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.
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.
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.