LARRY RICE 'If You Only Knew. . . The Best of Larry Rice'

LARRY RICE 'If You Only Knew. . . The Best of Larry Rice'

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Here is a reissue album that is long overdue. Larry RiceÑbrother of Tony RiceÑwas a very early member of J.D. CroweÕs Kentucky Mountain Boys (later the ÒNew SouthÓ) in the days when Crowe was holding down a long running gig at the Holiday Inn in Lexington, Kentucky (an unusual ÒplumÓ of a job for a Bluegrass band in those days). Rice played a fine mandolin and sang harmony parts alongside Red Allen, Doyle Lawson and Bobby Sloan. He cut one album of his own back then, for the King Bluegrass label (MR. POVERTY), then recorded 5 subsequent albums on his own for the Rebel label. This re-issue contains the best of his Rebel work, all done with a variety of great musicians including his brother Tony, who is very much present on 11 of the 16 tracks here and plays some amazing lead guitar. Some of the other musicians who helped on these tracks were Sammy Shelor, Rickie and Ronnie Simpkins, Mark Schatz, Sharon White, Vassar Clements, Tom Adams, Mark Johnson , Mike Munford, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The songs are a nice mix of traditional (USED TO BE, PRETTY POLLY, OLÕ BLUE, etc), some fine newer songs (AUNT MARYÕS SPRING and Arthur HancockÕs lovely SUNDAY SILENCE) plus a nice group of LarryÕs own songs like PLASTIC PEOPLE TOWN, UNEMPLOYMENT LINE, HURRICANE ELENA and FOUR WHEEL DRIVE. Tony RiceÕs NEVER MEANT TO BE is a gem here, with Larry joined by Jeff Parker on the vocals, and Tony supplying great lead guitar. Larry Rice, who lived primarily in Florida, died back in 2006, but left us some fine Bluegrass music as can be heard here

Artists:

  • LARRY RICE
  • TONY RICE
  • LIS WILLIAMSON
  • GABE VALLA
  • MIKE MUNFORD
  • RICKIE SIMPKINS
  • RONNIE RICE
  • JEFF PARKER
  • WYATT RICE
  • SAMMY SHELOR
  • FRANK POINDEXTER
  • RONNIE SIMPKINS
  • SHARON WHITE
  • PAUL FRANKLIN
  • VASSAR CLEMENTS
  • BOB MATER
  • TOM ADAMS
  • STEVE WILSON
  • ROBBIE MAGRUDER
  • MARK SCHATZ
  • JAMES "TUCK" TUCKER

Track Listing:

  • AUNT MARY'S SPRING
  • COO COO'S NEST
  • IF YOU ONLY KNEW
  • RAINY DAY PEOPLE
  • WITHOUT MENTIONING YOUR NAME
  • NEVER MEANT TO BE
  • SUNDAY SILENCE
  • OL' BLUE
  • USED TO BE
  • TINSEL TOWN
  • PRETTY POLLY
  • UNEMPLOYMENT LINE
  • TAKE MY RING FROM YOUR FINGER
  • HURRICANE ELENA
  • PLASTIC PEOPLE TOWN
  • FOUR WHEEL DRIVE