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.
|Date of birth||September 5, 1967|
|Place of birth||Greenwood, South Carolina|
|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