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At the age of 70, American bluegrass musician Sam Bush releases a tribute to his idol, longtime friend and colleague and 2001 deceased John Hartford. With the exception of the last track, he played all instruments (acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, electric bass, fiddle) himself. He shows his great class as a musician throughout and creates an organic, rousing interpretation of Hartford's classics even without a band, no matter if it's instrumentals like "Down" or "John McLaughlin" or vocal pieces where he also proves his qualities as a vocalist. "Radio John" is a rousing album of masterfully interpreted bluegrass classics, among which the final Bush-penned title track, "Radio John," effortlessly joins the ranks. The album has the potential to find fans outside the bluegrass community. Daniel Dinkel
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