“I love playing rhythm; I guess I’m a frustrated drummer.”
The one and only Sam Bush joins us this week for an insightful talk on John Hartford and more.
Sam just got fired Radio John: Songs by John Hartforda tribute album to his mentor on which he plays every instrument (acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, and Violin). We talk about the inspiration behind the album, the Hartford tracks he chose and his recording process. It’s great to hear Sam remembering his old friend and the effect these songs had on him.
Sam also talks to us about some of the unique gear he used. In addition to his trusted 1937 Gibson F-5 mandolin (better known as “Hoss”), he used a Silvertone bass with 40-year-old strings; a low-tuned banjo borrowed from Bela Fleck and a Cat’s Eyes/Tokai copy of a Martin D-42.
It’s a fun chat with a real bluegrass music legend. I hope you like it.
Get Sam Bush’s Radio John here: https://folkways.si.edu/sam-bush/radio-john-songs-of-john-hartford
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Photo above: Jeff Fasano
Bottom photo of Sam with John Hartford: Lynn Bush