Sam Bush Recalls Important Ryman Performance With Emmylou Harris
In 1989, Bush joined Emmylou Harris’ band, the Nash Ramblers. They played together for five years, including for Harris' 1992 At the Ryman album, which was recorded on April 30-May 2, 1991, at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
"At the time, the Ryman was virtually condemned; I think they could only let 300 people in. The room was in bad shape," Bush recalls to The Boot. "... [The album] was successful; we all won a Grammy. I really believe that her making that live record was instrumental in reviving the Ryman Auditorium and keeping the landmark for our city going."
The 63-year-old Bush was nominated for Musician of the Year at the 2015 CMA Awards. The trophy went to Mac McAnally, but Bush already has dozens of awards to his name: three Grammy Awards, four International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards and six American Music Awards, among others. But for all of his success, the artist isn't about to sing his own praises.
"What I do feel like is a guy that’s incredibly fortunate that, since I got out of high school in 1970, I’ve been able to make a living playing music," Bush maintains. "What more could I ask? I feel pretty fortunate that I’ve been able to do that all these years, that I am basically healthy enough to go on the road with my band, play music, play sessions in Nashville. Really, I just feel pretty fortunate."
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