‘King of the mandolin’, Sam Bush, is an annual performer and part of the house band at Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He has been performing for a majority of the 40 years since the festival started and always brings something new. This year during his Sam Bush Band set on Saturday, he invited Ben Kaufman of Yonder Mountain String Band, bassist extraordinaire Edgar Meyer, banjo master Bela Fleck and more for a surprising set closer.
While it is not uncommon to see a cluster of mandolinists or a mass of banjo players and guitarists at Telluride, Sam Bush certainly provide a first. His ten piece band featured 8 bass players on variations of electric, acoustic and banjo basses pounding out a cover of “Big Bottom”. Yes, that “Big Bottom” from the heavy metal mockumentary This is Spinal Tap. In what can only be described as a Telluride experience, these classical and incredibly skilled bluegrass musicians let go in a bass jam to end all bass jams, complete with butt-spanking choreography.
Sam Bush Band & Guests – Big Bottom (Spinal Tap cover)
Get more info on Sam Bush on his website.