Rebel Records has announced the September 30 release of If You Only Knew…The Best of Larry Rice. This retrospective collection will include 16 cuts from Larry’s five albums with the label between 1986 and 2005. Larry died in 2006 following a long battle with cancer.
Much of the material in this anthology was recorded with brother Tony on guitar, many of the songs being Larry’s compositions. They were taken from the following records: Hurricanes and Daydreams (1986), Time Machine (1986), Artesia (1990), Notions and Novelties (1996), and Clouds Over Carolina (2005).
Larry’s career preceeded that of his younger brother Tony, though they had played together as boys while living in California. The elder Rice held a job with J.D. Crowe before Tony came into the band, and set off on a solo career after leaving Crowe.
Rebel owner Dave Freeman hopes that shining this light on Rice’s music will help folks recall what a talented musician he was.
“We are so delighted to put this project out on Larry. He was such an excellent mandolin picker, singer and songwriter but never truly got the recognition he deserved. I guess he could be called a ‘journeyman’ musician—never really in the spotlight but well-appreciated by other artists and hard-core bluegrass fans. I think folks will realize he was all that and more when they listen to this collection.”
Both manufactured CDs and digital downloads will be available next Tuesday.