8 June 1951, Danville, Virginia, USA. Although he is primarily known for his bluegrass recordings, over the course of four decades Rice has established himself as one of the leading acoustic guitarists in any genre of music. Raised in California, Rice was introduced to bluegrass by his father and grew up playing alongside his brothers Larry, Ron and Wyatt. In 1970, Rice relocated to Kentucky where he played with Lonnie Peerces Bluegrass Alliance and then J.D. Crowes New South. The latter unit introduced Rice to a world beyond traditional bluegrass, and he played an instrumental part in the recording of their seminal 1975 release, J.D. Crowe & The New South. Rice branched out into solo work in the mid-70s, but more importantly worked with mandolin player David Grisman in an instrumental quintet that broke down the barriers of traditional country music by blending in elements of jazz and classical styles.
In 1979, Rice formed...
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