Sam Bush, originally from Bowling Green, began his musical career at 15 when he won the first of his three National Junior Fiddle Championships (he also plays mandolin). He made his recording debut in 1969, at age 17. At 19, he and some friends formed a group that would rock the bluegrass world. Over the next 18 years, that groupNew Grass Revivalwould be so successful and innovative that fans and critics began to refer to their new bluegrass sound as newgrass.
When the Revival disbanded in 1989, Bush went on to lead Emmylou Harris Grammy-winning Nash Ramblers before launching a highly successful solo career. He has toured with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and with Lyle Lovett and has recorded with Doc Watson, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, and Pam Tillis.