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Artist Profiles: Vassar Clements

Vassar Clements

Vassar Clements was one the United States’ most versatile fiddle players. His career began at a very early age. His phenomenal ability to virtually play any kind of music (bluegrass, country, pop, rock, jazz and swing) garnered him various awards including five Grammy nominations and a track record that involves multitudes of recording performances.

Vassar was a prolific composer of instrumentals and played seven instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin, guitar and tenor banjo.

Vassar’s career spanned over fifty years. His association with Bill Monroe began when he was only 14 years old and still in school. He started with Bill as a regular Bluegrass Boy in 1949 and was with him through 1956. From 1957 to 1961 he performed with bluegrass artists Jim & Jesse McReynolds. In 1962 he took leave from his music to pursue other interests but returned to full time music when he decided to make Nashville his home in January 1967.

Vassar did recording sessions and played tenor banjo in Nashville’s Dixieland Landing club until October 1969. He then started touring with Faron Young and doing occasional solo dates when time permitted. In February 1971 he joined John Hartford and his Dobrolic Plectral Society, initiating a professional association and personal friendship that has grew stronger through the years. After ten months and earning an enormous amount of recognition and popularity, the group decided to disband. Vassar then found himself with the legendary Earl Scruggs and the Earl Scruggs Revue.

During that time, one of the most important milestones in his career was his participation on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1972 Landmark album Will The Circle Be Unbroken. This historical event was produced by William McEuen and featured an extravaganza of bluegrass, country and folk’s greatest artists. It was the turning point that re-kindled Vassar’s career and at the same time introduced him to a much younger non-country audience.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Within a few short months Vassar was recording and/or performing with Dicky Betts, Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, David Grisman, Paul McCartney, etc. In May 1973, The classic Old & In The Way album was recorded in San Francisco during a live performance. The Sales from this project have exceeded other albums of like kind and has formed staunch cults that still exist after twenty three years.

Since 1973 when Vassar signed his first major label deal with Mercury/Polygram records his personal discography ranged from country, waltzes, swing to jazz. Ironically, in 1992 he recorded his only straight bluegrass recording for Rounder Records titled Grass Routes.

His early experience growing with jazz and swing music left an indelible mark on his style. Vassar said: “bands like Glen Miller, Les Brown, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James and Artie Shaw were very popular when I was a kid. I always loved rhythm so I guess in the back of my mind the swing and jazz subconsciously comes out when I play because when I was learning I was always trying to emulate the big band sounds I heard on my fiddle.” Understandably the form of jazz music created by Clements was a mix of the diverse influences that touched him throughout his career but particularly his affinity for the jazz and swing music of his youth.

Therefore it is no surprise that even though early in his career, as he learned and developed bluegrass and country styles, he also gained respect as a jazz player. Hence classic number two: Once In A While which resulted from a jam session with Miles Davis’s ex-band members Dave Holland, John Abercrombie and Jimmy Cobb. Classic number three: Together At Last. with Stephane Grappelli was produced by Tim Yaquinto and recorded in Vassar’s former studio.

Back Porch Swing was Vassar’s first album to feature the Little Big Band. Recorded between September 1997 and September 1998 at the Historic RCA Studio B in Nashville Back Porch Swing was performed almost entirely live with the exception of vocal and string overdubs.

Vassar Clements participated in Dead Grass (2000) a bluegrass twist on some Grateful Dead favorites.

Full Circle (OMS Records) released in 2001 had Vassar returning to his bluegrass roots with an all star cast that included Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Bryan Sutton, Peter Rowan, John Cowan, Josh Graves, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, J. D. Crowe, Billy Troy, Alan O’Bryant, Ricky Skaggs, Jim & Jesse and Jake Landers.

In May of 2004 Runaway Fiddle (OMS Records) came out. This project was a labor of love of two of the greatest American fiddle players of modern times Vassar Clements and Buddy Spicher. Buddy Spicher is one of Nashville’s most recorded session artists and arrangers. On Runaway Fiddle these two legends teamed up to record tunes they grew up loving playing and internalizing but for the most part never recording. Selections include 192’s show tunes Western Swing Dixieland. Several songs are interpretations of songs popularized by country music icon Bob Wills who created the new art form called Western Swing.

