Dan Tyminski honors Tony Rice with new all-star bluegrass EP

One More Time Before You Go: A Tribute To Tony Rice is due July 22nd

Growing up, 14x Grammy Award-winning guitarist and singer Dan Tyminski wasn’t really a six-string picker, favoring mandolin or banjo when he joined the jam — until he heard Tony Rice, that is. Hearing Rice kick-off “Ten Degrees and Getting Colder” with JD Crowe and the New South for the first time, Tyminski was overtaken by the sound, forever changing his trajectory as a musician. Like the rest of the tight-knit bluegrass world, Tyminski was devastated by the loss of his hero in late 2020. Upon hearing the news, Tyminski took to writing a song for Rice as a way to relieve some of his grief. The song ended up being called “One More Time Before You Go,” and grew into the title track of Tyminski’s new EP One More Time Before You Go: A Tribute To Tony Rice.

Tyminski shares a taste of the upcoming star-studded tribute ahead of its July 22nd release date with his recording of “Church Street Blues” featuring the reigning queen of bluegrass guitar, Molly Tuttle. Sticking closely to Rice’s classic arrangement, Tyminski and Tuttle cross-pick their way through the long-beloved tune, trading solos and sharing vocals on the song’s iconic chorus.

Fans may have already heard “One More Time Before You Go” this week on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction. For “One More Time Before You Go,” Tyminski called fellow guitarist and multiple IBMA Award-winner Josh Williams — who had also played with Rice — to shed whatever light he could on the masterful guitarist, and the two of them took to the studio to capture the song with Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, and Todd Phillips, all world-class musicians who also loved Rice.

When all was said and done, Tyminski ended up with five songs featuring a number of fellow Rice devotees and friends. New guard pickers like Tuttle, Billy Strings, and Dan Tyminski Band-member Gaven Largent share space with Douglas, Bush, Dailey & Vincent, and more for a stunning all-star tribute to the man who influenced a whole genre of music.

For all of the guitar nerds out there, Tyminski is playing his 1946 Martin D-28 Herringbone on the project. Purchased with a loan in the early 1990s after Tyminski joined Union Station, the guitar — a player-grade affair that Tyminski calls his “poster child” — took him three years to pay off. But if you ask Tyminski, it’s the most shining example of a dreadnaught guitar.

“It’s one of those guitars you don’t expect to find right out of the gate. Dark chocolate top…hit a couple notes…‘Oh my God, I have to have it.’”

On this very guitar-centric release, Tyminski’s “old trusty” sits nicely in the spotlight.

“It was my first one and will be my last one,” he says, which means a lot coming from a man with his own signature-model Martin.

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