• Revival: The Sam Bush Story Set for Nov. 1 Release

    Revival! The Sam Bush Story

    The wait is over! Beginning Novenber 1, you can rent or purchase Revival: The Sam Bush Story on amazon.com, and DVD pre-order details are coming soon.

    Not many musicians can lay claim to being the "father" of an entire genre of music. Sam Bush can. Sam is a pioneer and a living legend... and most people don't even know his name.

    In Revival: The Sam Bush Story audiences will discover Sam's story. Labeled the "Father of Newgrass" by a who's-who of the Americana music world, Sam has become the icon of his own genre.

    From jam bands to the genius of Chris Thile, from the Avett Brothers to Zac Brown, many of today's biggest acts in Bluegrass, Newgrass, and Americana owe a debt of gratitude to Sam, but where does he fit in the new world of acoustic music? "Too old to be young and too young to be an old legend," is how Sam describes himself. While musicians he inspired reach levels of success and stardom Sam never has, his challenge is to remain relevant: one show at a time.



    Revival: The Sam Bush Story premiered at the Nashville Film Festival in 2015, where it won the audience award for Best Music Documentary — the first of four awards in its year-plus run on the festival circuit.

    In addition to the awards Revival has received, the film was a hit with audiences, playing to packed houses from coast to coast. Audiences were wowed, moved, and inspired by the tale of one man's quest to make the world a more beautiful place by playing to the beat of his own soul.

    The Cast

    Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, John Oates, Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Chris Thile, David Grisman, Ricky Scaggs, Jerry Douglas, Jeff Hanna, Del McCoury, John Cowan, Jeff Austin, Scott Avett, The Avett Brothers, Woody Platt, Mike Guggino, Steep Canyon Rangers, Paul Hoffman, Greensky Bluegrass, Pat Flynn, Sierra Hull.

    Written, Produced & Directed by Wayne Franklin & Kris Wheeler. Director of Photography: Patrick Sheehan.

    Festivals and Awards

    • Nashville International Film Festival - Nashville, TN
      • WINNER, BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY (audience)
    • Sidewalk Film Festival - Birmingham, AL
      • WINNER, BEST DOC. (audience)
      • BEST ALABAMA FILM (audience)
    • St. Louis International Film Festival - St. Louis, MO
    • Big Sky Film Festival - Missoula, MT
    • Noise Pop Film Festival - San Francisco, CA
    • IF Film - Louisville, KY
    • Durango Film Festival - Durango, CO
      • WINNER, BEST DOCUMENTARY (audience)
    • Port Townsend Film Festival - Port Townsend, WA
    • Woods Hole Film Festival - Woods Hole, MA
    • Hurricane Film Festival - Mobile, AL
    • IBMA Film Festival - Raleigh, NC

    Special Screenings

    • Telluride, CO In conjunction with Telluride Bluegrass
    • Film Falmouth (Woods Hole Film Festival screening series) - Falmouth, MA
    • HEAR BG - Bowling Green, KY

    Trailer Credits

    Additional Information


    Comments 8 Comments
    1. mandopixie's Avatar
      mandopixie -
      Roll on November 1st. I'm so excited!
    1. jobella's Avatar
      jobella -
      Nice! I hope there's a platform where we can watch it online someday. Won't be able to go to screenings.
    1. colorado_al's Avatar
      colorado_al -
      Quote Originally Posted by jobella View Post
      Nice! I hope there's a platform where we can watch it online someday. Won't be able to go to screenings.
      From the website:
      Coming to Amazon November 1 for rent or purchase!
    1. soliver's Avatar
      soliver -
      I'm excited to see it!
    1. Lorenzo LaRue's Avatar
      Lorenzo LaRue -
      ....Sam "Mando God" Bush...OMG, can't wait!....
    1. mandopixie's Avatar
      mandopixie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lorenzo LaRue View Post
      ....Sam "Mando God" Bush...OMG, can't wait!....
      - yup-yup-yup-yup-yup-yup..
    1. Fretbear's Avatar
      Fretbear -
      Finally!
      Why does a film that was premiered in 2015 take that long to be released?
    1. june39's Avatar
      june39 -
      Lawyers