Forty-eight years ago, a new band was born and throughout its development would play a major role in creating progressive bluegrass. During the early years, New Grass Revival gravitated toward a traditional bluegrass style. In , the group experienced its first major evolutionary twist when electric bass player John Cowan was added and brought with him not only the first electric based instrument, but also his background and influence of rock-n-roll. The band continued with this arrangement of talent while producing five studio albums and one live album until Through this decade of transformation, the group produced an additional four studio albums and one live album. When it appeared as though New Grass Revival was at its peak, Bush made the decision to separate himself and form his own group which ultimately led to the breakup of the band.
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Monday should have been a lifetime highlight for John Cowan and other members of the New Grass Revival as they videotaped remarks that will be played next month when the seminal band is inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Instead, Cowan said he felt like he was mourning. They came to our shows, they bought our music. Another member of the band, Pat Flynn, used some of his induction remarks, pre-recorded Monday for the virtual awards show in October, to criticize the no-reunion decision. He said, according to three people who were present for the taping at the Ryman, that those remarks would probably be edited out of the show.
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For the Record …. It [is] as old and poignant as sepia photographs The band formed in , essentially by splitting en masse from a group called the Bluegrass Alliance.
Virtuoso instrumental insurgents, the NGR brought the counterculture into bluegrass festivals during the '70s, and altered the music forever with daring, extended, jazz-influenced jams. Over two decades the band went through various line-up changes, and this generous single-disc retrospective concentrates on the classic '80s unit, featuring founder Sam Bush on fiddle and mandolin, John Cowan on bass and vocals, Bela Fleck on banjo, and Pat Flynn on guitar and vocals. The song selection itself tells much about the band: Standards give way to originals from Flynn and producer Wendy Waldman, as well as John Hiatt and the Beatles "I'm Down". Skip to main content. Used: Good Details. Sold by HPB-Ruby. Condition: Used: Good.