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Johnny Bush records new CD, Willie Nelson, Ray Price help

Monday, March 24, 2008 – Texas honky tonker Johnny Bush announced plans to release a new disc, "Young at Heart," on friend Willie Nelson's label in mid-summer.

The disc by Bush, best known for writing "Whiskey River," features Nelson and Ray Price and the most current recordings by the late Calvin Owens.

"Young at Heart" is the follow-up release to his acclaimed "Kashmere Gardens Mud" (2007), which featured historic parallels between Bush's 55-year career and the east end Houston neighborhood.

Owens arranged two tracks for the album, "Whiskey River" and "Free Soul." "Whiskey River" is Calvin's last recorded arrangement. He also provided he trumpet solos on three songs.

Other guests on include arrangers Paul English, Nelson Mills (ex-Archie Bell & the Drells) and musicians Buddy Emmons (inventor of the steel guitar), Leon Rhodes (ex-Ernest Tubb) on guitar and Harry Sheppard, the vibraphonist who played with Billie Holiday.

Songs include Bush, Nelson and Price singing "Young at Heart" and Nelson and Bush duets on "September in the Rain" (Sinatra) and "Walking the Floor Over You" (Tubb). Other tracks include "That's All There is To That" (Nat King Cole), "Whiskey River" (Bush), "Soft Rain" (Price), "Will You Remember Mine (Nelson), "Summer of Roses/December Day" (Nelson), "Free Soul" (Nelson), "Worried Mind" (Ray Charles) and "You Don't Know Me" (Cindy Walker). The album is being co-produced by Bush, Nelson and Andy Bradley and will be released on Nelson's label, Pedernales Records.

CD reviews for Johnny Bush

Kashmere Gardens Mud: A Tribute to Houston's Country Soul
"Nothing good ever grew in Kashmere Gardens," poignantly pours Johnny Bush about the disheveled Houston neighborhood from his youth. "Only bitter weeds and flowers of despair," he reluctantly affirms in the autobiographical yearning of "Kashmere Gardens Mud." Ably assisted by former Houston Chronicle music writer Rick Mitchell, last year Johnny Bush authored and an autobiography. And they also collected songs typifying the Houston country tradition that gave rise to »»»
Johnny Bush is teaching a whole new generation of listeners how to respect honky-tonk songs. Here, he even lets a few play along. Independent Texas singer-songwriters Tommy Alverson, Kevin Fowler, Stephanie Urbina Jones and Matt Martindale of Cooder Graw duet with Bush. As does old friend Willie Nelson on either the umpteenth version of Bush's moneymaker "Whiskey River." Since getting voice problems under control, Bush has also recorded with Dale Watson and Cornell Hurd on their own CDs, and »»»
Green Snakes
If a common thread can be found on Johnny Bush's latest, it would be the honky-tonk numbers that bring a crowd out onto a Texas dance floor just about every time. As a result, Bush eschews original material this time out in favor of classic two-steppers like Jerry Irby's "Driving Nails (In My Coffin)," as well as excursions into Tex-Mex ("Dos Tacos"), balladry (George Strait's 1993 hit "When Did You Stop Loving Me"), Texas shuffles (Ray Price's "I Wish That I Could Fall In Love Today") and even a »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Womack planned a good night – Lee Ann Womack pretty much summed up where she's at these days in concluding her show with Don Williams "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good." The ever-strong voiced country traditionalist sang, "I don't need fortune and I don't need fame" with the concluding line of the stanza asking the Man upstairs to "plan a good day for me.... »»»
Concert Review: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
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