Newgrass Founders Return to Louisville for Historic Concert Announcement

By Mandolin Cafe
December 8, 2008 - 1:45 pm

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Louisville, Ky. — Sam Bush and former members of New Grass Revival and The Bluegrass Alliance will meet in Louisville on December 13, 2008 to announce a major concert event at Louisville's Galt House to benefit American Cancer Society, to be held March 6, 2009.

These two bands created and defined a new style called Newgrass, mixing traditional Bill Monroe-styled Bluegrass with a fusion of rock, blues and jazz. Led by Sam Bush, the Father of Newgrass, the recordings, concerts and members of the New Grass Revival and The Bluegrass Alliance have become part of the folklore of the state of Kentucky, and major forces within the music industry and changed the course of Bluegrass music forever.

A key component of the Bluegrass scene in the halcyon days of the 1970s was the old Victorian mansion in Cherokee Park near downtown Louisville. The infamous Bluegrass Hotel, whose proprietor Harry Bickel and Harry Sparks—luthier of renown—made life more stable for its residents that included Sam Bush, Dan Crary (The Bluegrass Alliance co-founder), Tony Rice, Vince Gill, John Cowan, Curtis Burch, J.D. Crowe, Danny Jones, Jerry Douglas, Ricky Skaggs, Glenn Lawson, Tony Williamson, Jack Lawrence, Al White and many others who were making their way though the treacherous waters of the music business. The Bluegrass Hotel represents an important chapter in music history, with a cast of characters that made Kentucky the center of the Bluegrass universe during the 1970s.

Sam Bush and former members of the New Grass Revival and The Bluegrass Alliance have launched a major project celebrating the Newgrass era in Kentucky, titled "The Bluegrass Hotel". The centerpiece of the project is a new Film, accompanied by a DVD, CD and Book, which will include reality-based storytelling and jam sessions filmed at the legendary Bluegrass Hotel this December, archival performances of the bands in the 1970s, and a March 6, 2009 concert at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville featuring Sam Bush, former members of the New Grass Revival, The Bluegrass Alliance and special guest stars.

On December 13, 2008 at noon, Sam Bush, Dan Crary, Tony Rice, Curtis Burch, J.D. Crowe, Danny Jones and Bluegrass Hotel proprietor Harry Bickel will join Mayor of Louisville, Jerry E. Abramson, Galt House Sales Manager, Lisa Haller and American Cancer Society Associate Executive Director, Lorraina Aldridge at the Galt House in Louisville to announce The Bluegrass Hotel Concert & Festival, scheduled for March 6, 2009.

"If it wasn't for The Bluegrass Hotel, I don't know how a lot of young Bluegrass musicians (like Vince Gill) could have moved to a different city to learn how to play music", said Sam Bush. "I'm pleased to be involved in a project that is focused on the Newgrass era and to perform at this concert back in Louisville, where all the proceeds will benefit the work of the American Cancer Society. I know that cancer is a disease that affects all of our families in one way or another, and this concert will help the Society's efforts to beat it", said Bush.

For more information contact:
Bill Millet, producer
(972) 365-3303

Theresa Dunn
Galt House Hotel
(502) 500-2203

Lorraina Aldridge
American Cancer Society
(502) 533-2511

Bluegrass Alliance Tribute
Sam Bush