His CD Livin’ With The Blues (Acoustic Disc) was released in August of 2004. It was his first blues album. While Vassar Clements has often been considered the ?bluesiest? of the bluegrass fiddlers it wasn?t until producer Grisman asked him what kind of record he wanted to make that the soft spoken septuagenarian replied “I’ve always wanted to make a blues record.”

Livin? With The Blues includes Skip James? swampy “Cypress Grove ” with Vassar’s lonesome fiddle accompanied by Bob Brozman’s slide guitar. Elvin Bishop cleans house with his own “Dirty Drawers” and “That?s My Thing ” while Maria Muldaursings with Vassar on “Honey Babe Blues” and Bessie Smith?s “I Ain?t Gonna Play No Second Fiddle.” Other tracks include Roy Rogers desolate take on Robert Johnson?s “Phonograph Blues ” “Mambo Boogie” featuring Dave Mathews and the Booker T. Jones classic “Green Onions ” given a new twist by Charlie Musselwhite and Vassar. “Rube’s Blues” featured blues guitar whiz David Jacob-Strain (who was 19 at the time) helping Vassar reinvent a bluegrass standard and Norton Buffalo with his unique soul treatment of his own “Don’t Stand Behind A Mule.”

In November of 2004 Vassar Clements joined bluegrass quartet The Biscuit Burners onstage at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Vassar played on two of the band’s original songs “Come On Darlin'” and “Red Mountain Wine”. The surprise appearance was part of the historic Ryman Auditorium’s $1 on the 1th Mystery Artist Series celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the legendary theater’s renovation.

On March 11, 2005 Vassar was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died at his home August 16th, 2005 at 8:25 am. He was 77.

[Biography adapted from Vassar Clement’s official biography].

Discography:

Vassar (Mercury Records)
Superbow (Mercury Records)
Southern Waltzes (Rhythm Records)
Vassar Clements John Hartford & Dave Holland (Rounder Records)
Crossing The Catskills (Rounder Records 1972)
Vassar Clements (MCA Records)
The Bluegrass Session (Flying Records 1977)
Grass Routes (Rounder Records)
Saturday Night Shuffle – A Celebration of Merle Travis (Shanachie Records)
Hillbilly Jazz (Flying Records 1978)
Hillbilly Jazz Rides Again (Flying Records)
New Hillbilly Jazz (Shikata Records)
Together At Last with Stephane Grappelli (Flying Records 1987)
Nashville Jam (Flying Records)
Westport Drive (Mind Dust Records)
The Man The Legend (Vassillie Productions)
Country Classics (Vassillie Productions)
Vassar Clements Reunion With Dixie Gentlemen (Old Homestead)
Once In A While, Jam with Miles Davis’ ex-band members (Flying Fish Records 1992)
Live in Telluride 1979 (Vassillie Productions 1979)
Music City USA (Vassillie Productions)
Old And In The Way – Volume 1 (BMG Music)
Old and In The Way – That High Lonesome Sound – Volume 2 (Acoustic Disc)
Old and In The Way – Breakdown – Volume 3 (Acoustic Disc)
An Americana Christmas with Norman Blake (Winter Harvest)
The Bottom Line Encore Collection (Bottom line 1999)
Vassar’s Jazz – Golden Anniversary (Winter Harvest)
Back Porch Swing (Chrome Records 2000)
Dead Grass (Cedar Glen Music Group)
20 Fiddle Tunes & Waltz Favorites
Full Circle (OMS Records 2001)
Will The Circle Be Unbroken – Volume II – 3th Anniversary Edition (Capitol Records)
Will The Circle Be Unbroken (United Artists)
Will The Circle Be Unbroken – Volume III (Capitol Records)
Old & In The Gray (Acoustic Disc)
Runaway Fiddle with Buddy Spicher (OMS Records)
Livin’ With The Blues (Acoustic Disc 2004)
The Fiddle According to Vassar (Homespun Tapes). Taught By Vassar Clements. 9-minute DVD or VHS Includes music book
Vassar Clements In Concert – Vassar Swings (Shikata Records)
Vassar Clements In Concert – Ramblin’ 81 (Shanachie Records)

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Artist Profiles: Tony Trischka

Tony Trischka

Tony Trischka is one of the most influential banjo players in the American roots music world. In his 40 plus years as a consummate banjo artist his stylings have inspired generations of bluegrass and acoustic musicians.

