Members of Sam Bush Band, from left, Stephen Mougin, Todd Parks and Bush, on stage at Jefferson Center | Joel Hawksley, The Roanoke Times
Tonight at Jefferson Center, it was a little more acceptable for folks to get kind of rowdy. After all, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas were playing with full bands doing newgrass and jazzy repertoires — an altogether different deal than the Chris Thile show that two blowhard nearly ruined last month.
Bush, however, is way better at shutting down a moron than was Thile. And he was able to do it with a Taylor Swift story.
First, a bit of background: On Wednesday, Swift performed her song, “Red,” on the Country Music Association Awards. Along with her were Bush, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Edgar Meyer and Eric Darken. Bush, on mandolin, sat right next to swift.
Early in Bush’s set at Jefferson Center the very next night, an audience member heckled him as Bush tuned his mandolin.
“What, you think I’m just a guy who sits next to Taylor Swift?” Bush said, to laughs.
He said that he told Swift, “If you played bluegrass music, your name would be Tater Swift.”
Much later in the set, another fool holler out to Bush, “Fix me a drink.” Now, I don’t know if that’s some insider reference that I didn’t get, but Bush was ready immediately.
“I believe you’ve had enough,” Bush said.
Look for the concert review in tomorrow’s roanoke.com or in the deadwood edition.