Tony Rice, backstage at GAMH, SF.May 27, 1977, 28-20-4A. Acoustic guitarist and bluegrass musician. Rice is considered as one of the greatest and most influential acoustic guitar players of all time, particularly in bluegrass, progressive bluegrass, newgrass and acoustic jazz.
Rice spans the range of acoustic music, from traditional bluegrass to jazz-influenced "Spacegrass" music, to songwriter-oriented folk. Over the course of his career, he has played alongside J. D. Crowe and the New South, David Grisman (during the formation of "Dawg Music") and Jerry Garcia, led his own Tony Rice Unit, collaborated with Norman Blake, recorded with his brothers Wyatt, Ron and Larry and co-founded the Bluegrass Album Band. He has recorded with drums, piano, soprano sax, as well as with traditional Bluegrass instrumentation.