Jun 02, 2016

Genre-bending album features the sounds of jazz, folk, blues, reggae, 
country swing, and bluegrass 





“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)
4.            Greenbrier
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


Tour Dates:

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


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