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Circles Around Me

Sam BushAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Circles Around Me 3:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Diamond Joe 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. You Left Me Alone 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Old North Woods 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Roll On Buddy, Roll On 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Ballad Of Stringbean And Estelle 4:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Out On The Ocean 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Gold Heart Locket 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Junior Heywood 6:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Midnight On The Stormy Deep 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Apple Blossom 1:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Souvenir Bottles 8:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Whisper My Name 7:23$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • ASIN: B002NULL44
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sammy! August 24, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Another great disk by Sam. I hesitated to purchase this one, simply because I own all of Sam's disks, & frankly was begining to feel that the creative juices may have begun to run dry just a bit. Don't get me wrong, Laps in Seven & King of My World are fine, fine disks, better than 99.9% of stuff out there, but they seem to be strained a bit at times. It seemed to me - right or wrong - that Sam was straining for a hit.
This one, by contrast, feels completely relaxed. Sam is entirely at home with this material. It is as if he is putting on a comfortable old pair of well worn boots. His pacing is just right. Oh, he can still let it rip, as he does, for instance, in Blue Mountain. But more often than not, he lets the songs set their own pace. On Souveneir Bottles, for instance, first released decades ago on Barren County, he keeps the synchopated style while avoiding the choppiness of the original. Old North Woods has the relaxed feel of the Grisman/Garcia albums, or maybe the Grisman/Rice Pizza Tapes. Gold Heart Locket features Jerry Douglas. My personal favorite is Junior Heywood, which includes not only Flux but the incomparable Edgar Meyer, whose bow work is peerless, as always. I particularly like the way Sam signs off this album, with Apple Blossom, featuring a duet with the late great Courtney Johnson, the aforementioned Souveneir Bottles, & Whisper Your Name, an Ebo Walker tune that harkens all the way back to NGR's very first disk. Of course, his extraordinary band shines throughout. One quibble: the drums are mixed a little high, in my opinion, including on the opening track. But a quibble it is. Any fan of Sam, NGR, or progressive bluegrass - yes, newgrass - ought to pick this up. Don't be a dope like me & forestall any further your enjoyment of this latest musical chapter from Sammy.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from Sam Bush October 31, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Although I don't always agree with all his lyrics, I always enjoy his material. I've got all the Newgrass stuff on vinyl and am a fan of the mandolin.

Speaking of vinyl, the tune "Apple Blossom" was recorded in 1976 and features a duet between Sam on Fiddle and the late Newgrass Revival banjo man Courtney Johnson. It's a short, but sweet instrumental, followed directly, on track 13 with "Souvenir Bottles," which first appeared on their 1979 album "Barren County." This 8+ minute version has a great guitar, banjo, mandolin solo. Sweet.

The title track is a nice mellow piece. "Diamond Joe" starts off like "8 More Miles to Louisville," but is a nice up tempo vocal. "You left me alone" has got some nice banjo/mando work in the context of an upbeat broken-heart song. "The Old North Woods" is a 4 minute sweat instrumental with nice banjo and mandolin lines and a bowed cello adding a bit of extra mellow.

"The Ballad of Stringbean and Estelle" is a mournful ballad telling the story of the murder of banjo man David "Stringbean" Akeman and his wife in 1973, as they were shot upon his return home from a gig at the Opry.

Having a soft spot for the mandolin, "Blue Mountain" is a great fast-paced tune with lots of great mando work. Scott Vestal and Stephen Mougin are no slouches on banjo and guitar either!

The rest of the tunes are worthwhile as well. Not a clunker on the disc.

Oh yeah, after the 2:24 last song "Whisper my Name," keep listening for another 30 seconds and you'll be treated to four minutes of Hot Tomales! Enjoy.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Primo Sammy October 21, 2009
Format:Audio CD
The short review of "Circles Around Me" is this release is newgrass through and through and sounds as much like classic Sam Bush. Never mind the jazz/rock numbers of the past couple CDs, they were good, this music is where Sam's heart lives even it likes to stray from time to time. This release is to be added to "Howlin' At the Moon" and "Glamour and Grits" to the must haves in the Sam Bush library. Every track, from the instrumentals that are bit more progressive, to the Monroe covers are worthy of many listens. It's good the King has found his way back home.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Beauty December 17, 2009
Format:Audio CD
What did you expect from Sam Bush? A poorly-produced album of predictable hooey? Nope, just the same old toe-tappers interspersed with the occasional heartfelt ballad or dramatic story tune. There's some humor, tons of passion, and the productional value is sky high as per usual. Just buy it, you're nodding your head, so buy it already!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More traditional.... April 21, 2010
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....but still all Sam. Talent like this does not happen every day,and this CD showcases a natural and fluid roots aspect to the band.A real treat was hearing Courtney Johnson on "Appple Blossom". He is sorely missed. Another nugget was hearing Sam amd Del McCoury on" Midnight on the Stomy Deep", an old favorite. The band as usual shone like new money, so tight, so effortless. All in all, another great album from the Sam Bush Band.For those folks going to JazzFest in New Orleans this year, be sure to catch his set. This is THE venue for this band!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good sound love the mandolin playing January 9, 2011
By Bon
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I was privilaged to meet Mr. Bush in Kentucky at First Quality Music Store in 2005. I play the mandolin and was interested in his Gibson signature Mandolin. I love his music wish I had the opportunity to see him live and more often. Seems like a wonderful young man and well accomplished musician
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD.
This CD is wonderful. Lot's of fun to listen to. I will get more Sam Bush music.
Published 2 months ago by Monument Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
What more needs to be said? This is Sam Bush... if you love Bluegrass, you will love this CD. Buy It!!
Published 6 months ago by JOHN TOMKINS
4.0 out of 5 stars ENJOY!
The title track is great. Had to listen to the rest of the CD a couple more times to get into the style. Wasn't used to hearing so much banjo.. Super CD..
Published 9 months ago by Ian M. Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars great mandolin playing
Sam Bush can sing and play, I still prefer listening to him live as the studio work takes away some of his live excitement but if you like Sam Bush this is good
Published 19 months ago by Arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mando player with good representation of music.
Mr. Bush is one of the recognized mandolin great players. The reasons why are evident in the album, and it should be included in any mandolinist's library. Read more
Published 21 months ago by James F. Tomsovic
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Sam
If you like Sam Bush's other albums, you will dig this one as well. It's a good blend of instrumentals, ballads, gospel, and everything in between, all with Sam's... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Drew Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I heard part of this CD on the radio and thought it sound great. So, I purchased it and was well worth the buy.
Published on December 12, 2011 by Richard Witt
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Bush
Absolutly love this cd. Listen to it all the time. If you like bluegrass you will love it. I own almost all of Sam Bush's cd's as well as New Grass Revival cd's.
Published on December 1, 2011 by Ella
5.0 out of 5 stars Tesa Devlyn
I'd never heard of Sam Bush until a segment of Prairie Home Companion. I immediately bought his CD and will never tire of his sound, talent and creativity. Read more
Published on October 27, 2011 by Tesa Devlyn
5.0 out of 5 stars There's no one like Sam Bush...
I saw Sam Bush at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC and in Charlotte, NC at The Neighborhood Theatre. Wow, once you hear him, your life is never the same! Read more
Published on December 16, 2010 by Cathrin
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