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‘Father of New Grass’ Sam Bush to host special performance at Bluegrass Hall of Fame next month

May 24, 2022 | 12:06 am

Updated May 23, 2022 | 8:43 pm

Kentucky Humanities is celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting Sam Bush — the “Father of New Grass” — at 7 p.m. June 7 at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum. The collaboration also brings Woodsong’s Old-Time Radio Hour host, Michael Johnathon, to the stage to discuss storytelling through song. 

Bush is a Bowling Green native and is often recognized as an originator of progressive bluegrass music, coined “new grass.” Bush is also an American mandolinist and was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame as a member of New Grass Revival in 2020. 

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The highly decorated singer totes multiple awards, hall of fame inductions, Grammys, and the moniker “King of Telluride” for his longstanding commitment to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. 

Johnathan created the PBS-syndicated Woodsong’s Old-Time Radio Hour in 1999, which he continues to host today. He is also an American folk singer-songwriter, producer, author, and playwright. 

According to a release from Kentucky Humanities, Johnathan has released 17 albums, published four books, a play, composed an opera, and performs with symphony orchestras and in coffeehouses alike. 

Admission to the event is free, but reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a spot at the show, visit the museum’s website here.

May 24, 2022 | 12:06 am

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