Label: Sugar Hill
Sam is also known as the "King of Telluride," because of his streak of 36 straight appearances at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival (out of a possible 37).
The title Laps In Seven came about after Sam noticed that his dog, Ozzie, was seemingly drinking his water in a seven beat pattern. He made up a tune to go with it, which became the title track, which has a 7/4 time signature (which is rare for bluegrass).
The first album I ever heard which involved Sam Bush was New Grass Revival's 1984 (or was it 1986?) self-titled album. It became a favorite of mine. I have also heard the experimental supergroup Strength In Numbers' record, as well as Sam's most recent album, Circles Around You. All were great.
Laps does not have a bad song in the bunch. It is an eclectic mix of modernized bluegrass covers and his own newgrass. It starts out pretty subdued, as far as experimenting is concerned, but by the end, we hear electric guitar solos on overdrive ("River Take Me"), saxophones and organs ("White Bird"), and unusual time signatures ("Laps In Seven").
|1||The River's Gonna Run (written by Julie Miller, featuring Emmylou Harris)||4:01|
|2||Bringing in the Georgia Mail (Fred Rose)||3:57|
|3||The Dolphin Dance||3:14|
|4||On the Road (John Hartford)||5:00|
|5||Ridin' That Bluegrass Train (written by Bush, John Pennell, featuring Tim O'Brien)||3:46|
|6||I Wanna Do Right (written by Bush, Jeff Black, featuring Shaun Murphy)||4:34|
|7||Where There's a Road (Robbie Fulks)||3:53|
|8||New Country(Jean Luc Ponty)||4:09|
|9||Ballad for a Soldier (Leon Russell)||4:35|
|10||River Take Me (Darrell Scott)||7:11|
|11||White Bird (David and Linda LaFlamme, featuring Andrea Zonn)||6:00|
|12||Laps in Seven (Bush, Byron House, Scott Vestal)||5:00|
It's very difficult to pick favorites in this bunch. I do think the album peaks near the end, which is a fresh change from many albums, which start off well and go downhill. Sam Bush has cemented himself as one of the greatest in the genre, and maybe even all of music. The only thing better than listening to a Sam Bush album is watching the Sam Bush Band play a 15 minute rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame."