He's released seven albums and a live DVD over the past two decades. In 2009, the Americana Music Association awarded Bush the Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist. Punch Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Greensky Bluegrass are just a few present-day bluegrass vanguards among so many musicians he's influenced. His performances are annual highlights of the festival circuit, with Bush's joyous perennial appearances at the town's famed bluegrass fest earning him the title, "King of Telluride."
"With this band I have now I am free to try anything. Looking back at the last 50 years of playing newgrass, with the elements of jazz improvisation and rock-&-roll, jamming, playing with New Grass Revival, Leon, and Emmylou; it's a culmination of all of that," says Bush. "I can unapologetically stand onstage and feel I'm representing those songs well."
Named by RollingStone.com as an "Artist You Need To Know", and dubbed a "Must Watch Artist" by The Huffington Post, one might say the future of Jamie Kent looks quite promising. Drawing on influences from modern americana artists like Jason Isbell and Will Hoge, as well as paying tribute to classic greats like John Prine and Tom Petty, Kent is a "an important young voice with something to say" (Music City Roots). Kent has had no fear of hard work, playing 150+ shows a year including tours with Huey Lewis & The News, The Doobie Bros, America, Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark, and Marc Broussard. His songs have been heard across major network television, from VH1 to NBC's The Today Show and World Of Dance. His latest album "All American Mutt", debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and #3 on the Heatseeker Charts. Kent was the only independent artist to break into the Top 20 at the time.
Unspoken Tradition is about new, original Bluegrass. Inspired by their own influences and the roots of traditional music, they bring a sound that is both impassioned and nostalgic, hard-driving but sincere. Their 2019 release from Mountain Home Music Company, Myths We Tell Our Young, debuted at #5 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and has seen 5 top-charting radio singles, including a #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today chart for the single “Dark Side of the Mountain.”
Their material is mostly original and reflects the ever-changing culture of Western and Central North Carolina, where they call home. The band has earned a fervent following in the Southeast, selling out shows in Asheville, NC as well as the legendary Station Inn in Nashville, TN. They have also performed twice on the coveted Watson (main stage) at MerleFest. With heavy airplay on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction and ever-growing streaming numbers, Unspoken Tradition is a fast-rising voice of a new generation of roots music artists. Their debut recording, Simple Little Town (2013) saw quick success in radio and with tastemakers. Their follow-up release, Miles Between was featured on the nationally syndicated NPR show The World Cafe. Represented by Midwood Entertainment, Unspoken Tradition plays nationwide.
Eleanor Underhill & Friends
Thoughtful originals and unexpected cover songs with eclectic grooves, world-beat drums, jazzy bass, soulful vocals, and a unique take on the banjo.
Red Clay Revival
Born in the soul-basted countryside of Alabama, and brought to the heart of the Blue Ridge mountains to marinade and mature, Red Clay Revival delivers an experience that reshapes the parameters of “roots music” as its known. Songsmith extraordinaire, Doug McElvy, lays a solid foundation at the epicenter of Red Clay’s musical magnitude. McElvy’s skillful, heart-driven compositions are orbited by the most notable and virtuosic musicians in the industry today. For the 2012 full-length debut, “Barefoot,” McElvy teams with resophonic guitar guru, Billy Cardine, as creative consultant and coproducer. The album features collaborations with decorated pros, such as; Keller Williams, Larry and Jenny Keel, and Tim Carbone of Rail Road Earth. “Barefoot” received stellar reviews and accolades from industry peers, and listeners alike. The title track earned a spot on Relix Magazine’s widely distributed July-August 2012 compilation disc. For the 2014 EP, “Chilly,” McElvy and Cardine again pair in production, recruiting the talents of world class violinist, Casey Driessen, and beat master Jeff Sipe for backing elements. “Chilly” delivers nothing short of pure musical gold. Red Clay Revival’s powerful live performance harnesses an energy that electrifies any room, leaving audiences with an embedded musical experience.
A delicious stew of rock, bluegrass, funk, psychedelia, country, folk & blues.
For years, an Asheville bluegrass favorite (voted one of WNC’s top-3 bluegrass bands by Mountain Xpress readers from 2010-2013), Sanctum Sully has reemerged as a 6-piece electrified unit that combines their many influences to form a unique & authentic sound. From frantic bluegrass licks to spaced-out ambient rock…Sanctum Sully churns it out, straight from the heart.
Originally formed in 2008, SS has put out three albums – “Trade Winds" (2012), "Southern Trees” (2014) and their new, eponymous EP (2018) – played to many festival crowds (Merlefest, Floydfest, Mountain Song at Sea, Bele Chere, Rooster Walk, Soulshine Fest), and performed alongside many greats (Leftover Salmon, Larry Keel, Acoustic Syndicate & more). They are a merry band of friends whose love & respect for each other bleeds out through the music.