Laps in Seven

Laps in Seven

by Sam Bush


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The surprising title song tells you all you need to know about this stellar outing from newgrass pioneer/mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush. No, it doesn't refer to running a seven-minute mile but rather to the syncopated 7/4 tempo at which Bush observed his dog lapping up water one day. From that came a tune that evolves from a laconic, summery pace into a high-stepping, hard-charging, prog-rock rhythmic juggernaut sparked by an exciting textural exchange between electric (banjo, banjo synth, mandolin) and acoustic instruments. Stimulating cross-genre pollination and surprising musical choices are the order of the day for Bush and his incomparable band (Chris Brown, drums; Scott Vestal, banjo; Keith Sewell, electric and acoustic guitars; Byron House, bass). Ranging far and wide for material, the artist blends his original numbers with interesting covers of songs by Julie Miller, John Hartford, David and Linda LaFlamme (of It's a Beautiful Day), Leon Russell, Jean-Luc Ponty, and others. Dueting with Emmylou Harris on Miller's "The River's Gonna Run" (which also features Miller's husband, Buddy, contributing atmospheric fills on acoustic and electric guitars), Bush's sturdy, unadorned singing conjures an appropriately doom-laden mood on the country-inflected ballad. A barnburning bluegrass breakdown on Charlie Monroe's "Bringing In the Georgia Mail" and a frolicsome mandolin-banjo dialogue on Bush's original "The Dolphin Dance" link the traditional with the progressive in style and sensibility. Ponty's new age hoedown, "New Country," features bowmasters Ponty and Bush in a red-hot twin fiddle set-to that, like so much of Laps in Seven, sounds old and new all at once.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/13/2006
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891401324
catalogNumber: 4013
Rank: 105093

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sam Bush   Primary Artist,Vocals,Various
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Jean-Luc Ponty   Violin
Buddy Miller   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Shaun Murphy   Vocals
Andrea Zonn   Violin,Viola,Vocals

Technical Credits

Sam Bush   Composer,Audio Production
John Hartford   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Jean-Luc Ponty   Composer
David LaFlamme   Composer
Julie Miller   Composer
Byron House   Composer
Linda LaFlamme   Composer
John Pennell   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Darrell Scott   Composer
Scott Vestal   Composer
Jeff Black   Composer
Robbie Fulks   Composer

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