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Rob1956 12-27-2020 08:45 PM

Tony Rice
Condolences to the family of Tony Rice, a world renown bluegrass musician and expert guitarist. He was especially profound using the "flatpicking" style which is difficult to learn and perform. Tony was a big fan of Gordon's. His CD, "Tony Rice Sings Gordon Lightfoot" was released in 1996 and is still available on Amazon. Tony died Christmas "suddenly" according to the family.

paskatefan 12-28-2020 07:23 AM

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I wasn't familiar with him, but am so sorry to hear of his passing. Condolences to his family & may he rest in peace


Dave, Melbourne,Australia 12-28-2020 08:27 PM

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I am very sad hearing that. Tony Rice's album of Gordon Lightfoot covers triggered my love of bluegrass music. He died suddenly on Christmas Day aged 69 while making his morning coffee.

This is the album I bought in the 1990s:

And the "Go My Way" track from it is the one I chose for my "60th birthday" album compiled earlier this year and described in Corfid's Small Talk forum:

imported_Ordinary_Man 12-28-2020 08:51 PM

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I was a big fan and have several of his albums. That he was a Lightfoot fan was just icing on the cake. Was very sad to hear of his passing. RIP.

Dave, Melbourne,Australia 12-30-2020 07:25 AM

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I just discovered this live video of "Freeborn Man". An awesome set of talented musicians, led by Tony Rice. He has often been called the greatest ever acoustic guitarist.

Andy T. 12-30-2020 12:36 PM

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It's rather ironic, because I recently decided I needed to fill some gaps in my already-extensive collection of GL covers. I knew that Tony had done more than had been collected on that one album, which was all I had. So, last week, I spent a couple of hours digging on YouTube, finding the others I had missed and, well, transferred them from YT to MP3 for my files. That was on December 23.

Today I look at corfid and find the news. *sigh*

Dave, Melbourne,Australia 12-31-2020 05:57 AM

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For those interested in video of Tony performing a Lightfoot song, here is a live version of "Home From The Forest":

Off Yonge Street 01-02-2021 02:52 PM

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I'm sorry to learn of the passing of Tony Rice. Thank you sharing the very sad news and the links.

I have several albums where artists cover songs only written by Lightfoot ("Tony Rice Sings Gordon Lightfoot", "The Long River: A Personal Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot" by J.P. Cormier, "Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot" (by various artists), "Love and Maple Syrup - The Piano of John Arpin Plays Gordon Lightfoot", "Tapestries - The Music of Gordon Lightfoot" by Perry Novak and Bob Volkman with Ernest Lyons, "Lullaby Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot" (by the Lullaby Players) and "Max Wiseman Sings Gordon Lightfoot"). The albums by Tony Rice and J.P. Cormier are my two favourites among such albums.

If you are open to bluegrass interpretations of Lightfoot's music, I strongly recommend the album "Tony Rice Sings Gordon Lightfoot".

On the back cover of "Tony Rice Sings Gordon Lightfoot", Lightfoot is quoted as saying the following about the album: ". . . fantastic contemporary bluegrass renditions of these songs . . . the musicianship on the collection is marvellous, getting into some high profile instrumental work. Thank you, Tony." (The ellipses are part of the quotation that is included on the back cover of the album.)

If an album is good enough for Gordon Lightfoot . . .

Dave, Melbourne,Australia 01-02-2021 09:54 PM

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A live Tony Rice version of Lightfoot's "Shadows":

Dave, Melbourne,Australia 02-03-2021 06:05 AM

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And here's a live Tony Rice version of Lightfoot's "Cold On The Shoulder":

BendRick 02-22-2021 07:57 PM

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That's sad news about Tony Rice. I have two CDs of his, Tony Rice sings Gordon Lightfoot and Bluegrass Guitar Collection.

Dave, Melbourne,Australia 03-02-2021 06:32 AM

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A live Tony Rice version of Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain":

Dave, Melbourne,Australia 04-03-2021 07:04 PM

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A live Tony Rice version of Lightfoot's "Song For A Winter's Night":

Dave, Melbourne,Australia 06-05-2021 05:32 AM

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A live Tony Rice version of Lightfoot's "Bitter Green":

Dave, Melbourne,Australia 07-02-2021 04:07 AM

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A live Tony Rice version of Lightfoot's "Ten Degrees And Getting Colder":

Dave, Melbourne,Australia 08-03-2021 05:37 PM

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Tony Rice's studio performance of Gord's "Whispers Of The North":

Dave, Melbourne,Australia 09-06-2021 05:48 PM

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And for my final YouTube offering, here is Tony Rice's studio performance of Lightfoot's "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald":

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