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Wyatt Rice & Richard Bennett Live
October 14 @ 7:30 pm| $12.00
Join us Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7:30pm for a special evening at the Floyd Country Store with two of the greatest flatpicking guitartists, Wyatt Rice & Richard Bennet. Both have made contributions to bluegrass and acoustic music world. Wyatt & Richard will be joined by bassist Tina Fields. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.
Richard Bennett is a singer/songwriter and flatpicking guitarist who has made noted contributions to bluegrass and acoustic music. Coming from an Eastern Tennessee musical family, Richard started playing guitar at the age of seven, and by 15 he was playing guitar for former Flatt & Scruggs fiddler Benny Sims. 1983 brought Richard’s first recording session in Nashville with Vassar Clements, Mark Shatz and Randy Howard. The same year he landed a job at Dollywood, a stint he would revisit throughout his career.
Richard left a powerful mark on bluegrass music in the 1990s as lead vocalist and guitarist for J.D. Crowe & The New South and contributed to the Grammy nominated Flashback record. Richard then appeared on three albums with Jimmy Gaudreau and Mike Aldridge and toured as Aldridge/Bennett/Gaudreau. Richard also released three solo CDs between 1997-2002 on Rebel Records and continued to tour in support of the new releases. In 2004 Richard joined Bobby Osborne & the Bluegrass Express and made several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. In 2012 Richard Bennett released Last Train From Poor Valley on Lonesome Day Records, which garnered airplay on Bluegrass, Folk and Americana Radio.
Richard Bennett will be on the road promoting the new CD, performing in a duo collaboration with Wyatt Rice and as a trio with Tina Fields on bass, crossing the music genres and venues of Bluegrass, folk and Americana
Fans of acoustic guitar music should be well acquainted with the name of Wyatt Rice. Wyatt was first spotlighted as an original member of the Tony Rice Unit where he played primarily rhythm guitar, although he had many opportunities for soloing as well. Wyatt has been featured on numerous recordings, videos, and has played countless gigs with the Tony Rice Unit. He played lead and rhythm guitar with his own band “Wyatt Rice &Santa Cruz” and with The Ronnie Bowman Committee. Wyatt has recorded or performed with players such as David Grisman, JD Crowe, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski, Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Rickie Simpkins, Ronnie Bowman, Lee Ann Womack, The Lonesome River Band, Sierra Hull, Ricky Skaggs, as well as his brothers Larry, Tony and Ronnie. Wyatt has recorded “Advanced Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar” (DVD) with Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and been featured on several of their special compilation CD’s.
Wyatt Rice was born in Long Beach California in 1965 but due to the need to move with the job, the Rice family was all over the country from Florida to California to Texas to Virginia, North Carolina, and places in between. Several members of the family played instruments and it was natural for the Rice brothers themselves to start playing. Thus, Wyatt found himself with a guitar in hand by age 6, playing “Little Brown Jug”. Although he kept up with guitar during his school years, Wyatt’s musical training included stints on alto saxophone, bassoon, and bass in the school marching band. By 10th grade, though, his attention was becoming firmly directed toward acoustic guitar, encouraged by older brother Tony’s developments in jazz-oriented Dawg and New Acoustic Music. When Tony recorded his landmark “Church Street Blues”
album, consisting of just voice and guitar, he flew Wyatt out to California to record a couple of tracks with him. From there on, Wyatt’s goal was to play guitar with Tony and, at age 17, he got his wish, moving from Florida to California to play on the “Backwaters” album.