When it comes to bluegrass guitar players there is a rare agreed-upon best among music lovers and musicians–and that person is Tony Rice. The late grate Rice was undoubtedly the most influential, beloved and inventive musician in all of bluegrass and Americana music.
Rice passed away in late 2020, but far before his death is was apparent that his musical stylings would live on in droves long after he died in the artists he inspired.
This year on Dec. 24, the evening before the year anniversary of Rice’s death, bluegrass instrumentalist and producer Barry Waldrep will be releasing a 21-track tribute to Rice laden with special guests titled Barry Waldrep and Friends Celebrate Tony Rice.
“Music knows no boundaries and Tony created so many great examples of that. When you cross the line of other genres, that’s when you expand the audience and turn people on to other styles that they would not normally be interested in,” said Waldrep in a press release. “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.”
When one looks at the lineup it becomes abundantly apparent of the reach Rice had–even beyond bluegrass. The tribute album features jam-band royalty Warren Haynes and Oteil Burbridge, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Spooner Oldham and Patrick Simmons, Americana Greats Jim Lauderdale and Rodney Crowell, and country stars Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill; still, that lineup is just a fraction of the guests featured on the album.
Waldrep continued to say, “All of these artists knew the music of Tony Rice very well—artists from Classic & Southern Rock Royalty to Heavy Metal, Americana, Country & Roots Gospel. Also included are some of the greatest musicians and harmony singers in the business that were influenced by Tony as well.”
Preorder Barry Waldrep and Friends Celebrate Tony Rice here.
Barry Waldrep and Friends Celebrate Tony Rice Tracklist:
Why You Been Gone So Long – Featuring Jimmy Hall
Song For The Life – Featuring Rodney Crowell
10 Degrees and Getting Colder – Featuring Darrell Scott
Blue Railroad Train – Featuring Marty Raybon
Walk On Boy – Featuring Mike Farris
Early Morning Rain – Featuring Kim Richey
Wayfaring Stranger – Featuring Warren Haynes
I’ll Stay Around – Featuring Vince Gill
Song For A Winter Night – Featuring Radney Foster
EMD – Featuring Barry Waldrep, Tammy Rogers, John Jorgenson and John Cowan
You Were There For Me – Featuring Teresa Williams and Larry Cambell
Church Street Blues – Featuring Jim Lauderdale
This Old House – Featuring John Berry
9 Pound Hammer – Featuring Pat Simmons
Four Strong Winds – Featuring John Paul White
More Pretty Girls Than One – Featuring Jacob Bunton
Summer Wages – Featuring Barry Waldrep, Tammy Rogers, Spooner Oldham
It’s Cold On The Shoulder – Featuring John Jorgenson
Bury Me Beneath The Willow – Featuring Rory Feek
Where The Soul Never Dies – Featuring Donna Hall and Kelli Johnson
Me And My Guitar – Featuring John Cowan