Sam Bush at Loveless Cafe 

Bush is Back

Bush is Back
Bush is celebrating the release of Circles Around Me (Sugar Hill), an album that makes a compelling case for his recent Lifetime Achievement award from the Americana Music Association. While there are the usual tunes that find the master mandolinist (and don’t forget, fiddler) and his band stretching out for jams, they’re still impeccably concise—and non-stop dazzling. But there’s more of a backward look here, too, found in a larger dose of straight-ahead bluegrass that includes a couple of duets with Del McCoury on Bill Monroe favorites, a pair of hard-edged 50-year-old gems from Washington, D.C.’s bluegrass scene, and a nod to his personal past via the New Grass Revival repertoire. Abetted by a band of veterans (the most recent of whom, guitarist/harmony singer/vocal coach Stephen Mougin, is heading into his fourth year), Bush is thoroughly in the zone here, stronger than he’s ever been—and that’s saying a mouthful. The show’s part of the new Music City Roots series.
Wed., Oct. 21, 6 p.m., 2009


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