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Tony Rice: 1951 – 2020


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The bluegrass community lost one of its giants on Christmas Day with the passing of flatpick guitarist Tony Rice at age 69. Rice recorded dozens of albums as a bandleader and collaborator with the likes of J.D. Crowe & the New South, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia and Norman Blake. He had not performed publicly in several years, having first lost his singing voice to muscle tension dysphonia, then his playing ability to lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow:


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