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About the video

Tony Rice playing "Shenandoah" in Bluegrass Journey, a documentary film
portrait of the contemporary bluegrass music scene.

About the artist

Tony Rice was born in Danville, VA, and grew up in California, where he and his
brother came up making bluegrass music. He later moved to Kentucky to play
music. There, he hooked up with the Bluegrass Alliance and J.D. Crowe and the
New South.

From playing with the New South, Rice hooked up with David Grisman, who
encouraged him to experiment with styles other than bluegrass. Eventually, Rice
ventured out as a solo artist. In 1980, he formed the Bluegrass Album Band with
Doyle Lawson, Bobby Hicks, J.D. Crowe, and Todd Phillips. They made six
albums together, in addition to Rice's variant solo work and two recordings with
his brother Wyatt as the Rice Brothers.

From expanding the definition of contemporary bluegrass music to incorporating
the influence of jazz and singer-songwriter folk, Tony Rice is one of the most
admired and respected artists in contemporary folk and bluegrass music. He's
also lauded as an accomplished guitarist.