The bluegrass huge, identified for his innovative and classy flatpicking, launched dozens of albums relationship back to the early 1970s and played along with this sort of key artists as Dolly Parton and Jerry Garcia.
Rice obtained many awards about the a long time, including a Grammy in 1993 for greatest state instrumental efficiency and was a six-time recipient of the Global Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) guitar participant of the yr honor.
His demise was confirmed in a statement from the IBMA.
Income tweeted that Rice’s demise leaves an “massive vacancy” in the bluegrass group and that the guitarist “never ever played a negative observe in his lifestyle.”
Chesney, in the meantime, credited Rice as an inspiration from his childhood and recalled observing the late musician perform at a previous IBMA pageant in Kentucky.
“Tony Rice influenced so numerous which include a child like me from East Tennessee who was in awe of the way he sang and played Me And My Guitar,” the nation celebrity tweeted. “I’ll hardly ever fail to remember viewing him sing that at the IBMA Bluegrass Pageant in Owensboro, Ky. It is printed in my mind without end!”
And Womack referred to as Rice “1 of my very favorites” in a heartfelt tweet. “I have gotten so significantly enjoyment in excess of the several years from listening to his information, bootleg cassette tapes & getting gems on YouTube (glimpse for the @MerleFest things),” she wrote. “Thank you Tony for the new music.”
See much more social media tributes to Rice underneath.