Circles Around Me

Circles Around Me

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by Sam Bush
     
 
The title of this album seems like a joke -- it's bluegrass mandolin player Sam Bush who can play circles around other musicians, not the other way around -- until one listens to the leadoff title song, a thoughtful reflection on aging and the passage of time. But Bush does not stay with the ponderous tone of "Circles Around Me" for long. Rather, as of the second

Overview

The title of this album seems like a joke -- it's bluegrass mandolin player Sam Bush who can play circles around other musicians, not the other way around -- until one listens to the leadoff title song, a thoughtful reflection on aging and the passage of time. But Bush does not stay with the ponderous tone of "Circles Around Me" for long. Rather, as of the second track, "Diamond Joe," he is off on a bluegrass
ewgrass set that includes several tasty instrumentals ("The Old North Woods," "Blue Mountain," "Junior Heywood") along with some entertaining story-songs ("The Ballad of Stringbean and Estelle," "Souvenir Bottles," "Apple Blossom"). "Gold Heart Locket" is a sad, lovely ballad. Toward the end of the disc, Bush turns more to showcases for his instrument, notably engaging in a mandolin/fiddle duet on "Apple Blossom" and, after telling the musician's story making up the lyrics of "Souvenir Bottles," taking off on an extended solo that stretches the track out beyond eight minutes. The final track, "Whisper My Name," clocks in at over seven minutes, but that's because there is a hidden bonus track, a lively reading of "Hot Tamales." Circles Around Me makes a good demonstration of Sam Bush's continuing mastery of the mandolin and his own niche in the bluegrass scene.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/2009
Label:
Sugarhill
UPC:
0015891405520
catalogNumber:
14055
Rank:
76864

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sam Bush   Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Del McCoury   Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Edgar Meyer   Bass
Byron House   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,Vocal Harmony
Courtney Johnson   Banjo
Scott Vestal   Banjo
Cornelia Heard   Violin
Stephen Mougin   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
George Meyer   Violin

Technical Credits

Sam Bush   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Guy Clark   Composer
Edgar Meyer   Composer
John Cowan   Composer
Garth Fundis   Engineer
Tom Gray   Composer
Dave Sinko   Engineer
Ebo Walker   Composer
Jeff Black   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jerry Stuart   Composer
Jerry Stuart   Composer

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