, many albums with The Bluegrass Album Band, albums with The Tony Rice Unit, and of course, the albums with the David Grisman Quintet.

    In his years of being a dedicated musician, Tony Rice has developed a rare thing, he's instantly recognizable when you hear him, and totally unique. I'll be very interested to hear what he plays in the future; as he does nothing unless it is done to the highest standards. Thanks for reading.

    Tony Rice
    No. 9
    Date of birth (1967-09-05) September 5, 1967 (age 48)
    Place of birth Greenwood, South Carolina
    Career information
    Position(s) Quarterback
    College Notre Dame
    Career history
    As player
    1990 Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL)
    1991–1992 Barcelona Dragons (World League)
    1994 Munich Thunder (FLE)
    Honors 1989 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
    1989 4th in Heisman Trophy
    1989 All-American Team

  • Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced yesterday that bandleader/singer/guitar innovator Tony Rice and fiddler Paul Warren will be inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at its Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday, September 26, 2013.

Tony Rice: A magical voice, silenced for 19 years, reappears at IBMA

Not a lick or a word short of fascinating. On top of being a precious and world class lesson from Tony Rice, one of the acoustic immortals from the Flatt & Scruggs and Clarence White schools, Happy Traum ( in this issue) asks very musically astute questions that reveal little or unknown things about Tony's background, the real story behind the legendary Pizza tapes of Tony, David Grisman, and the late Jerry Garcia, the illuminating details of legendary collaborations between he and Ricky Skaggs, Tony's retrospection of how the Folk movement of the 60s actually "legitimized" Bluegrass as an art form (not just a hillbilly pastime), and many other things.