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When Richard Bennett and Wyatt Rice perform together it's always something special, a magical musical experience that everyday acoustic music fans, and musicians as well, will appreciate. The two guitarists go way back and enjoy bringing their music, performed with different bands over the years, to the stage with their acoustic style guitar duo and bass accompanist. This is a special treat that your audience will appreciate and look forward to again.
Richard Bennett & Wyatt Rice
Richard Bennett is a singer/songwriter and flatpicking guitarist who has made noted contributions to bluegrass and acoustic music. Coming from an East 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 Schatz 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" CD. Richard then appeared on three albums with Jimmy Gaudreau and Mike Auldridge, and toured as Auldridge/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. Today, you can find Richard Bennett on the road promoting the new CD "In The Wind Somewhere", 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. The last few years Bennett has been focusing on song writing and collaborating with new song writers and and has released some extremely well received solo projects. At this time, he is working on the new Flashback CD, as well as an upcoming solo release.
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. When the Tony Rice Unit came together in 1984, it featured Wyatt Rice on rhythm guitar. That band made an indelible footprint in the world of acoustic music, giving Wyatt world-wide exposure as a rhythm and lead guitarist. During this time, Wyatt participated in numerous side projects, including recording his own CD for Rounder Records “New Market Gap” , as well as two projects with his brothers "The Rice Brothers". He toured and recorded on many projects with oldest brother Larry that also included a CD that's now out on Pinecastle Records" Larry and Wyatt Rice".