Circles Around Me

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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". ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891405520
  • Catalog Number: 14055
  • Sales rank: 44,946

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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