Luke Combs, Jason Isbell, Billy Strings & More Remember Bluegrass Legend Tony Rice

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Bluegrass legend and prominent flatpicker, the great Tony Rice passed away on Christmas day. He was 69.

His longtime friend and collaborator Ricky Skaggs released the following statement on behalf of the family:

“Sometime during Christmas morning while making his coffee, our dear friend and guitar hero Tony Rice passed from this life and made his swift journey to his heavenly home. It’s still quite a shock to the whole family.

After talking with Tony’s wife Pam and their daughter India, they asked if I would make a statement on their behalf and give them some privacy to process during this difficult time. I was honored to help out. Tony is also survived by his brothers Wyatt and Ronnie, and all of you who loved his music and those who will continue to share it with others.”

As one of the most talented pickers in the history of bluegrass, his influence is widespread in the country music community. And many, including Luke Combs, Jason Isbell, and more, have taken to social media to offer their condolences, share their memories, and give thanks for the impact that he has left on them.

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