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11 January 2024
Bluegrass guitar wizard Tony Rice's 1980s classic set for re-release

Bluegrass guitar master Tony Rice’s acclaimed 1983 album, Church Street Blues is set for a special vinyl reissue on April 5th via Craft Recordings.

 

Long out-of-print, the album featured the Grammy-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter interpreting an eclectic selection of modern and traditional folk songs, including Tom Paxton’s Last Thing on My Mind, Bob Dylan’s One More Night, Ralph McTell's Streets of London, and Norman Blake’s title track.

 

One of the most revered names in bluegrass and an enormously influential guitarist, Rice, who died aged sixty-nine in 2020, helped to shape the sound of the genre and the new acoustic music that grew out of it.

 

Born in Virginia and raised in Los Angeles, he launched his career in Louisville, Kentucky, where he became the lead vocalist and guitarist of J.D. Crowe’s legendary bluegrass group, The New South, alongside dobro legend Jerry Douglas and mandolinist Ricky Skaggs.

 

In the mid-’70s, not long after the release of their self-titled bestseller, Rice returned to California to join mandolin virtuoso David Grisman’s quintet. Working alongside Grisman, Rice broadened his musical palate—exploring jazz, classical and other styles—while honing his technique on the guitar.

 

Although Rice was a crucial contributor to the New South and Grisman’s group, Church Street Blues featured him largely solo, showcasing his strengths as a performer and as a musician of exceptional gifts.  

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