JOHNNY BUSH

Join us for the Thanksgiving Day debut of "The Reason & The Rhyme", written by Bandolero, Weyman McBride, with Paula Nelson on vocals and the one and only JOHNNY BUSH on drums! Johnny knew Paula her entire life and really loved the work she did on this recording.  He was excited to play on it!

Friends, this was Johnny’s last recording session. Be sure to join us at 11:00 AM Central time on Thanksgiving Day on SiriusXM, Willie’s Roadhouse. Musicians include Bandoleros Weyman McBride on guitar, Lynn Daniel on upright bass, T Jarrod Bonta on piano, and Johnny Bush on drums. The Paula Nelson Band brings Landis Armstrong on guitar

The LIFE

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"If I wasn't getting paid for this, I'd be doing it anyway. It's what I do."

"Retire from what? Breathing? People only retire from jobs they hate.
Performing is not a job. It's what I do."

The STORY

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With his early musical associations with both Willie Nelson and Ray Price, singer-songwriter John Bush Shinn III was a minor but significant figure in 1960s and 1970s Texas honky-tonk. Bush's most enduring claim to fame is the song "Whiskey River," which he wrote and had a Top Twenty country hit with in 1972.

With a vocal style hauntingly—perhaps damningly—reminiscent of Ray Price, Bush enjoyed minor chart success between 1969 and 1981 on Stop Records and RCA Records, as well as various independent labels. But his career was

more than once hampered by a severe neurological condition that affected his voice . . .

The entry, written by veteran country music critic Bob Allen, goes on to mention Bush's early years playing nightclubs around Houston and San Antonio, his apprenticeships in nationally touring bands led by Nelson and Price, his Top 10 solo hits "Undo the Right" and "You Gave Me a Mountain," and Nelson's subsequent adoption of "Whiskey River" as an in-concert theme song. The brief entry concludes by noting Bush's 1998 "comeback"

album, Talk to My Heart.

All true, and fair enough as far as it goes. So why is a "minor figure" in country music such as Johnny Bush writing his own book?

The first response to that question is for me to suggest that you read the book. As told in Bush's colorful—at times, extremely colorful—first-person narrative, the work provides its own best artistic justification. Bush proves himself to be as masterful at telling a story as he is at singing and songwriting.