Happy Birthday Tony Rice: Performing At 1st MerleFest With Béla Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Mark O’Connor & John Cowan
Legendary guitarist Tony Rice was born on this date in 1951. The influential and massively talented musician was 69-years-old when he died on December 25, 2020. Rice was an iconic figure in the modern bluegrass movement, positioning himself among the all-time great pickers. From his first public performance on the radio age 9 through the end of his career, Rice amassed an important body of work both in the studio and on stage. He was given the International Bluegrass Music Awards honor of Guitar Player of the Year five times in the 1990s.