13 April 1952, Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. As the founder of the New Grass Revival, this prodigiously talented fiddle and mandolin player helped modernise bluegrass music by incorporating disparate styles into a previously rigid musical structure.
Bush began playing the fiddle in his early childhood, winning several awards before he had reached his teens. By this time he was also proficient on the mandolin, and in his late teens formed a band with Wayne Stewart and future Country Gazette leader Alan Munde. After a short stint with the Bluegrass Alliance, Bush and bandmates Courtney Johnson, Ebo Walker and Curtis Burch formed the New Grass Revival in 1971. The introduction of new bass player and vocalist John Cowan completed the classic line-up, which went on to record several albums for Flying Fish Records which pioneered a stunning fusion of bluegrass, jazz, rock n roll and soul.
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