Sam Bush to take stage at WCU Sept. 28

Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 27, for a pre-Mountain Heritage Day performance at Western Carolina University by acoustic music virtuoso Sam Bush.

Bush and his band will take center stage at WCU’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center in a show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Known as the “King of Newgrass” from his 18 years of leading the legendary group New Grass Revival, Bush has extended the boundaries of acoustic music in a career spanning more than three decades.

His current band, composed of some of Nashville’s most in-demand studio musicians, includes guitarist Stephen Mougin, bassist Byron House, drummer Chris Brown and banjoist Scott Vestal. Besides leading his own band, Bush also has spent the past 15 years as a sideman for artists such as Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett.

Bush’s most recent recordings include the live DVD “On the Road,” which became available Aug. 14, and a CD, “Laps in Seven,” released last year.

Asheville-based bluegrass band Buncombe Turnpike will open the Sept. 28 show.

Tickets, at $18 (arena) and $23 (floor), may be purchased by calling the Ramsey Center box office at (828) 227-7722, toll-free (866) 928-3378, or by clicking on the Web at

Mountain Heritage Day, WCU’s annual celebration of traditional mountain culture, will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, on fields around the university’s Camp Building. For more information about the festival, call (828) 227-3193 or click on