Sam Bush

Sam Bush is one of the really creative mandolin players with a big sound. He was a cofounder of the famous group New Grass Revival which existed between 1971 and 1989. This band brought Rock elements to Bluegrass and has influenced many young players until today.

Website Sam Bush

Wikipedia (engl.) about Sam Bush

CD-Tip Glamour & Grits

(Sugar Hill Records, 1996)

This CD Glamour & Grits belonges to my favorite CDs by Sam Bush. He plays great songs like the County ballad The Ballad of Spider John or the Irish mandolin solo Brilliancy.

Another of my favorite tunes is Watson Allman in which Sam Bush plays the mandolin with a bottleneck like a Hawaiian Steel Guitar - a crazy sound that you should have heard.


youtube Video - Watson Allman

The CD includes also a version of the famous Reggae song by Bob Marley  Is This Love.


youtube Video: Sam Bush and John Cowan - Is This Love

Playlist Sam Bush

The Playlist contains some great old recordings from the 1980s and several complete concerts from the recent years. Sam Bush plays with Mike Marshall, Peter Ostroushko, John Cowen, David Grisman, Mark O'Connor, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas and many others.


Sam Bush has published instructional videos and mandolin books of his pieces.

Examples from the instructional videos are also contained in the playlist above.


Blog posts:

The Putumayo Bluegrass CD and a Great Music City Roots Bluegrass Concert with Sam Bush

Modern Mandolin Quartet – Some Great Videos 1985 / 1986 – Mike Marshall, Dana Rath, Paul Blinkey and John Imholz

Merlefest 2012 – Mando Mania – A Great Concert with 5 Mandolins and a Banjo

Lonesome Fiddle Blues – One of my favorite tunes

Cattle in the Cane – Great Tune For Mandolin, Fiddle, Guitar

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