Johnny Bush


Years at MusicFest: 2
Releases: Masters of the Last Century: Best of Bush, Funny How Time Slips Away (2011), Who’ll Buy My Memories (2011), Lillies White Lies (2009) Kashmere Gardens Mud: A Tribute to Houston’s Country Soul, Vol. 4 (2007), Texas on a Saturday Night (2007), Devil’s Deciple (2006), Texas State of Mind (2006), Honky Tonic (2004), Green Snakes (2001), Lost Highway Saloon (2000), Sings Bob Wills (2000), Talk to My Heart (1998), 14 Greatest Hits (1996), Time Changes Everything (1994), Live from Texas (1982), Country Masters: Johnny Bush (1982), Johnny Bush And The Bandoleros (1979), Whiskey River (1973), Here Comes the World Again (1973), Texas Dance Hall Girl (1973), Bush Country (1972), The Best of Johnny Bush (1972), Here’s Johnny Bush (1972), Johnny Bush (1970), You Gave Me A Mountain (1969), The Sound of Heartache (1968), Undo the Right (1968)

Johnny Bush, born February 17, 1935 as John Bush Shinn III, is a country music singer, songwriter, and drummer. Bush, nicknamed the “Country Caruso,” is best known for his distinctive voice and as the writer of “Whiskey River,” a top-ten hit for himself and Willie Nelson’s signature song. He is still popular in his native Texas. Born in the blue-collar neighborhood of Kashmere Gardens in Houston, Texas, Bush listened to the western swing music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys and the honky-tonk sounds of artists like Ernest Tubb, Lefty Frizzell and Hank Thompson. Thanks to a disc jockey uncle, Bush got a taste for performance. In 1952 he moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he began his solo career in area honky-tonks like the Texas Star Inn before switching to drums. It was during this period that he earned his stage name, when an announcer mistakenly introduced him as “Johnny Bush.” As a drummer he worked for bands like the Mission City Playboys, the Texas Plainsmen and the Texas Top Hands.

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