A true luminary in the banjo world, his technical and conceptual advances opened the way for such players as Bela Fleck and Alison Brown. His recordings with them and others such as Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Pete Seeger, members of REM, William S. Burroughs, Natalie Merchant, Alison Krauss and Steve Martin are part of every banjo-lovers musical reference.

Tony has raised the awareness of both the banjo and his music with numerous articles in the national press, interviews on radio, and television appearances. His solo album for Smithsonian Folkways Records, Territory was named Best Americana Album at the Independent Music Awards. He also produced Steve Martin’s Rare Bird Alert (Rounder) which features performances by Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks.

Tony is also the musical director of the documentary The Banjo Project, aired on PBS. In addition Tony is one of the instrument’s top teachers and has created numerous instructional books DVDs and CDs.

The ground-breaking Tony Trischka School of Banjo launched in July of 2009.

Discography:

Bluegrass Light (Rounder Select 1973)
Heartlands (Rounder 1975)
Banjoland (Rounder Select 1976)
Fiddle Tunes for Banjo (Rounder 1981)
Robot Plane Flies Ove Arkansas (Rounder Select 1983)
Hill Country (Rounder Select 1985)
Skyline Drive (FlyingFish 1986)
Dust on the Needle (Rounder 1987)
Fire of Grace (Flying Fish 1989)
World Turning (Rounder Select 1993)
Alone & Together Alcazar 1994)
Glory Shone Around: A Christmas Collection (Rounder 1995)
Live at Birchmere Strictly Music 1995)
Bend (Rounder 1999)
New Deal (Rounder 2003)
Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular (Rounder 2007)
Territory (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2008)
The Mountain Music Project: A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya (Mountain Music Project 2012)
Great Big World (Rounder 2014)

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Artist Profiles: Tim O’Brien

Tim O’Brien

Born in 1954, O’Brien grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia listening to the Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller records played by his parents and a Polish housekeeper’s Lawrence Welk recordings. A weekly country music radio show The Saturday Night Jamboree, broadcast from a local theater, sparked a life-long fire in the young O’Brien. During these impressionable days he saw performances by country and rockabilly legends such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Roger Miller.

He got his first guitar at the age of 12 and he played with numerous rock bands in high school. He was steered towards country and bluegrass music by Roger Bland, a banjo-playing patient of a girlfriend’s psychiatrist father. A former member of Lester Flatt’s band Bland taught O’Brien to play in the three-finger style of Earl Scruggs.

After a year at Colby College in Maine he left school to head west. Tim moved to Boulder, Colorado where he met future Hot Rize band mates, a band which stayed together for 12 years and continues to get together from time to time. Although their initial sound was very traditional, Hot Rize continued to evolve in a more progressive direction. A tremendously popular part of Hot Rize’s performances came when the four musicians left the stage changed wardrobe and re-emerged as the western honky tonk group Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers. The joke grew and the group actually recorded several albums under this guise.

O’Brien has also collaborated on several albums with his sister Mollie. They spent most of their later teens apart but sang in church and school choirs together.

O’Brien met Kathy Mattea, who joined him on two tracks from The Crossing, while performing at the Summerlights Festival in Nashville. After Mattea had hits with covers of his songs “Untold Stories” and “Walk The Way The Wind Blows,” O’Brien decided to leave Hot Rize to spend more time crafting songs. His songs have since been recorded by The Johnson Mountain Boys, Garth Brooks, Laurie Lewis, The Seldom Scene and The New Grass Revival.

The Crossing released in 1999 was a landmark album that featured Tim O’Brien and other American musicians collaborating with Irish musicians. It was the inevitable next step for Tim O’Brien, a multi-instrumentalist songcrafter and true spearhead of the contemporary bluegrass movement. Like many Irish-Americans, Tim took an interest in his Irish roots tracing lineage back to his great-grandfather Thomas O’Brien from County Cavan who arrived to the United States in 1851.

