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 dont forget, fiddler) and his band stretching out for jams, theyre still impeccably conciseand non-stop dazzling. But theres 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 hes ever beenand thats saying a mouthful. The shows part of the new Music City Roots series.
Wed., Oct. 21, 6 p.m., 2009