Laps in Seven

Sam Bush

Sugar Hill Records

Take the standard instruments of bluegrass — mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bass — and give the songs a rock ’n’ roll feel, and you have the music of Sam Bush.

Laps in Seven is the latest release from Bush, who co-founded the legendary bluegrass band New Grass Revival, and worked as a sideman for numerous musicians, including Emmy Lou Harris, Lyle Lovett and the Flecktones.

Laps opens with “The River’s Gonna Run,” a duet that finds Bush sharing the vocals with his old boss Harris. The CD features four songs that Sam either wrote or co-wrote, including the laid-back instrumental “The Dolphin Dance,” and the title track, which is based on the water-drinking habits of Sam’s dog Ozzie (“syncopated, 7/4 time signature,” according to Bush).

Other highlights of the disc include “New Country,” a quick-tempo instrumental that pairs Bush with legendary violinist Jean Luc Ponty; and a terrific cover of the Charlie Monroe classic “Bringing in the Georgia Mail.”

Whether the listener is being introduced to bluegrass or is a longtime fan, Laps in Seven should satisfy the need for a mix between the old and the new sounds of the genre.

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