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Tony Rice - The Bluegrass Guitar Collection

The Bluegrass Guitar

Tony Rice


Rounder Records
One Camp Street
Cambridge, MA 02140

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Allen Price

Tony Rice can play any kind of music that suits him, and it will sound great. His flatpicking is the definition of sweet and clean. But for my money, it is never better than when he plays bluegrass instrumentals. This album takes some of his best work in that department and puts it on one album.

The Bluegrass Guitar Collection includes selections from Rice's albums with Norman Blake, the Tony Rice Unit, and the Bluegrass Album Band. There's a cut from Bela Fleck's incredible Drive. One gets not only Rice, but the high-powered company his playing attracts. JD Crowe, Sam Bush (on both mandolin and fiddle), David Grisman, Fleck, Blake, John Reischman, and many more are on this incredible collection. There are Monroe classics like Cheyenne and Big Mon. Traditional tunes like Soldier's Joy, Gold Rush and Bill Cheatham get Rice's respectful yet still individual treatment. And there's Whitewater and Birdland Breakdown for those looking for the newgrass sound. These two pieces were my favorite on the album.

There's no question that Tony Rice has broadened the role of bluegrass guitar over the years. Here's an exceptional collection that proves it.

Track List:

  • Tipper (Tony Rice)
  • Monroe's Hornpipe (Bill Monroe)
  • Jerusalem Ridge (Bill Monroe)
  • New Chance Blues (Norman Blake)
  • Blackberry Blossom (Traditional)
  • Medley: Fiddler's Dram, Whiskey Before Breakfast (Traditional)
  • Whitewater (Bela Fleck)
  • Lost Indian (Ed Haley)
  • Stoney Point (Traditional)
  • Misty Morning (Doyle Lawson)
  • Gold Rush (Bill Monroe)
  • Foggy Mountain Rock (B. Graves- G. Stacey- L. Certain)
  • Stoney Creek (Jim and Jesse McReynolds)
  • Home Sweet Home (PD)
  • Bill Cheatham (Traditional)
  • Stoney Lonesome (Bill Monroe)
  • Soldier's Joy (PD)
  • Cheyenne (Bill Monroe)
  • Big Mon (Bill Monroe)
  • Birdland Breakdown (John Reischman)
  • Port Tobacco (Tony Rice)

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2004, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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