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Sam Bush - 2006 Grammy Award Profile

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Sam Bush

The phenomenal Sam Bush honed his skills as an instrumentalist from the ripe old age of 11, starting with the mandolin. In 1969, he formed his first band and released his first album, Poor Richard's Almanac, and made his debut on the Grand Old Opry. He founded the New Grass Revival in 1972, a group that went on to revolutionize the modern sound of hill country music. Bush has worked with nearly every great name in the bluegrass/hill country arena, from Béla Fleck to Jerry Douglas, and has played with Lyle Lovett. His first album, Late As Usual, appeared in 1985. He worked as a sideman for years before he released his second solo album, Glamour & Grits, in 1996.

In 1997 he rejoined with the New Grass Revival to back Garth Brooks on the Conan O'Brien show, and in 2004 he released his fifth solo album (on Sugar Hill Records). In 2005 he got together with Jerry Douglas and Béla Fleck to release Grammy-nominated song, "Who's Your Uncle" released on Douglas's disc, The Best-Kept Secret.

Previous Grammy Wins:

  • Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal - (Emmylou Harris & Nash Ramblers) - Emmylou Harris & the Nash Ramblers At the Ryman - 1992
  • Best Pop Instrumental Performance - Béla Fleck & The Flecktones - The Sinister Minister - 1996
  • Album Of The Year - Alison Krauss & Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski), Chris Sharp, Chris Thomas King, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Harley Allen, John Hartford, Mike Compton, Norman Blake, Pat Enright, Peasall Sisters (Hannah Peasall, Leah Peasall, Sarah Peasall), Ralph Stanley, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, The Cox Family (Evelyn Cox, Sidney Cox, Suzanne Cox, Willard Cox), The Fairfield Four (Nathan Best, Isaac Freeman, Robert Hamlett, James Hill, Joseph Rice, Wilson Waters, Jr.), The Whites (Buck White, Cheryl White, Sharon White) & Tim Blake Nelson - O Brother, Where Art Thou - 2001

Current Grammy Nominations:

  • Best Country Instrumental Performance (with Jerry Douglas and Béla Fleck) - "Who's Your Uncle"

(Bio courtesy of Kathy Coleman)

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