Danny Knicely, Wyatt Rice & Mark Schatz!! CD RELEASE CONCERT!!

Danny Knicely, Wyatt Rice & Mark Schatz!! CD RELEASE CONCERT!!

Sep 6, 2014 |  0 comments
Date: Sep 6, 2014 Time: 8:00 pm Price: $18 in advance, $22 day of show Type: Bluegrass

This is a RARE opportunity to see these “in demand” artists together for a show!! Danny Knicely’s new release focuses on the true and natural tone of exquisitely fine acoustic instruments in the hands of master musicians. Danny plays a vintage D-18 Martin guitar and is accompanied by Wyatt Rice, rhythm/lead guitarist for the Tony Rice Unit, and twice named International Bluegrass Music Association’s bassist of the year, Mark Schatz, from Nickel Creek and the Claire Lynch Band. The album features  old-time flat-picking, open string swing, dreadnaught jazz, and includes cameo performances by Danny on mandolin and vocals. Recorded by Les Thompson, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the sound reproduction is accurate and captures the energy and groove of the trio. The album will be released on compact disc and for digital downloads on September 1, 2014 and will be available at www.dannykicely.com. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to see these exceptional musicians perform live in concert at limited showings in Virginia during the first week of September.

Danny: Danny Knicely comes from a musical family steeped in a mountain music tradition for generations. He first learned music from his grandfather, A.O. Knicely, who has been playing dances and social events in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia since the 1930’s. Danny has used his roots in old-time and bluegrass to explore various types of music from around the world. He has shared his music and collaborated with musicians in nearly a dozen countries spanning four continents, including U.S. State Department tours in Tunisia and Morocco. He is also musical director for the Mountain Music Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving traditional musicians worldwide and plays a major roll in a feature length documentary film called “The Mountain Music Project”. The film follows two Appalachian musicians on a journey through the Himalayas of Nepal and the mountains of Virginia while they experience the extraordinary connections between these two mountain cultures. As a multi-instrumentalist, Danny has won many awards for his mandolin, guitar, and fiddle expertise, including first place in the mandolin contest at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival. His masterful mandolinistry and original compositions can be heard on his debut album “Roots and Branches”. Danny is an avid music educator and has had students go on to attain degrees at institutions such as Berklee College of music and Oberlin Conservatory. He has also taught at some of the leading music camps in the U.S. including Augusta Heritage Center, Common Ground on the Hill, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and Millwood Blues Week.

Wyatt: 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. 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 Pinecatsle Records” Larry and Wyatt Rice” The Tony Rice Unit took a short break in the mid- 90’s and Wyatt took the opportunity to develop some more of his own ideas. Wyatt formed a new band called “Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz”. They toured and recorded a classic bluegrass CD for Rounder Records called “Picture In A Tear”. Shortly after, Wyatt started working particularly with Flatpicking Guitar Magazine on several projects. These include a DVD on “Advanced Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar”, a concert DVD with Kenny Smith and David Grier, and several appearances on special compilation CD’s. Wyatt then went on to record and produce a Christmas CD with long time friend, Rickie Simpkins “Acoustic Christmas”. Wyatt and Rickie then continued to record and produce several projects including 3 projects for CMH Records “Pickin On Series” (Martina McBride, Vince Gill, and Van Zant) When Ronnie Bowman, formerly of the Lonesome River Band, formed his own band- the Ronnie Bowman Committee- Wyatt was on-board, while also playing shows with the coming-out-of-hiatus Tony Rice Unit. And finally, Wyatt has been a featured instructor at Kaufman Kamp, Fur Peace Ranch, Roanoke Bluegrass Weekend, and Rocky Grass Academy. Wyatt’s brother Ronnie is not only a accomplished Bassist, but a mastering engineer for Time Life Records, and has a mastering lab “Rice Mastering”. With Ronnie’s help , Rice Recording was born. Wyatt and Ronnie work together as a team that has produced many master recordings by highly acclaimed artist such as The Steep Canyon Rangers, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, and record labels such as Rounder, Rebel, and many others. Today, Wyatt works with a varied palette that includes teaching, recording, and producing well known artist in his own studio “Rice Recording”. He continues to perform with the Tony Rice Unit to this day.

Mark: Mark Schatz (born April 23, 1955) is an American bassistbanjoistmandolinist, and clogger who has recorded and toured with artists such as albums for artists such as Bela FleckNickel CreekJerry DouglasMaura O’ConnellTony RiceJohn HartfordEmmylou HarrisLinda Ronstadt, and Tim O’Brien. He is a two timeInternational Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year award winner. Schatz toured and recorded with acclaimed progressive acoustic trio Nickel Creekfrom 2003 until the start of the band’s indefinite hiatus in late 2007. Schatz is also a renowned solo artist who has recorded two solo albums on Rounder Records, his debut produced by Bela Fleck. His band, “Mark Schatz & Friends”, is composed of Schatz, Casey DriessenMissy Raines, and Jim Hurst. Schatz has produced albums for various bluegrass artists including The Duhks.

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