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Sam Bush is a virtuoso on the mandolin, a fine lead and harmony singer, a gifted composer and arranger, and a master of improvisation. All those aspects of his talent come into play on Ice Caps: Peaks of Telluride, 14 songs recorded live over the last decade at the famed Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado. These aren't your standard bluegrass tunes, though. From the opening treatment of Bob Dylan's "Girl of the North Country" through a hot hammering version of John Hiatt's rocking "Memphis in the Meantime" to the requisite Bill Monroe tribute "Big Mon," Bush shows the controlled yet unpredictable style that has infused his careers with the seminal crossover combo New Grass Revival and Emmylou Harris's Nash ...
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Sam Bush is a virtuoso on the mandolin, a fine lead and harmony singer, a gifted composer and arranger, and a master of improvisation. All those aspects of his talent come into play on Ice Caps: Peaks of Telluride, 14 songs recorded live over the last decade at the famed Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado. These aren't your standard bluegrass tunes, though. From the opening treatment of Bob Dylan's "Girl of the North Country" through a hot hammering version of John Hiatt's rocking "Memphis in the Meantime" to the requisite Bill Monroe tribute "Big Mon," Bush shows the controlled yet unpredictable style that has infused his careers with the seminal crossover combo New Grass Revival and Emmylou Harris's Nash Ramblers. His own instrumental tunes, including "Spooky Lane" and the "The Ice Caps Are Melting," are riveting too. On the album's closing track, Bush and fellow ex-New Grass Revival member Bela Fleck take off on an extended jam combining Bush's "Stingray" with Kool and the Gang's "Celebrate." John Randall Stewart, John Cowan, and Jerry Douglas also sit in on this rollicking trip through Bush's fiery and unique style.
All Music Guide - Michael B. Smith
With the release of Ice Caps: Peaks of Telluride, Bush pays tribute to the legendary music festival, pulling together some of his finest live performances from the event, all taped during the 1990s. Accompanied by longtime compatriot Jerry Douglas on Dobro, Bush turns in an unparalleled rendition of Bob Dylan's "Girl From the North Country" and the music just keeps flowing free and pure. Speaking of special guests, the album is chock full of them, from New Grass bandmates Béla Fleck and John Cowan, guitarists Darrell Scott and Jon Randall Stewart, bassist Byron House, drummer Larry Atamanuik, and Subdudes alumnus John Magnie. One of the album's finest moments -- and there are many -- comes at the end, as Bush joins John Cowan in a bass, mandolin, and vocal song on Lowell George's Little Feat staple, "Sailing Shoes." This one just has to be heard. It defies any journalistic description. If that isn't reason enough to check out Ice Caps, Sam Bush covers "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang on mandolin. Oddly enough, Bush pulls it off with his usual class and style, where many would fall flat on their face in a puddle of disco mud. Ice Caps: Peaks of Telluride is another stellar release from one of acoustic music's true innovators.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2000
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891391724
  • Catalog Number: 3917
  • Sales rank: 28,538

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam Bush Primary Artist, Fiddle, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Douglas Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar
Larry Atamanuik Drums
John Cowan Bass, Vocals
Béla Fleck Banjo
Byron House Bass
John Magnie Accordion
Darrell Scott Guitar
Jon Randall Stewart Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Sam Bush Arranger, Producer
Randy LeRoy Mastering
Kooster McAllister Engineer
Dave Sinko Engineer
Paul Special Digital Editing
Senor McGuire Back Cover, Cover Photo
Sue Meyer Illustrations
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  • Posted January 15, 2012

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    A Bit of a Jumble

    There is a lot of good music here but the different bands and styles are distracting. Bush seems to be demonstrating how eclectic his musical tastes are but the acoustic and electric songs don't seem to mesh. I also am docking this 1/2 star for the annoying Pastor Mustard, who isn't funny and takes up space that could be given to another song. Fans of New Grass Revival will probably want this CD anyway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Live Set

    Sam and friends really let loose on these tracks! Bela plays awesome banjo and you can't go wrong with Jerry Douglas. In fact, you can't hear anyone play the dobro anywhere unless it is Jerry Douglas. The guy is like the mafia. He controls the industry and hordes all the gigs to himself. It makes me nauseous just thinking about it. Let's hear some other dobro players! There must be a good market for jobs in that area, unless Jerry Douglas actually assassinates any of his competition.

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