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Sam Bush performs "Girl Of The North Country"
About the artist
Sam Bush was born April 15, 1952, in Bowling Green, Ky. As the founder of the
New Grass Revival, this prodigiously talented fiddle and mandolin player helped
modernize bluegrass by incorporating disparate styles into a previously rigid
He began playing the fiddle in his early childhood, winning several awards before
he had reached his teens. By this time, he was also proficient on the mandolin
and in his late teens formed a band with Wayne Stewart and future Country
Gazette banjoist Alan Munde. After a short stint with the Bluegrass Alliance, he
and bandmates Courtney Johnson, Ebo Walker and Curtis Burch formed the
New Grass Revival in 1971. The introduction of new bass player and vocalist
John Cowan completed the classic lineup, which went on to record several
albums for Flying Fish Records and pioneered a stunning fusion of bluegrass,
jazz, rock 'n' roll and soul.
Bush took time out from the New Grass Revival in the late '80s to form the
bluegrass fusion supergroup Strength In Numbers with Jerry Douglas, Bela
Fleck, Mark O'Connor and Edgar Meyer. Following the release of The Telluride
Sessions in 1989, the group members went their separate ways, although they
continued to work on each other's solo material. Electing not to continue with
New Grass Revival, Bush began the following decade with a new job as musical
director of Emmylou Harris' acoustic band, the Nash Ramblers. He enjoyed five
productive years with Harris before forming his own band with former colleagues
Cowan, Jon Randall and Larry Atamanuik.
Bush released his first solo album, Late As Usual, on Rounder Records in 1985.
He moved to Sugar Hill Records for his second solo project, Glamour & Grits, in
1996, joined by supporting musicians Al Kooper, Fleck and Douglas. During the
late '90s, Bush reunited with New Grass Revival on several occasions in addition
to pursuing his solo career with releases such as Howlin' at the Moon (1998) and
Ice Caps: Peaks Of Telluride (2000). The latter brought together some of his
best live performances from the popular Telluride music festival. His solo work
for Sugar Hill with King of My World in 2004 and Laps in Seven in 2006.
Continuing to pursue specialty projects, Bush and Meyer teamed with guitarist
Mike Marshall and classical violinist Joshua Bell for Short Trip Home, released in
1999 by Sony Classical. The same year, he joined one of his primarily mandolin
influences, David Grisman, for Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza, an Acoustic
Disc project featuring Ronnie McCoury, Jesse McReynolds, Ricky Skaggs and
others. He also worked with Grisman for the 2003 duet CD, Hold On, We're