Béla Fleck leads his band My Bluegrass Heart through a rapid rendition of “Whitewater” with special guests Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, and Jerry Douglas in a newly shared video from last month’s Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival.
My Bluegrass Heart gets its name from Fleck’s 2021 album, which won Best Bluegrass Album at the 2022 Grammy Awards. The band tours with two different lineups; Bush, Hull, and Douglas are all members of the band, but not the lineup that performed at the fest.
“I have almost always played and recorded my bluegrass projects with the folks from my own age and peer group ,” Fleck says on his website. “But for this new album, I wanted to open up to the fresh and powerfully evolved musicians who have come along since us, and partly because of us!”
He goes on to describe Sierra Hull as “a shockingly good player, with more than enough ability to play my admittedly angular and sometimes complex form of bluegrass.”
Of mandolinist Sam Bush, who played on Fleck’s first banjo album, Crossing The Tracks, in 1979, Fleck says, “He was a huge hero to me and quite the musical dynamo. Over the eight and a half years I played in his band New Grass Revival, I probably learned more about music than any other time in my life.” And of “dobro god” Jerry Douglas he says, “He blew me away musically, and was the one who told me I needed to come to Nashville to join up with Sam…and was he ever right. He is another hero who has become a peer.”
Watch Béla Fleck’s My Bluegrass Heart perform “Whitewater” with special guests Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, and Jerry Douglas at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival below. To view Béla Fleck’s upcoming tour dates and purchase tickets, visit his website.
Béla Fleck’s My Bluegrass Heart With Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, And Jerry Douglas – “Whitewater”
[Video: Less Than Face Productions]