“A true innovator.” – Billboard
June 2, 2016 - Nashville, TN - GRAMMY award-winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush, returns with his seventh Sugar Hill release, Storyman, on June 24th. Sign up here to get pre-order info when available.
Sam Bush’s new album Storyman is a freewheeling collection that gleefully picks and chooses from jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing, and bluegrass to create a jubilant noise only classifiable as the “Sam Bush sound." Many of the songs are stories––several of them true––and the legendary mandolin player co-wrote every one of them with friends, including the late Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Jon Randall Stewart, Jeff Black, bandmate Stephen Mougin, and others. Storyman continues Bush’s tradition of creating something completely new and fresh for each recording, this time focusing on stories from some of the most popular songsmiths of our time.
For Bush, a lifetime of channeling his energy into his art has led to stylistic innovations that have changed the course of bluegrass and roots music alike. Bush has taken home three GRAMMY awards, received a Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist Award from the Americana Music Association, hosted the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards and has been honored as Mandolin Player of the Year four times. In March 2010, Legislation passed in Kentucky, Bush’s home state, that officially named Bowling Green the "Birthplace of Newgrass" and Sam Bush the "Father of Newgrass."
Bush took about four years to record the latest installment in his legacy. “It’s still important to me that all of the songs fit together on an album,” he says. “I’m well aware that people buy individual tracks digitally, and that’s good. But I still think of it as an album––a body of work. And I’m really satisfied with these songs. It’s taken a while, but I sure am happy with them.”
Produced by Bush and recorded partially at Neptone Recording Studios in Destin, Florida, and Bush’s longtime go-to, Nashville’s Sound Emporium, Storyman is the best of friends swapping tales, and jamming for the sake of jamming.
“If there is a love in it, it’s the love of playing music together,” Bush reflects. “When we play live on stage, if people can feel the joy we’re feeling, then we have succeeded. That’s the goal to me of playing music: Did the audience feel something?”
Bush is currently on the road, and will continue touring throughout the summer in support of Storyman. Stops include Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, and Berkeley, CA. Bush will also appear at several festivals this summer including DelFest, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, ROMP, Rockygrass and Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, CO where Bush is known simply as “the King.” Additional dates will be announced soon.
Storyman is available June 24th on Sugar Hill Records. Sign up here to get pre-order info when available.
1. Transcendental Meditation Blues
2. Play By Your Own Rules
3. Everything Is Possible (w/ Deborah Holland)
5. Lefty’s Song (w/ Alison Krauss)
6. Carcinoma Blues
7. Bowling Green
8. Handmics Killed Country Music (w/ Emmylou Harris)
9. Where's My Love
10. It’s Not What You Think
11. I Just Wanna Feel Something
6/4/2016 John Hartford Memorial Festival Bean Blossom, IN
6/9/2016 City Winery Chicago, IL
6/10/2016 Blue Ox Music Festival Eau Claire, WI
6/12/2016 Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester, TN
6/16-19/2016 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride, CO
6/25/2016 ROMP Owensboro, KY
7/8/2016 Crest Theatre Sacramento, CA
7/9/2016 Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse Berkeley, CA
7/10/2016 Green Music Center Rohnert, CA
7/14/2016 Old Rock House St. Louis, MO
7/15/2016 Olathe Summer Concert Series Olathe, KS
7/16/2016 Camp Euforia Lone Tree, IA
7/29/2016 Rockygrass Lyons, CO
7/30/2016 Rockygrass Lyons, CO
8/5/2016 Charleston Music Hall Charleston, SC
8/6/2016 City Winery Atlanta Atlanta, GA
8/13/2016 Targhee Bluegrass Festival Alta, WY
9/9/2016 Carolina Theatre Durham, NC
9/16/2016 Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ
9/17/2016 Pickin' in the Pines Flagstaff, AZ
9/23/2016 Watermelon Park Fest Berryville, VA
10/1/2016 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival Columbia, MO
10/4/2016 Fryeburg Fair Fryeburg, MD
10/9/2016 The Festy Experience Nelson County, VA
11/5/2016 Parrish Auditorium Hamilton, OH