Sam Bush to Perform at Free ORNL FCU Concert this Saturday, July 8 in Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, TN – Progressive bluegrass musician Sam Bush will headline ORNL Federal Credit Union’s (ORNL FCU) second Summer Sessions concert in Oak Ridge this Saturday, July 8 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the amphitheater in Bissell Park, 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike. The concert is FREE to the public.

Hailing from Bowling Green, Kentucky, Bush is not your traditional bluegrass musician. Popularly known as the King of New Grass, he bought his first mandolin at the age of 11 and by the time he was a teenager, he was a champion fiddler. Bush knew early on that traditional country or bluegrass was not the music he wanted to play. He incorporates a variety of genres into his songs and his style is sometimes shunned by traditionalists but welcomed by “long-hairs and hippies.” After playing for over 25 years in various bands, Bush went solo in the mid-90s and has released several albums since. In 2009, he was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist by the Americana Music Association.

North Carolina-based Yarn will open for Bush. The Grammy-nominated and bluegrass-inspired band formed in 2006 in Brooklyn, New York. Led by vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Blake Christiana, the band brings a different energy to each show and audiences never know what they’re going to get. Thanks in part to the hundreds of shows Yarn does each year, the band has developed a cult following commonly referred to as “the Yarmy.”

The community is invited to bring their lawn chairs and join their friends and family for an evening of free Americana roots music. Local food truck vendors will also be on-site serving delicious treats and drinks. Stay informed about performances and weather-related cancellations by following us on our Facebook page or visiting

The final Summer Sessions concert will be held on Saturday, August 12 at 4 PM. It will feature FERD, The Tillers, Hogslop String Band, and Sierra Hull.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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