BMI’s database credits Sam Bush with 109 published compositions and arrangements, including:

  • “Ballad of Stringbean and Estelle”
  • “Bowling Green”
  • “Circles Around Me”
  • “Crooked Smile”
  •  “Norman and Nancy”
  • “Radio John”
  • “Sapporo”
  • “Transcendental Meditation Blues”

Early Influences

  • Parents – Charles T. and Henrietta Bush
  • Tommy Jackson
  • Red Rector
  • Hank Garland
  • Bill Monroe
  • Byron Berline
  • Texas Shorty (Jim Chancellor)
  • David Grisman
  • Mark O’Connor
  • Jethro Burns

From the Archives

“I try to fit the music that I’m playing when I play with other people. Our band gives me all the room I need to blow off steam, and playing with Tony is improvisational music. But when I play with Bashful Brother Oswald and Charlie Collins on their record, I try to play music that fits with Oswald’s Dobro and banjo playing. I really try for taste, above all, because it really pays off. Doc Watson taught me about being tasteful, because he’s the king of taste.”
Quoted by Jon Sievert in “‘Newgrass’ Mover and Shaker Sam Bush,” Frets Magazine, July 1979.
“We've always been trying to get to that wider audience. We've always felt the band had that appeal, whether it be in a rock and roll or a country market. It's been a subtle thing. When we first got started, the bluegrass market didn't know what to make of us so we started making our own market.”
Quoted by Eliot Brenner in “New Grass Revival Leaves the Bad Old Days Behind,” The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee), October 30, 1987.
“Maybe it’s after all these years of trying to make sure you always make your own mark, that the bottom line is you finally get old enough to feel comfortable and just play some bluegrass that I love.”
Quoted by Larry Nager in “Sam Bush – Looking for That Joyful Noise,” Bluegrass Unlimited, December 2009.