THOUGHTS ON GARCIA: DON'T LET GO

SAM BUSH


Sam Bush by Tony Stack
1. How would you say the music of Jerry Garcia and/or the man himself has influenced your music, your craft, and/or your life path?

Jerry's music influenced me to be unafraid to step out. In the early days when we started New Grass Revival, we were one of the first bluegrass bands to do extended jamming. The Dead and the Allman Brothers fashioned a way for us to follow on our acoustic instruments in search of the perfect jam.

2. What is your fondest memory of Jerry Garcia?

It was December 31, 1989. New Grass Revival had been invited to play on the Grateful Dead's New Year's Eve Show at the Oakland, CA Coliseum. This was the last set for the Revival ever, and after stepping offstage we were greeted by Jane Fonda, Bill Walton and Jerry Garcia. Jerry gave us an ecstatic review of our show in the form of "THAT WAS REALLY FAR OUT, MAN!" He made us feel totally comfortable in what could have been a really nervous situation. He couldn't have been nicer.

3. What would you say is the most significant thing Jerry has given the world?

Jerry inspired a sense of freedom to experiment with music. He influenced a lot of young people who had never heard acoustic or bluegrass music to give it a good listen. Through the band Old & In The Way, he turned on a lot of people to bluegrass who would otherwise have never heard the genre.

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