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Sam Bush receives Americana honor

Monday, July 20, 2009 – Mandolin player Sam Bush will receive the Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist award from the Americana Music Association at the 8th Annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony on Sept. 17 in Nashville.

Jed Hilly, executive director of the Americana Music Association, praised Bush's standing as one of the greatest mandolin players ever. "Sam has created his own genre and has become such an integral part of the Americana community," Hilly said. "It's such a privilege to honor him this year."

As cofounder and leader of the seminal progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival for 18 years, Bush was among the first purveyors of newgrass - the bluegrass stepchild with grooves and extended jams. He currently does a lot of sidemen work and is leader of the Sam Bush Band. His next album, "Circles Around Me," will be released, Oct. 20 on Sugar Hill Records. He has been a sideman with Emmylou Harris and been a special guest artist with Lyle Lovett and Bela Fleck & The Flecktones.

The Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist is one of several career honors that will be handed out along with six-member voted best of the year-end categories. . From Sept. 16th-19th, the 10th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference will offer seminars, panels and networking opportunities at the Nashville Convention Center by day and musical showcases each evening. Conference registrations currently at the early bird discount rate of $350 for members and $450 for non-members are available at the Americana Music Online Store:

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Storyman CD review - Storyman
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Circles Around Me CD review - Circles Around Me
As a founding member of New Grass Revival, ace mandolin player Sam Bush played a key role in helping to develop a progressive bluegrass voice that broke away from the strict guidelines and conventions of traditional bluegrass music. Although he is primarily known for his spirit of innovation, Bush's latest release, his eighth as a solo artist, is notable because it embraces the traditional roots that first steered him toward bluegrass music. Along with fresh takes on traditional favorites »»»
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A popular studio musician, founder of the progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival, leader of Emmylou Harris' Nash Ramblers, and perhaps the greatest mandolinist ever, Sam Bush hasn't released many solo albums, but that fact makes this one all the more special. From start to finish, the seven instrumentals and seven vocal tracks bubble with joy and energy. Despite the generally upbeat and cheery feel of many tracks, stylistically they vary from the straightforward bluegrass of the title track »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: For Brooks and fans, a most unusual change of pace – To say that this was a change of pace for Garth Brooks - not to mention his fans - would be an understatement of the highest degree. Brooks all but begged during the show to be playing next door at Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots play. But, alas, Brooks exuded joy and excitement at the chance to play before about 500 people at a club,... »»»
Concert Review: LBT proves more than capable – If you have seen Little Big Town in the last decade, it could have been anywhere from a B stage at a Rib Fest to a 20,000-seat amphitheater as the opener for some of country's top acts. Their current "Nightfall" tour rightfully proves they are more than capable and well deserved being billed as a top headlining act.... »»»
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