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    Sam Bush
    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 he’s 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 Bush’s stature (Jerry Douglas on dobro, Bela Fleck on banjo, Darrell Scott and Jon Randall on guitar).

If you can’t make it to Telluride, or miss Sam Bush on the festival circuit in the summertime (he’s an in-demand session player most of the year) this really is as close as you’ll get to being there.—Michael Gaither

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