Tony Rice, Known as one of the leading bluegrass musical legends of the 1970s, died on Christmas Day at the age of 69.
The International Bluegrass Music Association confirmed the news in a statement to Fox News.
“We say goodbye to one of the greatest voices and musicians in the history of Bluegrass. David Anthony ‘Tony’ Rice passed away at his home in Reedsville, NC,” the report reads in part. “For those of us lucky enough to know and hear Mr. Rice, it is impossible to put into words his infinite talent and influence. As a singer, songwriter and guitarist, there are few who can match the impact he has made on Bluegrass and sound music.”
The artist’s former label, Rounder Records, further praised the music legend in a statement on Facebook.
“We are all deeply saddened by the news that Tony Rice has passed away suddenly on Christmas Day. We extend our deepest condolences to his loved ones and many of his fans. May he rest in peace.” Reading the post.
Rice is very popular for playing with the New South band with Ricky Skokes. Skokes was one of the musicians who shared their thoughts on Rice’s life and influence.
“Tony Rice has been one of the most influential acoustic guitar players of the last 50 years. Scox wrote on Facebook.
He continued: “Tony was not only a great guitarist, he was one of the most stylistic lead singers in the history of bluegrass music. When I joined The New South in 1974, I knew I would find a singing soul mate. Our voices sounded like brothers. .In 1980, we paid homage to our duet heroes with the simplicity of guitar, mandolin and our voices on Sugar Hill’s album ‘Scokes and Rice’. After all these years people still tell me the purity of that record.
According to Variety, Rice joined J.D. before joining Scotts in the early 1970s. Was a member of Crow’s New South. He then performed with countless groups, and presented a few such as The Tony Rice Unit. He is also notable for his work with Panchoist Bela Fleck and Jerry Garcia.
Rice’s 2013 induction at the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame last reported that the store’s report made it difficult for him to read his beloved instrument because of his medical condition as he played guitar in public. He has never sung live since he was diagnosed with muscle-tension dysphonia in 1994.
It didn’t take long for other country artists to pay homage to Rice on social media.
“I heard about the demise of Tony Rice. No one in my music world had much of an impact. His play, songwriting, writing and arrangement can break the bluegrass axes and take you anywhere, anytime, forever attesting to the truth of music,” he wrote. Chris Dil.
“Playing with Tony is like climbing a magic carpet.” Flake added. “Playing his rhythm set you free …”
“Tony Rice was an inspiration to many, including a child like me from East Tennessee, who was amazing at the way he sang and played me and my guitar. I will never forget him singing it at the IBMA Bluegrass Festival at Kay Owensboro. Relax, ” Kenny Chesney wrote.