Sam Bush – Ice Caps: Peaks Of Telluride
Recorded at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride, Colorado between June 1992 & June 1999. Includes liner notes by Dan Sadowski and Pastor Mustard.
If bluegrass is folk music on steroids, then ICE CAPS: PEAKS OF TELLURIDE is bluegrass on rocket fuel and kickapoo joy juice. Nashville mandolin ace Sam Bush is joined by other legendary pickers on this set of performances culled from 25 years of concerts at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
Bob Dylan's "Girl From the North Country," a bluegrass favorite, is offered as a joyous, strumabilly romp. Bush tosses off the vocals in his fine, reedy tenor, then engages dobro master Jerry Douglas in a thrilling exchange of solos. Bush shows off his award winning fiddle chops, leading banjoist Bela Fleck, Douglas, and others on an incendiary stomp through "Big Mon," the Bill Monroe standard. This is fun music, and the crowd hollers itself hoarse with approval on Bush's hit "Same Ol' River," John Hiatt's "Memphis in the Meantime," and even a surprisingly apt reading of Kool And The Gang's "Celebrate." Bluegrass purists may look askance, but the virtuosity and huge good time captured here make this collection ideal for all lovers of rocking acoustic music.
1. Pastor Mustard: Introduction - 1:27 2. Girl Of The North Country - 5:18 3. Big Mon - 2:21 4. Same Ol' River - 8:59 5. Angel To Be - 4:32 6. Speak Of The Devil - 6:59 7. Memphis In The Meantime - 6:01 8. Spooky Lane - 5:47 9. The Ice Caps Are Melting - 2:31 10. Lee Highway Blues - 2:37 11. Pastor Mustard: Heen - 1:37 12. Hungry For Your Love - 2:58 13. Sailin' Shoes - 5:12 14. I Put A Spell On You - 4:58 15. Celebrate - 1:09 16. Stingray - 9:10
Sam Bush (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic & electric mandolins, fiddle) , Jon Randall (vocals, guitar) , Jeffro Beck (vocals, electric mandolin) , John Cowan (vocals, bass) , Dan Sadowski / Pastor Mustard (spoken vocals) , Darrell Scott (guitar) , Bela Fleck (banjo) , Jerry Douglas (lap steel guitar, dobro) , John Magnie (accordion) , Larry Atamunik (drums).
1. AllMusic - Michael B. Smith
With the release of Ice Caps: Peaks of Telluride, Bush pays tribute to the legendary music festival, pulling together some of his finest live performances from the event, all taped during the 1990s. Accompanied by longtime compatriot Jerry Douglas on Dobro, Bush turns in an unparalleled rendition of Bob Dylan's "Girl From the North Country" and the music just keeps flowing free and pure. Speaking of special guests, the album is chock full of them, from New Grass bandmates Béla Fleck and John Cowan, guitarists Darrell Scott and Jon Randall Stewart, bassist Byron House, drummer Larry Atamanuik, and Subdudes alumnus John Magnie.
One of the album's finest moments -- and there are many -- comes at the end, as Bush joins John Cowan in a bass, mandolin, and vocal song on Lowell George's Little Feat staple, "Sailing Shoes." This one just has to be heard. It defies any journalistic description. If that isn't reason enough to check out Ice Caps, Sam Bush covers "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang on mandolin. Oddly enough, Bush pulls it off with his usual class and style, where many would fall flat on their face in a puddle of disco mud. Ice Caps: Peaks of Telluride is another stellar release from one of acoustic music's true innovators.
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