Sam Bush to bring bluegrass revival to the Wheeler Opera House stage
Sam Bush, a master of the mandolin, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen.Bush is a Rocky Mountain regular, a staple to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and kicked off the Wheeler’s first Beyond Bluegrass Festival in 2001.A leader of bluegrass and country tunes, he began playing the fiddle and mandolin at age 11 and won the national fiddle contest in Weister, Idaho, for three consecutive years.By 1969, the Bowling Green, Ky., native formed a band with childhood friends Wayne Stewart and Alan Munde and released their first album, “Poor Richards’ Almanac.” Bush also made his first Grand Ole Opry appearance that year.The band, New Grass Revival, played everything from gospel to reggae to modern jazz. Outstanding artists such as Bela Fleck, Pat Flynn and John Cowan have all been members.In 1984, Bush released his first solo album, “Late as Usual.” Emmylou Harris’ Nashville Ramblers then picked him up, and they traveled and recorded together for five years. By 1995, he was the sideman for Lyle Lovett and bass master Edger Meyer, and jammed his fiddle and mandolin with Alabama and Garth Brooks. He has won three Grammy awards for his role in projects by Harris, Fleck and the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack.When he ended with Harris, he began the Sam Bush Band featuring ex-New Grass John Cowan, Jon Randall from the Nashville Ramblers and Larry Atamanuick. After a five-year hiatus, the band has returned to the studio and is touring to showcase its most recent release, “King of My World.”Seating is reserved. Tickets are $30 and available by logging onto http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com or by calling 920-5770.Seating is reserved. Tickets are $30 and available by logging onto http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com or by calling 920-5770.
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