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New Grass Revival was a progressive bluegrass band from 1971 to 1989. The founding members were Sam Bush (mandolin, fiddle, guitar), Courtney Johnson (banjo, guitar), Ebo Walker (Harry L. Shelor Jr.) (b. October 19, 1941) (upright bass) and Curtis Burch (guitar, Dobro), all from Louisville and western Kentucky, except Burch who was from Brunswick, Georgia. They met as members of the Bluegrass Alliance, and when Lonnie Peerce left the group with ownership of the name, they reformed as the New Grass Revival (Bush has credited Walker with coining the term, “new grass”). After the release of their first album, released untitled, and as “New Grass Revival”, “The Arrival of the New Grass Revival”, and “Today’s Bluegrass”, Walker left the band. Butch Robins briefly joined the band, but being a talented banjoist he balked at playing bass, and was replaced in 1974 by John Cowan, a bass player with a background in soul music, who also shared lead vocals with Bush.

In 1981, following a two-year tour with Leon Russell, Johnson and Burch left the group. Bush and Cowan decided to continue performing, and added New Yorker Béla Fleck and Californian Pat Flynn, a session guitarist, to the group. This lineup was stable for the remainder of the band’s existence.


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  • lannaq


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  • PurpleMuleMan

    They are sooo good.

    23 Feb 2014 Reply
  • TimFoolery

    I found New Grass Revival on Vinyl last record store day for 5.99. Clearly, they had no idea what they had.

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • vegansong

    "don't you hear Jerusalem moan" :D

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • NateLuebbe

    Only 6 shouts for a band this amazing! Not possible!!

    7 Apr 2011 Reply
  • bacitek

    I think, so this band was the best of bluegrass in their age. I like their songs, it is super!

    18 Apr 2009 Reply
  • markafly

    I went to Union Station one night during one of many trips to Nashville and it was late and they were inviting alot of people to come up and play. It was awesome, all of New Grass was playing and they were doing alot of BG standards then broke into a cover of AC/DC's Back in Black. FRIGGIN AWESOME!

    2 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Carpetbagger513

    The "classic" New Grass lineup with Sam Bush, Pat Flynn, John Cowen and Bela Fleck may the most talented quartets in recent memory.

    2 Sep 2008 Reply
  • bryantee

    What? This band needs more recognition.

    11 Jun 2008 Reply

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