In October last were we were advised of the Bluegrass Hotel Project aimed at a New Grass Revival & Bluegrass Alliance. The proposed project features Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Dan Cary, Curtis Burch and other former members of the New Grass Revival & Bluegrass Alliance who were to participate in The Bluegrass Hotel Film & Recording Project. which was launched at the 2008 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) convention.
In 1973 to 1981, the Bluegrass Hotel was home of Mr Harry Bickel a dentist and banjo picker. Harry rented rooms out to bluegrass musicians during the Newgrass era, in Louisville. During this time the hotel was visited and lived in by, among others, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, J.D. Crowe, Curtis Burch, Courtney Johnson, Dan Crary, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Tony Williamson and Jack Lawrence.
This press release – dated 11th March 2009 – was posted on Sam Bush’s website:
Various news outlets including The Bluegrass Blog, Cybergrass and The Bluegrass Journal have all delivered the news of Sam Bush’s withdrawal from the project. Others are also now rumoured to be with drawing from the project. Cybergrass and The Bluegrass Blog report that Jack Lawrence, Tony Rice, John Cowan have announced that they have withdrawn from the project.
The Bluegrass Hotel Website has this notice posted atop its homepage: