Reports from the Bowling Green Daily this week note that Legislators in Kentucky have unanimously named Bowling Green as the birthplace of Newgrass Music. The legislation also formally recognizes Sam Bush as the official Father of Newgrass.
Newgrass is the untamed bluegrass offspring featuring rock ‘n roll grooves and extended virtuosic jams. Sam Bush played an integral role in changing the face of bluegrass music as a founding member of New Grass Revival in 1971. Bush was the only member of the band to be in all of its subsequent incarnations. The group disbanded in 1989 and since then Bush has forged new ground as a successful solo artist.
The official distinction could be helpful in promoting the International Newgrass Festival. Bowling Green will host the second annual festival Aug. 20-22. About 1,500 people attended the event last year, and Bush was one of the headliners – Andrew Thomason, Bowling Green Daily.
In July last year Americana Music Association awarded Sam Bush the Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist award at the 8th Annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony held at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
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