Regarded as the father of newgrass music, Sam Bush is almost unrecognizable
as he saunters into the press tent at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. At age 60, he was wearing
faded jeans which looked almost as old as he is, but his face had a grin that was both youthful and jubilant.
native acquired his first mandolin at the age of 11 and also became a child prodigy on the fiddle. With childhood friends
Wayne Stewart and Alan Munde, he formed a band and recorded his first album, Poor Richard’s Almanac, in 1969.
came to national prominence after forming the New Grass Revival in
1972. Combining bluegrass with elements of rock and jazz, the band pushed musical boundaries during the next 17 years.
a sideman on mandolin, fiddle and guitar, Bush has recorded and performed with a wide range of