Sam Bush featured on NPR's All Things Considered

Jul 19, 2011

Despite Sluggish Economy, Colo. Bluegrass Festivals Thrive. While a number of music festivals are struggling in a down economy, Colorado has three bluegrass festivals that are selling out. And one small mountain town there is becoming the Nashville of the Rockies.

Listen here to this segment on NPR's All Things Considered.




This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Michele Norris.


And I'm Robert Siegel.

Bluegrass music was born in the in the hills of Appalachia and it continues to thrive there. But for the past few decades, aspiring young musicians have also found a flourishing bluegrass scene in Colorado. And more recently one small mountain town is quietly becoming the Nashville of the Rockies.

Reporter Michelle Mercer explores the rise of bluegrass in the Mountain West.

MICHELLE MERCER: The most longstanding and cherished performance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival hardly needs an introduction.

Br. SAM BUSH (Mandolinist, New Grass Revival): Good evening, Festivarians. We are the House Band. And if you don't know us already, where have you been the last 20 years?

(Soundbite of music)

MERCER: That's original House Band member and mandolinist Sam Bush, along with Bela Fleck on banjo, Jerry Douglas on dobro, and Edgar Meyer on bass. They were joined this year by Bryan Sutton on guitar and Stuart Duncan on fiddle.

(Soundbite of music)

MERCER: All the original House Band members have been performing with their own groups at Telluride for several decades. Sam Bush has been playing at the festival for over 30 years.

Mr. BUSH: Our band, New Grass Revival, came to Telluride for the first time in 1975. We got here and it was like: Yeah, we finally found the people that we're supposed to play for.

[read more of the transcript here.]


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