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King of My World

Sam BushAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • ASIN: B0001NBLTK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,293 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Puppies 'N Knapsacks
2. A Better Man
3. Eight More Miles To Louisville
4. They're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone
5. Bananas
6. King Of The World
7. Spirit Is The Journey
8. Majestic
9. Bless His Heart
10. The Mahavishnu Mountain Boys
11. The Wizard Of Oz

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Mandolin and fiddle maestro Sam Bush helped pioneer "newgrass" in the 1970s by deftly mixing and matching traditional bluegrass influences with contemporary rock, reggae, and jazz sensibilities. On this outing, Bush is joined by a tight-knit coterie of fellow super-pickers--including Brad Davis (guitar), Jon Randall (vocals and guitar), Byron House (electric and acoustic bass), and Chris Brown (drums)--to forge a similarly exhilarating, genre-bending blend of traditional and cutting-edge influences. These 11 masterful cuts--ranging from a spirited, old-timey reprise of Grandpa Jones's "Eight More Miles to Louisville" to a soaring instrumental extravaganza called "The Mahavishnu Mountain Boys"–-are every bit as soulful as they are super-charged. --Bob Allen

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion, energy, spirit and even with a little humor April 17, 2004
By J. Ross
Format:Audio CD
Playing Time - 49:59 -- Sam Bush has always been somewhat of a maverick, an independently minded musician who isn't necessarily constrained by the traditional sideboards of bluegrass. While many appreciate his innovation and creativity, some will always struggle with and question his use of drums, piano, organ and electric instruments on this project. My advice to them is to take their blinders off. Bush associates himself with some excellent musicians, and the songs aren't so far out there that this is rock music after all. He follows his own muse and explores a jamgrass territory into Americana that melds new sounds with old, spicing them with electric flavors that invigorate his acoustic spirit. His primary picking pals include Jon Randall Stewart (guitar), Byron House (bass), Chris Brown (drums), Brad Davis (vocals, guitar, BradBender). Others that appear include Reese Wynans (piano or organ, two cuts), Andrea Zonn (fiddle, one cut) and Larry Atamanuik (drums, one cut).

Bush collaborated last year with David Grisman on the project, "Hold on, We're Strummin'," but it's been about four years since Sam put out his last solo album called "Ice Caps: Peaks of Telluride" in 2000. "King of My World" pulls from many genres from bluegrass to jazz, reggae to country. The mountain consciousness is most apparent on a couple tracks (Puppie `N Knapsacks, Eight More Miles to Louisville) that Sam even picks banjo on. I never knew he could do that. "Bananas" is an instrumental with a distinctly Latin jazz feeling. The band really rocks on "Spirit is the Journey" written by Johnny Clegg, while the bluesy downstrokes on his mandolin drive Ed Snodderly's composition, "Magestic." The album even closes with a swingy self-penned "The Wizard of Oz," presumably a tribute to the great St.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Bush: King of My World (Sugar Hill) June 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sam Bush is a musician's musician and a really nice guy (I've met the man). His playing is deeply rooted in American traditional music. Sam doesn't let tradition stand in the way of expressing a fresh look at his world, which he is the king of.
If you are talking tasteful tunes with mando lines "like butter": Sam is the king. Look at it this way, Sam is driving his rambler while we ride shotgun for a little fun, see the sights, and maybe take in a ball game.
So here is a question: What do Grandpa Jones and Johnny Clegg have in common? Answer: they've both written tunes played by Sam Bush on this album. "Eight More Miles to Louisville" and "Spirit is the Journey" as interpreted by Mr. Bush are as fresh as Rocky mountain snow (near Telluride of course).
The backing players fit like a glove and include Byron House (bass), Brad Davis (guitar) and Jon Randall (vocals and guitar) who generally tour with Sam. These guys are tight and it really shows especially on the instrumental numbers co-authored by the group "Puppies `N Knapsacks" and also on Sam's original "Bananas".
Sam borrows from one of his favorite songwriters, Jeff Black, for two tunes on this CD namely the title cut and "They're Going to Miss Me When I'm Gone". Sam really seems to find his voice with Jeff Black songs.
The final stop on the CD is the heartland with a swing tune tribute to his beloved St. Louis Cardinals and their shortstop, Ozzie Smith in the "The Wizard of Oz". This reminds me of swing tunes that came out in 1950s that paid tribute to players and teams of the era and of Steve Goodman's musical tributes to the Chicago Cubs.
As someone once said, Sam never misses a step, more fun that a barrel of monkeys, and always lets you sit back and enjoy the ride.
Thanks for the wonderful ride Sam!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Goodness, What an Album!! June 19, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well, if you like Sam Bush, then this is a no-brainer. Simply put, this is a great collection of both traditional and not-so-traditional bluegrass, etc. that almost anyone can enjoy. To be sure, you can hear strains of Sam's New Grass Revival heritage on certain songs, but there is a lot of great traditional picking as well. "Eight More Miles to Louisville" will satisfy any bluegrass traditionalist. My favorites are "A Better Man" and the title song, "King of the World," which are a little more contemporary but I found rather moving and personally satisfying. All in all, one of the best albums I've bought in awhile. Highly recommended!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bluegrass King has Done it Again!!!! April 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Known as the founder and a pioneer in the Bluegrass revival this album does nothing but reinforce that title. With this album Sam continues to create music that exceeds all expectations. Sam has always been known for his diversity, and the seamless way he blends a variety of musical styles. Although each song is of a different musical styling the album is so well constructed that it smoothly takes you from one track to the next and makes the whole album flow. Some of my favorite songs include classic rockin Bluegrass tracks like "They're Going to Miss me when I'm Gone" which includes Sam Bush trademark ripping mandolin solo. Some of my other favorites are the reggae infused "Spirit is the Journey" and the fun loving big bang/swing influenced "The Wizard of Oz". I highly recommend this album!!!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from Sam July 29, 2005
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This is another great solo effort from Sam Bush. In fact, all his solo albums are extremely strong, going all the way back to "Howling..." or "Late as Usual". There isn't a throw-away track on this CD, and like someone said before, it's hard to imagine anyone not enjoying this collection. I was lucky enough to see this crew perform in Memphis around October 2004, and the music was possibly even better live. I've seen Sam a number of times live, and it's worth any drive you have to make to see him play. As a very amature banjo player, I wish I had enough talent to pick with these guys for 10 minutes!! Anyway, buy this album (just buy ALL of Sam's and NGR's stuff) and enjoy....LDG
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