Ricky Skaggs, Kenny Chesney, Rosanne Cash & More pay homage to Tony Rice


The bluegrass giant, known for his innovative and stylish flatpicking, released dozens of albums dating back to the early 1970s and performed alongside major artists such as Dolly Parton and Jerry Garcia.
Rice has received numerous awards over the decades, including a Grammy in 1993 for Best Country Instrumental Performance, and was a six-time recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Guitarist of the Year award.
His death was confirmed in a declaration of the IBMA.
Cash tweeted that Rice’s death leaves a “huge void” in the bluegrass community and that the guitarist “has never played a bad note in his life.”

Chesney, meanwhile, credited Rice with inspiration from his childhood and recalls seeing the deceased musician perform at an IBMA festival spent in Kentucky.

“Tony Rice inspired so many people including a kid like me from East Tennessee who was impressed with the way he sang and played Me And My Guitar,” the country superstar tweeted. “I’ll never forget watching him sing that at the IBMA Bluegrass Festival in Owensboro, Ky. It’s imprinted in my brain forever!” ”

And Womack called Rice “one of my favorites” in a heartfelt tweet. “I’ve had so much fun over the years listening to his records, having bootleg tapes and finding gems on YouTube (look for @MerleFest stuff),” she writes. “Thanks Tony for the music. ”

See more tributes to Rice on social media below.


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