Tim O’Brien has his own band known as the O’Boys. He also collaborates with songwriter Darrell Scott, old time musicians John Hermann and Dirk Powell, and with the members of New Grange.

In the year 2010 Tim O’Brien was appointed president of the International Bluegrass Music Asssociation (IBMA). That same year a new album in collaboration with Irish musicians came out. Although titled Two Journeys it is also known as The Crossing 2.

Discography:

Hot Rize, with Hot Rize (Flying Fish, 1979)

Radio Boogie, with Hot Rize (Flying Fish, 1981)

Hard Year Blues (Flying Fish, 1984)

Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers, with Hot Rize (1984)

Traditional Ties, with Hot Rize (Sugar Hill 3748 1986)

Untold Stories, with Hot Rize (Sugar Hill, 1987)

Take Me Back (Sugar Hill, 1988)

Take It Home, with Hot Rize (Sugar Hill, 1990)

Odd Man In (Sugar Hill, 1991)

Remember Me (Sugar Hill, 1992)

Oh Boy! O’Boy! (Sugar Hill, 1993)

Away Out On The Mountain (Sugar Hill, 1994)

Rock In My Shoe (Sugar Hill. 1995)

Red On Blonde (Sugar Hill, 1996)

When No One’s Around (Sugar Hill, 1997)

The Crossing (Alula Records, 1999)

Real Time with Darrell Scott (Howdy Skies, 2000)

Two Journeys (Howdy Skies, 2001)

So Long of a Journey: Live at the Boulder Theater (Sugar Hill, 2002)

Songs From The Mountain (Howdy Skies, 2002)

Traveler (Sugar Hill, 2003)

Cornbread Nation (Sugar Hill, 2005)

Fiddler’s Green (Sugar Hill, 2005)

Chameleon (Howdy Skies, 2008)

Chicken & Egg (Howdy Skies, 2010)

We’re Usually A Lot Better Than This (Full Skies, 2012)

Memories & Moments (Full Skies, 2013)

Pompadour (Howdy Skies, 2015)

Where The River Meets the Road (Howdy Skies, 2017)

DVDs

The Mandolin and Bouzouki of Tim O’Brien

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Artist Profiles: Steep Canyon Rangers

The Steep Canyon Rangers – Photo by Angel Romero

The North Carolina-based Steep Canyon Rangers are Mike Guggino (mandolin), Charles Humphrey III (bass), Woody Platt (guitar), Nicky Sanders (fiddle) and Graham Sharp (banjo). The group first formed during their college days at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The band is committed to roots music performing with fierce instrumental prowess, but also providing deeply moving songwriting and harmonies. The band infuses traditional bluegrass with contemporary themes and arrangements.

In 2010 the Steep Canyon Rangers released “Deep in the Shade.” The following year, The Steep Canyon Rangers released its first collaborative record with comedian and banjo player Steve Martin.
Nobody Knows You released April 1, 2012 is the seventh album from group and their Rounder Records debut. It was named Best Bluegrass Album at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards held February 10th 2013 in Los Angeles.

Further collaborations with steve Martin continued in 2014 and 2017.

 

 

Discography:

Old Dreams and New Dreams (Steep Canyon Music 2001)
Mr. Taylor’s New Home (Bonfire Records 2002)
The Steep Canyon Rangers (Rebel Records 2004)
One Dime at a Time (Rebel Records 2005)
Lovin’ Pretty Women (Rebel Records 2007)
Deep in the Shade (Rebel Records 2009)
Rare Bird Alert with Steve Martin (Rounder Records 2011)
Nobody Knows You (Rounder Records 2012)
Tell The Ones I Love (Rounder Records, 2013)
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell Live (Rounder Records, 2014)
Radio (Rounder Records, 2015)
The Long-Awaited Album, with Steve Martin (Rounder Records, 2017)

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Artist Profiles: The Dillards

The Dillards

The Dillards’ Rodney Dillard (guitar) and Douglas Dillard (banjo) grew up playing music with their family and friends including a teenaged John Hartford in Missouri. They performed on a St. Louis radio station as The Dillard Brothers in 1958, recording for a local label.

