Saturday, November 25, 2006
Sam BushSam Bush got hooked early on. He was just 11 when he got his first mandolin. By the time he was 17, he had won the title of National Junior Fiddle Champion for three years in a row and had made his recording debut, Poor Richard's Almanac. Two years later, in 1971, he founded New Grass Revival, a band that pushed bluegrass into new territory by incorporating styles like rock, pop, reggae and jazz. In the late '80s, he formed the supergroup Strength in Numbers with Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Mark O'Connor and Edgar Meyer, and he went on to lead Emmylou Harris' Grammy-winning Nash Ramblers for five years. In addition to contributing to dozens of other musicians' projects, Sam Bush has recorded a number of solo albums, including Late As Usual, Glamour and Grits, Ice Caps: Peaks of Telluride, King of My World, and his latest, Laps In Seven (Sugar Hill Records).
Buddy EmmonsAs a kid, pedal-steel giant Buddy Emmons wanted to be a boxer. Then he got his first steel. It was, he recalls, "a Supro six-string lap model with a finish George Harrison once described as mother-of-plastic." No problem. Eleven-year-old Buddy pressed on, and seven years later he had joined Little Jimmy Dickens' Country Boys. Now, in a career that has spanned almost six decades, Emmons has toured with the likes of Ernest Tubb, George Jones and the Everly Brothers, recorded dozens of his own albums, and done thousands of recording sessions for artists as varied as Rosemary Clooney, Gram Parsons, k.d. lang, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt and Ray Charles. In the mid-'50s, Emmons and fellow steel player Shot Jackson designed and manufactured the Sho-Bud pedal steel guitar. Buddy left Sho-Bud in 1963 to start his own business, the Emmons Guitar Company. In 1981, Emmons was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).