This evening, Travis Book of the Grammy-award winning bluegrass quintet, the Infamous Stringdusters, once again takes the stage in part of his "quarantine project," The Travis Book Happy Hour. Tonight's episode, unlike those previously held, will in large part pay tribute to the late Tony Rice.
The episode will feature special guests, Jon Stickley and Lyndsay Pruett (Jon Stickley Trio) as well as Shawn Lane (Blue Highway) and will run through Tony Rice's deep repertoire of folk, Americana and bluegrass.
"Tony Rice is my desert-island artist and my biggest influence," shared Travis. "His song selection, his voice, and that distinctive guitar playing... Bluegrass music and acoustic guitar would not be what it is without Tony Rice. My guests this episode are also Tony Rice's children, with deep appreciation and understanding of his music. Shawn Lane of Blue Highway shared the stage with Tony Rice. Few play Rice-style guitar as well as Jon Stickley and Lyndsay Pruett's musical range on fiddle is unmatched. I've planned a chronological retrospective touching on every phase of Tony's varied career and I'll try to demonstrate why Tony Rice's music is still so relevant and will never be forgotten."
Past episodes of The Travis Book Happy Hour have included Nicki Bluhm, Anders Beck, members of the Steep Canyon Rangers and more. Tonight's episode can be viewed live on the Travis Book Happy Hour Facebook page, beginning at 7pm ET.