Podcast 388: Sam Bush

“I love playing rhythm; I’m guess I’m a frustrated drummer.”

The one-and-only Sam Bush joins us this week for an enlightening talk about John Hartford and so much more.

Sam has just released Radio John: Songs of John Hartford, a tribute album to his mentor where he plays every instrument (acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, and fiddle). We talk about the inspiration behind the album, the Hartford tracks he selected, and his recording process. It’s great to hear Sam reminisce about his old friend and the impact these songs have had on him.

Sam also talks to us about some of the unique gear he employed. In addition to his tried-and-true 1937 Gibson F-5 mandolin (better known as “Hoss”), he used a Silvertone bass with 40-year-old strings; a low-tuned banjo on loan from Bela Fleck, and a Cat’s Eyes / Tokai copy of a Martin D-42.

It’s a fun chat with a true bluegrass music legend. We hope you enjoy it.

Get Sam Bush’s Radio John here: https://folkways.si.edu/sam-bush/radio-john-songs-of-john-hartford

Love the show and want to support the Fretboard Journal Podcast? Pick up a digital subscription to our magazine: https://shop.fretboardjournal.com/collections/downloads/products/fretboard-journal-digital-subscription-offer

(It’s just $30 annually and it goes a long way towards supporting the show…and you get to read the Fretboard Journal!)

Pre-order An Instrument Maker’s Guide to Insanity and Redemption: Behind-the-Scenes Stories from the Instrument Making and Repair Community here.

Our podcast is sponsored by Peghead Nation (use the promo code FRETBOARD and get your first month free or $20 off any annual subscription); Izotope (use the coupon code FRET10 to save 10% off their plug-ins); and Calton Cases.

Above photo: Jeff Fasano

Below photo of Sam with John Hartford: Lynn Bush