Sam Bush to receive KY Governor’s Award

Sam Bush at FloydFest 11 - photo © 2012 G. Milo FarineauThere aren’t too many awards left for Sam Bush to win. His long career in bluegrass and acoustic music has brought him accolades from the Grammies, the Americana Music Association, and the International Bluegrass Music Association, not to mention the fiddle convention trophies he picked up as a young man.

Today it has been announced that Sam will also be the recipient of a 2015 Governor’s Awards in the Arts from Kentucky Governor, Steve Beshear. Nine different awards will be distributed this year, with Sam taking the National Award for Kentuckians whose achievements are felt beyond the borders of the Commonwealth.

Bush was born in Bowling Green, and raised in Kentucky, making Louisville his home as a young adult, during which time he was a co-founder of the New Grass Revival. Though eventually moving to Nashville, he remains a Kentucky boy at heart.

The Governor’s Awards have been distributed annually for the past 50 years, managed by the Kentucky Arts Council with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts.

No date has yet been set for the 2015 Awards Show.

Congratulations to Sam and all the other winners.

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