Krauss/Rice feature in Washington Post

The Washington PostRichard Harrington has a nice piece in this morning’s Washington Post on the current Alison Krauss & Union Station tour featuring the music – and the person – of Tony Rice.

“My love and admiration for Tony goes back to what made me really want to play music,” Krauss says, recalling recently that she heard his early records as a teenager, when she was immersed in classical violin. “My whole concept of music itself came alive because of Tony.

“The singing and the playing are so shockingly beautiful,” Krauss says from her Nashville home. “But for me, more than anything, it was Tony’s production of the songs that he chose to sing, and the kind of person he portrayed, and portrays, himself to be in the choices he makes musically. His records are the textbooks for me. Tony is the epitome of the kind of things that I would want to be someday — that’s my desire as a musician, to reach for that.”

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Thanks to reader and friend Mark Byrum for the heads up.

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