On March 30, 2010 the proud sons and daughters of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, acting through their elected representatives, approved a resolution designating Sam Bush as "The Father of Newgrass Music" and Bush's hometown of Bowling Green, Ky. "The Birthplace of Newgrass Music."
As a proud Mizzou alumna, I was tremendously excited to attend the 2011 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia, Mo. for the first time last weekend. Now in its fifth year, this mid-Missouri celebration of food and music takes place in the streets of downtown Columbia and partially on the Mizzou Campus in beautiful Peace Park.
The mandolin has never been the same after Sam Bush, originator of "newgrass" and an icon to hundreds of acoustic-oriented musicians to follow his lead. "The King of Telluride" and his guitarist Stephen Mougin paid a visit to the KDHX studios for a live performance.