28 October 2021

Commemorating Tony Rice (update)

Last Friday (22 Oct.) Sandy Hatley reported on Bluegrass Today, on the induction of legendary guitarist David Anthony 'Tony' Rice into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Among other inductees were the Briarhoppers string band, founded in 1934.

Yesterday (27 Oct.) John Lawless reported on Bluegrass Today that a Tony Rice Music Scholarship to assist young players has been founded in North Carolina with an initial private grant of $25,000. Further donations are welcomed; see the Bluegrass Today feature for details.

The image above is from the cover of the authorised biography Still inside: the Tony Rice story (2010), written by Tim Stafford and Caroline Wright, and published by Word of Mouth Press.

Update 30 Oct.: Barry Waldrep & friends celebrate Tony Rice, the first album to appear as a tribute to him, is due for release on 24 Dec. 2021, with twenty-one tracks and many notable artists taking part. An audio single of 'Blue railroad train', sung by Marty Raybon, can be heard in John Lawless's feature on Bluegrass Today.

© Richard Hawkins

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