Watch Tony Rice Perform ‘Shenandoah’ At Grey Fox 2002

By Scott Bernstein Dec 28, 2020 8:01 am PST

The bluegrass world lost a legend on Christmas when guitarist Tony Rice died at age 69. A video captured at the 2002 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival recently shared by Less Than Face Productions shows Rice at his best.

While Tony collaborated with a who’s who of musical greats including Norman Blake, Bela Fleck, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, the video shared from Grey Fox features a solo performance. Rice displays his skills on the traditional “Shenandoah.”

“Shenandoah” was originally released by John Goos & The Cathedral Male Voice Quartet in 1928 as per Secondhand Songs. Tony Rice unveiled his version on his 2000 Tony Rice Unit album, Unit Of Measure. Rice’s arrangement uses dropped D tuning and features gorgeous harmonics and melodies.

Check out Tony Rice’s July 2002 performance of “Shenandoah” below:

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  • Guitarist Tony Rice 1951 - 2020

    Guitarist Tony Rice 1951 - 2020

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