LIVE: The Sam Bush Band @ The Egg, 3/12/10

March 16th, 2010, 11:43 am by Greg

Sam Bush

Sam Bush

During the second of two hour-plus sets at The Egg in Albany on Friday night, Sam Bush and his band had two or three dozen young dancers bobbing and bopping in the back corners of the theater. A friend turned to me and said, “He’s the Jerry Garcia of bluegrass.”

The music of mandolinist-fiddler Bush is still rooted deep in mountain bluegrass – he opened with a pair of classic Bill Monroe tunes – but he ventures far beyond those musical boundaries, as he’s been doing consistently since his days leading the pioneering New Grass Revival.

On Friday night, he continued to break new ground – most notably with a wild, instrumental fiddle medley, wrapping up the first set with an echo-laden take on David Essex’s “Rock On” that slid into a traditional Irish fiddle tune and then crashed into a climactic, high-wattage blitz through Jean Luc Ponty’s “New Country.”

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8/4: Pluggin in, chillin out

August 4th, 2009, 1:13 pm by Greg

Every once in a while you’ve got to take a break and just chill out at home for an evening. And it would seem that tonight might be as good a day as any this week, especially considering the back-to-back music specials lined up on WMHT-TV:

8pm: “Levon Helm: Ramble at the Ryman” with such special guests as John Hiatt, Buddy Miller and Sam Bush

9pm: “Leonard Cohen: Live in London”

Caffe LenaCartoonist John CaldwellJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantHolly & EvanAdvertise on Nippertown!Ramblin Jug StompersMohawk Hudson Humane Society