Wyatt Rice

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Wyatt Rice
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Background information
Born (1965-01-06) January 6, 1965 (age 53)
Long Beach, California
Genres Bluegrass Music, New Acoustic Music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1984–present
Labels Rounder Records, Mountain Fever Records
Associated acts The Tony Rice Unit, Wyatt Rice and Santa Cruz, The Ronnie Bowman Committee, Wyatt Rice and Richard Bennett.
Website wyattrice.com

Wyatt Rice is an American guitarist and bluegrass musician. He is best known for his solo albums and his work in his brother's group the Tony Rice Unit.[1]


Rice was born in Long Beach, California but grew up in Florida and other locations. He began playing guitar at age six, learning from his father Herb Rice. He also played alto saxophone, bassoon, and bass in his school marching band.[2]

At age 17, Rice moved from Florida to California to be a member of his brother Tony Rice's band, the Tony Rice Unit.[3][4]

In 1990, Rice released his all-instrumental solo album New Market Gap on the Rounder Records label with help from Rickie Simpkins (fiddle), Sammy Shelor (banjo), Ray Legere (mandolin), and Ron Rice (bass).[1][5]

Rice formed his own band Santa Cruz in 1995 and in 1996, released the album Picture in a Tear. Personnel included Elmer Burchett (banjo), Ricky Riddle (mandolin), Junior Sisk (guitar), and Timmy Massey (bass).[6]

Rice joined Ronnie Bowman’s band The Committee in 2003 along with Andy Hall (resonator guitar), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), Jessie Cobb (Mandolin) Mike Anglin (bass) and Garnet Imes Bowman (harmony vocals).[7][8]

In 2013, Rice began touring with fellow flatpicking guitarist Richard Bennett.[9][10]

In 2016, Rice and Dan Menzone released the Something Out of the Blue album on the Mountain Fever Records as the Wyatt Rice and Dan Menzone Alliance. Other artists involved include Rob Ickes (dobro), Fred Carpenter (fiddle), Adam Steffey (mandolin), and Ron Rice (bass).[11] Donna Hughes wrote the lead-off song, "Lonesome Highway" which was sung by Russell Moore and Dale Ann Bradley.[12]

Wyatt recorded the music instruction DVD “Advanced Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar” for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, with Rickie Simpkins, Kenny Smith, Sammy Shelor, and Tony Rice. Rice also operates Rice Recording Studio, and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at East Tennessee State University, teaching Guitar.

Rice is also a member of the Crooked Road Guitar Masters, along with Claiborne Woodall, Josh Pickett, and Sammy Shelor.[13][14]


Solo albums[edit]

  • 1990: New Market Gap (Rounder)[15]
  • 1996: Picture in a Tear (Rounder) with Santa Cruz[16]

With Tony Rice[edit]

Larry and Wyatt Rice[edit]

The Rice Brothers[edit]

Wyatt Rice and Rickie Simpkins[edit]

  • 2001: New Acoustic Christmas (FGM)
  • 2005: Pickin’ on Martina McBride (CMH)
  • 2005: Pickin’ on Vince Gill (CMH)
  • 2006: Pickin’ on Van Zant (CMH)

Wyatt Rice, David Grier, and Kenny Smith[edit]

  • 2002: Live in Concert DVD (Flatpicking Guitar Magazine)

The Dan Menzone and Wyatt Rice Alliance[edit]

Also appears on[edit]

Music Instruction[edit]

  • 2000: Advanced Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar DVD (Flatpicking Guitar Magazine)[18]


  • IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year – The Tony Rice Unit – 1991, 1995[19]
  • IBMA Recorded Event of the Year award for "What'll I Do" - Terry Baucom - 2013.[20]


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Michael (1997). All Music Guide to Country: The Experts' Guide to the Best Recordings in Country Music. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ Derek Halsey (June 4, 2015). "Wyatt Rice Honors Brother". Herald-Dispatch. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ Sandra Beasley (February 14, 2014). "Tony Rice, Guitar Hero". New York Times Magazine. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ Jon Stone (May 10, 2011). "Tony Rice Unit Live At The Watseka Theatre". American Songwriter. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ John Lawless (August 3, 2016). "Rounder digital reissues hit this week". Bluegrass Today. Retrieved September 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ George Hauenstein. "Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz: Picture in a Tear". Country Standard Time. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Ronnie Bowman & The Committee". Walnut Valley Festival. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  8. ^ Bob Mitche. "It's Getting Better All The Time: Ronnie Bowman". Louisville News. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Wyatt Rice and Richard Bennett". Music City Roots. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Richard Bennett & Wyatt Rice Sign with Rock House Entertainment". Cybergrass. November 18, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  11. ^ John Curtis Goad (April 11, 2016). "Something Out of the Blue - The Rice-Menzone Alliance". Bluegrass Today. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Lonesome Highway Song on new Wyatt Rice album". Donna Hughes. June 1, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  13. ^ "TCR Guitar Masters". Mountains of Music. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  14. ^ Susan L. Pena (June 11, 2017). "Music from the Crooked Road Tour winds its way to Reading". Reading Eagle. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  15. ^ Mike Joyce (February 8, 1991). "Brace of Basnjoists Heading This Way". Washington Post. Retrieved September 25, 2017. 
  16. ^ Jim Zimmerschied. "Picture in a Tear: Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz". Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Dan Menzone and Wyatt Rice Alliance, Something Out of the Blue". Bluegrass Unlimited. August 1, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Advanced Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar DVD". Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Recipient History". International Bluegrass Music Association. Retrieved 30 April 2018. 
  20. ^ "Banjo Man Terry Baucom's New Single - "What'll I Do"". Prescription Bluegrass. April 3, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2017. 

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