Alternately known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, Grammy-winning mandolin player Sam Bush has perhaps more than any living musician helped to expand the horizons of bluegrass music, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk and other styles. He's the co-founder of the genre-bending New Grass Revival and an in-demand player who has collaborated with everyone from Emmylou Harris and Béla Fleck to Charlie Haden, Lyle Lovett, and Garth Brooks. Bush has become an icon at a young age, and is in many ways at the center of the evolving bluegrass universe—a link between the roots of the genre and its emerging future. “I've been pretty lucky to play with almost every one of my heroes,” he has said. “I've gotten to play with Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, I've been to the mountain. Chris Thile, Wayne Benson, Shawn Lane, Matt Flinner, Ronnie McCoury, Mike Marshall—they play in ways that I can't play. I'm hoping to be around for is the next generation that comes along after that group. That's going to be something. The music keeps evolving.” Amen!
Sam Bush: Girl of the North Country