Rice tribute, Kidd G see light of today
Friday, December 24, 2021
– On the one-year anniversary of the passing of bluegrass guitar great Tony Rice, instrumentalist and producer Barry Waldrep created a 21-song tribute, "Barry Waldrep and Friends Celebrate Tony Rice." Vince Gill, John Paul White, Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, Emmylou Harris and Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule are among the artists on the collection. ""The intent of this album and the artists involved is to show what a powerhouse master Tony Rice was at bringing musicians and fans together from different genres," said Waldrep.
Teen artist Kidd G is out with a deluxe version of "Down Home Boy: Gone Since Last October (Deluxe Explicit)." The Georgia native gained traction with his music on SoundCloud. Co-writing each song on the 18-track collection, the deluxe version expands upon the original which The New York Times included in their Best Albums of 2021 list, calling it "the year's best country debut album."
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Tony Rice's CD is yet another tribute to Bill Monroe, collected from several albums. Bluegrass is seeing a greater emphasis on the guitar than Monroe placed on it in his bands. Rice is still active as a guitarist, but his acclaimed singing voice is mostly something of the past. Various throat problems make it difficult for him to speak at great lengths and singing is very rare.
A criticism of this release could be that it's just another anthology. There have been other Rice ...
Tony Rice is one of the most influential musicians of this generation. His smooth vocal style and one-of-a-kind guitar picking, brought countless new fans to bluegrass and acoustic music. Alison Krauss lists Rice as one of her main influences.
Rice is still a trail-blazer on the guitar, though vocal problems prevent him from singing these days. This is a collection of some of his best work from the '80s and '90s plus 3 previously unreleased cuts. Green Light On The Southern, ...
Tony Rice has been a fixture in the bluegrass scene for over three decades. He epitomizes the hard driving instrumental style associated with bluegrass music. He has successfully experimented with other genres, but the core of his music is bluegrass. A decade ago, throat problems silenced his singing, but Rice's guitar playing has never lost its power and attraction.
This CD is a compilation from many recordings. Included are so many standards that you'll have a hard time picking a favorite, but ...