The Dillards played their first show at Washington University in St. Louis and hit the road for Los Angeles in 1962. A DesiLu Studios rep saw an ad in Variety magazine about Elektra signing The Dillards and within days they were called in to audition for the role of The Darlins on The Andy Griffith Show. Their original songs have become bluegrass standards like The Old Home Place, Dooley Doug’s Tune, Banjo in the Holler and There is a Time.

The Dillards incorporated stand-up comedy into their stage show and their talents as entertainers brought bluegrass to new audiences in urban clubs from Los Angeles to New York City on college campuses, in movie scores at folk festivals and on tour with mainstream rock bands and comedians.

The band’s unique flair for songwriting and arrangement affected a broad range of important future musicians in the bluegrass and pop music world alike. They are credited with helping set the stage for the country rock movement and the burgeoning progressive sounds of bluegrass. The Dillards were inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2009.

Rodney Dillard now tours with The Dillard Band and the group released I Wish Life Was Like Mayberry on Rural Rhythm.

Rodney Dillard was inducted into the Missouri Music Association’s Hall of Fame in 2011.

Douglas Dillard died on May 16, 2012.

Discography:

Back Porch Bluegrass (Elektra 1963)
Live!!!! Almost!!! (Elektra 1964)
Pickin’ and Fiddlin’ with Byron Berline (Elektra 1965)
Wheatstraw Suite (Elektra 1968)
Copperfields (Elektra 1970)
Roots and Branches (Anthem 1972)
Tribute to the American Duck (Poppy 1973)
The Dillards vs. The Incredible L.A. Time Machine (Flying Fish 1977)
Mountain Rock (Crystal Clear 1978)
Decade Waltz (Flying Fish 1979)
Homecoming and Family Reunion (Flying Fish 198)
Let It Fly (Vanguard 1991)
Take Me Along For The Ride (Vanguard 1992)
A Long Time Ago: The First Time Live (Varese Sarabande 1999)
Early Recordings – 1959 (Varese Sarabande 1999)
I Wish Life Was Like Mayberry (Rural Rhythm 2001)
Don’t Wait for the Hearse to Take You to Church (Rural Rhythm 2011)

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Artist Profiles: Dan Tyminski

Dan Tyminski

Dan Tyminski was born on June 20, 1967 in Rutland, Vermont. He is one of the most recognizable and popular male vocalists in bluegrass. Since 1994, his instrumental skill on guitar and mandolin, and expressive tenor singing have been key components of the Alison Krauss band.

In 2000, Tyminski became popular as the singing voice of George Clooney in the Coen Brothers’ movie O Brother Where Art Thou? His powerful rendition of the Stanley Brothers’ version of ‘Man of Constant Sorrow’ became a surprise hit single.

Tyminski grew up in the Green Mountains of Rutland, Vermont in a family that loved bluegrass and old-time music. Dan’s brother gave him his first mandolin at the age of eight. His big opportunity came when at 21 he was asked to join the soon-to-be groundbreaking group The Lonesome River Band where he rose to prominence.

In 1994, as the band was at one of its most successful stages, Tyminski left to join up with young fiddle virtuoso Alison Krauss. This was the beginning of another highly successful stage.

Discography:

Green Mountain Bluegrass (Trackdown Records, 1985)
Carry Me Across the Mountain (Doobie Shea, 2000)
Wheels (Rounder Records, 2008)
Southern Gothic (Mercury Nashville, 2017)

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Going Deeper into the Banjo

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn – Echo in the Valley (Rounder, 2017)

Echo in the Valley is the second album by husband and wife duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn. Both musicians are banjo innovators and Echo in the Valley is a real treat for banjo music fans.

Most of the material on Echo in the Valley is new, innovative material composed by the duo along with a handful of arrangements of traditional songs and material from other composers.

This is definitely not traditional bluegrass, but instead exquisitely-designed new acoustic music, rooted in American traditions, from bluegrass to folk and jazz.

Throughout Echo in the Valley, Fleck and Washburn use a wide-range of banjos (seven in total) that are plucked and bowed, along with Abigail’s mesmerizing and expressive vocals, and percussive dance on one song.

The physical CD version is beautifully packaged with a cut out shape of the two musicians and includes lyrics and credits.

