Grammy Winner and 30A Regular Sam Bush On Growing Up Bluegrass

By Shelly Swanger Photography

Sam Bush, the Grammy award winning mandolin and fiddle player, sat down with 30A Radio recently to chat about how he’s been spending winters in South Walton ever since he stumbled across the area in 1985.

Sam, as he is known around 30A, grew up on a farm in Bowling Green, Kentucky, spending Friday and Saturday nights sitting around with his family listening to the Grand Ole Oprey (“just like that scene in Coal Miner’s Daughter… We did that!”) before going on to establish the New Grass movement with his band New Grass Revival. He chats about how he got started sitting in with local musicians in the area, beginning with Dread Clampitt, and how he and his wife, Lynn, won’t miss their annual getaway to 30A where they’ve made lifelong friends.

Learn more about Sam Bush and his music at There’s also a new film about his life, “Revival: The Sam Bush Story,” which debuted to much fanfare at the Nashville Film Festival last month.


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