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    Very sad news. Tony was in a league of his own, a towering and inspirational musician to anyone with an interest in mastering bluegrass guitar although only major talents came to within shouting distance of him.

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    Sure, Tony was a fantastic guitarist and singer and stylist and bandleader and inspiration to us all. But for me it was the man's soul that impressed me the most.

    And no, I'm not talking about "soul" as in Sam n' Dave kinda soul... I'm referring to the soul of the man who was also an exemplary musician. It was the things he would say when talking about... well, whatever, that impressed me the most. He was just a beautiful cat whose humanity ran deep.

    We are all the better in this maddening and amazing world because of people like him.

    Tony dear friend... we love you madly.

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    RIP.
    His lovely work on Tone Poems CDs really showed what a musician he was.
    I had heard his name for years but not really listened before then.
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    It's not often you like ALL the music that someone plays but I felt that way with Tony Rice. 'Greenight on the southern' was one of my favourites and his 'Gordon Lightfoot' album. Seemed like a genuine great guy. I'll continue to play his CDs.

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    Add to the list of guitarists lost this year Leslie West, who died on 12/22. Very different genre and style, of course, but there have been so many greats going this year, John Prine and Peter Green among them, it's been really, really tough.
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    I merged the Tony Rice threads.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Again from Facebook, David Grisman's page:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=...96728201909478

    For those that aren't on Facebook here are David's words:

    It’s with a heavy heart that I mourn the loss of my dear friend and colleague, Tony Rice, who passed away yesterday. Tony was the original guitarist in my quintet and his playing established a standard for acoustic flat-top playing that remains unequaled to this day. I’ll never forget the time, shortly after we started playing together, that Tony said to me, “I can’t write tunes.” I told him that he absolutely could, and the very next day he came in with his first composition, “Swing ’51”, which we recorded on the first DGQ LP. I’d like to share that performance with you all. Rest in peace, “T”. "Swing 51" link: https://youtu.be/rbDf4sutxUU
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    David Anthony Rice passed away on the 25th; very sad.

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    Sad news indeed - he was a true master of the acoustic guitar.

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    A thread is over in Bluegrass section.
    Last edited by GTison; Dec-27-2020 at 9:13am. Reason: duplicate thread

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    Merging multiple threads as that seems to be more appropriate.

    Rest in peace, Tony.

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    The two times I saw him live - in 1978 at Memorial Hall (UNC) with DGQ, and in 2013 at First Class Bluegrass in Asheville with the Bluegrass Album Band reunion, once early in his career and once late, he took my breath away.

    In '78 after seeing him do unimaginable feats on acoustic guitar in a genre of music that I had never experienced before, I felt so completely inadequate I didn't even want to admit that I played guitar and left it in the case under my bed for probably 3 weeks.

    Years later I learned that he played bluegrass and had some difficulty believing he could be THAT good in such a different genre as well.

    Years after that, as I began to buckle down and actually study bluegrass with an interest in learning how to understand it and be able to flatpack, I started to get the glimmering of an understanding of the amount of sheer work and discipline it takes to do anything well.

    Still Inside, when it came out, exposed me to his humanity and the admiration of others (whom I admired for their musicianship) for Tony Rice.

    So when I saw him in February 2013 with the Bluegrass Album Band, I identified completely with Josh Williams, who had to fill Tony's shoes singing lead with the group: he blanked on the beginning of one of the verses to the opening number, Blueridge Cabin Home. His voice cracked a little when he tried to explain it to the audience after the song was over - "I realized that I was actually onstage with The Bluegrass Album Band".

    RIP Tony Rice, we're gonna miss you. Thanks for being who you were.
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    RIP, Tony.

    The greatest guitarist in bluegrass, and one of the greatest acoustic guitarists of all time.

    Tony "changed the music".
    Before him, nobody played the way he did.
    After him, nearly everybody wanted to add a bit of Tony's sound to their playing.

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    Tony sure could play Clarence Whites old "Bone!" What a guitar man! Tony sure could pull the tone out of that ole Gal! I heard a story from my Uncle Dick Smith when he played banjo with the Country Gentlemen in the early 80's-something happened to Charlie Wallers Martin so Tony let him play his trusty ole Clarence 28 Bone but Charlie being a rhythm player couldn't play the Clarence as the action was so low for Tony's lead style! I thought that was a neat story about that famed old Martin!

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    Rip.

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    That's sad news,,I saw him play with David Grisman in San Francisco in the late '70s...

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    That wonderful music is a balm and essential for the human spirit cannot be denied; Tony Rice and his profound contribution will be with us forever. His music brings me shivers, RIP Tony Rice Doug In Vermont

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    Very fortunate to have seen him perform live with David Grisman in Carmel, Ca. and in San Francisco.

    RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Tony said to me, “I can’t write tunes.” I told him that he absolutely could, and the very next day he came in with his first composition, “Swing ’51”, which we recorded on the first DGQ LP. I’d like to share that performance with you all. Rest in peace, “T”. "Swing 51" link: https://youtu.be/rbDf4sutxUU
    “I can’t write tunes.” Not too shabby, for that.
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    Such a bummer. The amount of players he inspired is staggering.

    One of the gifts I feel he gave us, among many, was the way he elevated some of our favorite mandolin players by playing for the song. In interviewing players for the podcast, the one’s that were able to play with Tony all seemed to have stories about how he was always concerned about how he was playing FOR THEM to sound good.

    I think sometimes that gets forgotten because of his incredible soloing and wonderful voice.

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    Saudade Tony Rice.

    Thank you for the music. You will live on in all of us. What a wonderful legacy you leave.
    Go Vandals!

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    May Tony Rice rest in eternal peace. He was my favorite flatpicker and for many years he was also a great singer. I feel blessed to have seen him live, twice.

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    Phenomenal guitar player and so young! I am very sad to hear. God be with his family and friends.

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    Very sad.. RIP TONY & Thank you for the music! Listening Strawberry 86 set all day & getting drunk..

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    In the early 80’s, a friend sent me a cassette tape of Tony’s Manzanita album, and that was my introduction. His singing and playing made me an instant fan. Years later, and after he lost his voice, I saw him play with Peter Rowan at a bar in Kansas City. I remember feeling annoyed by the people in the bar talking away while they played. I also remember sitting close enough to see him playing bass runs. So many music giants lost this year. R.I.P. Tony.

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