Music | Performances | Winter
Sam Bush Band
Doors open at 7:15pm; show starts at 8:00pm
Abingdon Music Experience presents January Jams at Barter Theatre.
If joy were a person, he’d bring both peace and frenzy. He’d be full of music, light, and energy that soothes even as it stirs us up. Eyes closed, wire-rim glasses in place, mandolin pressed against his ribs, joy would be Sam Bush on a stage.
“I feel fortunate that when it’s time to play, no matter how I feel physically or mentally, once the downbeat starts, my mind goes to a place that’s all music,” says Bush. “The joy of the music comes to me and overtakes me sometimes––I just become part of the music.”
That rapt merging of life and art fills Bush’s new album Storyman, 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 Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Jon Randall Stewart, Jeff Black, and others.
The Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride has long since established himself as roots royalty, revered for both his solo and sideman work, which includes time with Harris, Lyle Lovett, and Béla Fleck. But instead of kicking back and soaking up honors such as an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award and suite of Grammys and International Bluegrass Music Association trophies, Bush still strives relentlessly to create something new.
Special Guests The Blue Eyed Bettys
With Ben Mackel on guitar, Sarah Hund on fiddle, and Daniel Emond on banjo, The Blue Eyed Bettys delight with their folky-bluegrass sound.
But what always seems to grab audiences immediately are their powerful vocals in three part harmony. All actors by trade, The Blue Eyed Bettys met while doing a new play together at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL. They are singers and storytellers first; therein lies their ability to turn boisterous bars into attentive
listening rooms and sleepy pubs into raucous parties as they weave stories with their exuberant performances.
"The Blue Eyed Bettys are easily the most exciting Americana act to
hit Sarasota in the past year.... Their sweet harmonies drive smart
originals and judiciously chosen covers." - Wade Tatangelo, Sarasota Herald-Tribun