Richard Bennett & Wyatt Rice

Loretta Sawyer Agency will be providing publicity, promotion and bookings for Richard Bennett in support of his new CD In The Wind Somewhere on Lonesome Day Records.richard bennett

Richard Bennett is a singer/songwriter and flatpicking guitarist who has made noted contributions to bluegrass and acoustic music.

Coming from an Eastern 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 Shatz 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 record. Richard then appeared on three albums with Jimmy Gaudreau and Mike Aldridge and toured as Aldridge/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.

Richard Bennett will be on the road promoting the new CD  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.

Wyatt Rice

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Wyatt Rice

Wyatt Rice was first spotlighted as an original member of The Tony Rice Unit where he played primarily rhythm guitar, with many opportunities for soloing, traveling extensively with the band. 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 Dave Grisman, JD Crowe, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, The Lonesome River Band, Ricky Skaggs, and with his brothers Larry, Tony and Ronnie. Wyatt continues to work with a varied palette that includes teaching, recording and producing well known artists in his own studio Rice Recording.