 

 

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Artist profiles: Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull

Sierra Dawn Hull was born September 27, 1991 in Byrdstown, Tennessee. She began playing mandolin at age eight and quickly became noted on the national festival scene for her fluid inventive picking, winning several mandolin and guitar championships in the process.

She self-released an instrumental CD, Angel Mountain in 2002. She recorded Secrets (Rounder) at 15 and released it in 2008 at 16. Among the musicians and vocalists joining her on Secrets are Ron Block, Barry Bales, Dennis Crouch, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Clay Hess, Rob Ickes, Chris Jones, Jason Moore, Tony Rice, Dan Tyminski, Jim VanCleve, and the banjo phenom Cory Walker who was seventeen years old at the time and had already played alongside Sierra for several years.

“What I’ve seen in Sierra over the months of working on Secrets is a passion for music in general, and specifically for bluegrass,” said Secrets co-producer Ron Block. “She has an intense desire for excellence a love of good songs and an attention to detail that is not often found in someone so young; she’s only going to get better and better as time goes on. It’ll be intriguing to watch how her vision and creativity affect the future of bluegrass in the coming years.

Sierra was a featured performer on the Great High Mountain Tour which included an all-star bluegrass lineup performing songs from the soundtracks of the hit movies O Brother Where Art Thou and Cold Mountain. A seasoned performer, she has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry radio and television shows and shared the stage with various bluegrass legends such as Alison Krauss, IIIrd Tyme Out, Sam Bush, Mountain Heart, and Ricky Skaggs.

An active member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Sierra has been performing in that organization’s annual convention showcases of young bluegrass talent since she was ten. As co-host (with Ryan Holladay) of IBMA’s educational DVD release Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music, Sierra played an integral part in their effort to introduce young audiences to this uniquely American genre.

Her third album Daybreak was produced by Union Station’s Barry Bales and features some of the best singers and pickers in the bluegrass scene.

Discography:

Angel Mountain (independent release, 2002)
Secrets (Rounder Records, 2008)
Daybreak (Rounder Records, 2011)
Weighted Mind (Rounder Records, 2016)

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Artist profiles: Sam Bush

Sam Bush

Mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush is best known as the founder and driving force behind the legendary New Grass Revival, a band of inventive and aggressive high caliber musicians that for 18 years challenged the preconceived notions of traditional bluegrass instruments by fusing a wide range of styles that included gospel, rock, pop, reggae, jazz, country and bluegrass.

Today, Bush is the only artist who has performed at most of the Telluride Bluegrass Festivals earning him the title ‘Mayor of Telluride ‘ and ‘King Sammy ‘ among his fans.

Sam Bush was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in February 2006. One of his stage shorts and mandolins are displayed in the museum.

His 2006 album Laps in Seven (Sugar Hill Records) captures the energy of Bush’s live performances. The album includes guests Emmylou Harris, Jean Luc Ponty, Tim O’Brien and Shaun Murphy (Little Feat).

Discography:

Together Again For The First Time, with Alan Munde (Ridge Runner, 1977)
Late as Usual (Rounder, 1985)
Glamour & Grits (Sugar Hill, 1996)
Howlin’ at the Moon (Sugar Hill, 1998)
Ice Caps: Peaks of Telluride (Sugar Hill, 2000)
Hold On, We’re Strummin’, with David Grisman (Acoustic Disc, 2003)
King of My World (Sugar Hill, 2004)
Laps in Seven (Sugar Hill, 2006)
Circles Around Me (Sugar Hill, 2009)
Storyman (Sugar Hill, 2016)

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Recording Academy Announces 60th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees for Best Bluegrass Album

Michael Cleveland – Fiddler’s Dream

The Recording Academy announced last night the recordings nominated for Best Bluegrass Album.

Best Bluegrass Album Nominees

Fiddler’s Dream by Michael Cleveland
Laws Of Gravity by The Infamous Stringdusters
Original by Bobby Osborne
Universal Favorite by Noam Pikelny
All The Rage – In Concert Volume One (live) by Rhonda Vincent and The Rage

The GRAMMY Awards will be presented on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, live from Madison Square Garden in New York City and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 7:30 – 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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