Tony Rice, R.I.P.

By Chris Sommovigo

Tony Rice, R.I.P.


As if 2020 hadn't hurt the world enough, on Christmas Day we lost another Olympian of music.

From Ricky Scaggs:

“Sometime during Christmas morning while making his coffee, our dear friend and guitar hero Tony Rice passed from this life and made his swift journey to his heavenly home,”

I've been playing lots of Bluegrass since Christmas, especially this legendary duet with David Grisman, "Tone Poems" - recalled to me by my friend, John Toney, who posted it to his Facebook feed.

There's so much to say about his music, and yet the whole of this loss is far beyond the parts that could be patched into words. When you listen, you will feel. When you feel, you will know. When you know, words will become superfluous.