Sam Bush Band Comes to Bucknell


Happy Homecoming, Bucknellians! For all of you bluegrass fans, tonight you're in for a treat. The Sam Bush Band will be performing at the Weis Center on Halloween, Friday, October 31st at 7:30pm.  "Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush doesn't seem old enough to be a musical legend. And he's not. But he is."(Official Sam Bush Website) Sam Bush, born in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1952, is an American bluegrass mandolin player considered an originator of the Newgrass style.

Newgrass or Progressive bluegrass is one of two major sub genres of bluegrass music. The four key distinguishing elements of progressive bluegrass are (1) instrumentation, frequently including electric guitars, drums, and piano; (2) songs imported or styles imitated from other musical genres like jazz and rock; (3) non-traditional chord progressions; and (4) "jam band"-style improvisation.

Sam Bush Band tours extensively, appearing at many small venues and large festivals such as the Strawberry Music Festival, Rockygrass, and every spring at the Americana Festival, Merlefest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Sam Bush is known as one of the liveliest performers at these festivals, and makes many guest appearances with the other artists.

Since 1985, he's released 8 albums including his most recent release in 2009 Circles Around Me which topped the US Bluegrass Chart at number 3. He's played with everyone from Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, and Charlie Haden, to Lyle Lovett and Garth Brooks. Bush is best known as an  award winning vocalist, but he's also received awards for his incredible mandolin and fiddling skills.


(Sources: The Sam Bush Official Website; Photo Citation: Wikipedia)