Sam Bush Coming to Newton

The Newton-Conover Auditorium continues its series of musical events with a one-night only performance by legendary mandolin player Sam Bush.
Grammy-Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush, alternately known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, has been honored by the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association.
As co-founder of New Grass Revival in the early ‘70s, Bush became a revelatory force in the progressive bluegrass movement — also dubbed “newgrass” — occasionally drawing the ire of traditionalists but ultimately inspiring generations of open-minded players.
His rhythm “chop” on the mandolin — rooted in the playing of Father of Bluegrass Bill Monroe and the Seldom Scene’s John Duffey — is a fixture both in the bluegrass world and on recordings by Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Garth Brooks and Dierks Bentley.
His recent solo album, Circles Around Me, was up for the top album prize at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards show, and Bush was also nominated for mandolin player of the year, song of the year (for “The Ballad of Stringbean and Estelle,” penned with Guy Clark and Verlon Thompson), instrumental group of the year (with his Sam Bush Band) and best instrumental recorded performance (“Blue Mountain”).
“I’m just now starting to get somewhere,” Bush said. “I love to play, and the older I get, the more I love it. And I love new things.”
Among those new things are the growing group of mandolin players that identify Bush as their musical role model in much the same way he idolized Bill Monroe and Jethro Burns.
“If I’ve been cited as an influence, then I’m really flattered because I still have my influences that I look up to,” Bush said. “I’m glad that I’m in there somewhere.”
Tickets for this event will go on sale in February. More information will be available on the N-CA website, in mid-January.
This performance will be held at the Newton-Conover Auditorium located at 60 West Sixth Street in Newton.
For more information or directions, contact the Newton-Conover Auditorium office at (828) 464-8100, e-mail or visit