Bluegrass Comes To WHBPAC

Independent/Shelley Swanger

He’s dubbed the most decorated bluegrass performer of all time, with top hits “Stingray,” “Blue Mountain,” “Eight More Miles To Louisville,” and more. Sure, he can sing, but he can also play a mean fiddle, strum a guitar, and rock a mandolin. His name is Sam Bush and he’s coming to the East End.

The Sam Bush Band will hit the stage at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, August 17, at 8 PM.

Bush grew up on a cattle farm in Kentucky during the post-war 1950s era. His father, Charlie Bush, plays the fiddle and organized jam sessions in the local area. At only 11 years old, Sam purchased his first mandolin and, in the blink of an eye, he was a three-time national champion of the National Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest, junior division.

Sam was inspired by the New Deal String Band in the spring of 1970. Before long, Sam would go on to play alongside Ebo Walker, Courtney Johnson, and Curtis Burch, to form the 1971 band New Grass Revival. The group played together until 1989. Bush was awarded three International Bluegrass Music Association Mandolin Player of the Year awards, for the years 1990 to 1992, taking home a fourth in 2007. After 25 years of collaborative play, Sam Bush went solo.

He earned the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist in 2009.

Today, Sam Bush and his band continue to tour.

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is located at 76 Main Street in Westhampton Beach. Call the box office at 631-288-1500 or visit online at

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