Skip to main content
Skip to main content

WKU News

Kentucky Museum receives Sam Bush mandolin for IAE exhibit

Kentucky Museum receives Sam Bush mandolin for IAE exhibit

The Kentucky Museum at WKU recently received a mandolin from musical legend Sam Bush. Known for his unique “blend of bluegrass, rock, jazz, and reggae,” Bush has graciously allowed the Museum to display his instrument as part of the Instruments of American Excellence exhibition. The Kentucky Museum has received a mandolin from musical legend Sam Bush to display as part of the Instruments of American Excellence exhibition.

The Bowling Green native helped change the direction of bluegrass music when he co-founded the Newgrass Revival in 1971. The mandolin on display was given to Bush from the Americana Music Association as a gift for the honor of Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist in 2009.

“It has been a wonderful experience for the Kentucky Museum and WKU as a whole to be able to share Bowling Green’s own Sam Bush with so many both old and new fans,” said Kentucky Museum Director Brent Bjorkman. “As the leading innovator of Newgrass music, Sam has inspired countless musicians to reach new heights blending musical genre’s at the same time he has remained steadfast to a reverence for the traditional bluegrass music born in this region. Having Sam’s mandolin here as part of the museum’s Instruments of American Excellence exhibit will help us share this Kentucky-born internationally-recognized musical story with visitors for years to come.”

Bush is a member of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, a recipient of the National Award, Governor’s Awards in the Arts (Kentucky), a four-time International Bluegrass Museum Association Mandolin Player of the Year, and co-winner of three Grammys. This month, Bush will also be recognized at the Kentucky State Capitol for receiving the Governor’s Award in the Arts, National Category.

For information about the Instruments of American Excellence exhibition now displaying the Bush mandolin, go to or to call (270) 745-2592.

Contact: Jennifer Wilson, (270) 991-7585

All News  Now Viewing Category: All
Media Relations
President Caboni News
Gordon Ford College of Business
Ogden News
Academic Affairs
WKU Regional Campuses
Glasgow News
Etown & Fort Knox
Owensboro News
The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky
The Center for Gifted Studies
Emergency Preparedness
Housing & Residence Life
Student Activities and Organizations
Augenstein Alumni Center
Campus Activities Board
The Confucius Institute
Cultural Enhancement Series
Department of Music
Department of Theatre & Dance
Development and Alumni Relations
Downing Museum
Downing Student Union
Hardin Planetarium
Health Services
Human Resources News
Instruments of American Excellence
International Student Office
Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport
Library News
Math News
Office of International Programs
Office of Research
Office of Sustainability
Parent's Association
School of Journalism & Broadcasting
Student Financial Assistance
Scholarships Student Financial Assistance
Student Employment
Student Government Association News
Student Research Council
Study Abroad
Van Meter Auditorium
WKU Educational Leadership Doctoral Program News
WKU Joint Admissions
WKU Parent and Family Weekend
Latest Headlines
7 charter members to be inducted into WKU chapter of SALUTE, national honor society for student veterans

History will be made on Nov. 29 when WKU will get its first chapter of SALUTE, a national honor society for student veterans. Seven charter members will be inducted into SALUTE at 5 p.m. in the Veterans Resource Center, 410 Tate Page Hall.

3 GIS alumni assist in post-hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico

Three alumni from WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology who work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have been assigned to Puerto Rico to assist in post-hurricane recovery efforts.

Former Police Officer Speaks to Entrepreneurship Students
Featured Articles
Former Police Officer Speaks to Entrepreneurship Students
Beta Alpha Psi Earns Superior Chapter Honors
Department Will Be Closed

The Department of Student Financial Assistance will be closed from Wednesday, Nov. 22nd through Friday, Nov. 25th. The office will reopen on Monday, Nov. 27th.

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 Last Modified 5/2/17