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Ice Caps: Peaks of Telluride
2000, Sugar Hill
Multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush has been at the forefront of acoustic music for over 25 years. He formed and fronted Newgrass Revival in both of its incarnations (pre- and post-Bela Fleck), was a member of Emmylou Harris acoustic band, The Nash Ramblers and tours on his own with The Sam Bush Band.
Bush has also made annual appearances at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, 9,000 feet above sea level in Colorado. "Ice Caps" is a collection of Sam Bush performances from Telluride over the last ten years or so. It captures why Sam Bush has trekked to Telluride every year, and why hes such a hit with an audience. The disc features bluegrass and blues-influenced covers of tunes by Bob Dylan ("Girl of the North Country"), The Subdudes ("Angel to Be"), John Hiatt ("Memphis in the Meantime") and Little Feat ("Sailin Shoes"). There are plenty of instrumental jams, and lots and lots of appearances from other musicans of Bushs stature (Jerry Douglas on dobro, Bela Fleck on banjo, Darrell Scott and Jon Randall on guitar).
If you cant make it to Telluride, or miss Sam Bush on the festival circuit in the summertime (hes an in-demand session player most of the year) this really is as close as youll get to being there.Michael Gaither