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TEXAS STATE of MIND

Johnny Bush

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Legend has it that singer and guitarist Johnny Bush couldn't get a record deal in the early days because he sounded too much like his boss at the time, Ray Price. Sadly, Ray Price stopped sounding like Ray Price around the time of big orchestral pop hits like "For the Good Times," but Bush has kept his honky tonk roots at the forefront of a long and productive career. Texas State of Mind is the Houston native's umpteenth album, and it's filled with teary ballads like "Has It Been That Bad for You?" and good-hearted shuffles like "I Can't See Texas from Here." The arrangements are timeless country, free of Nashville meddling and pop crossover attempts, so the songs are filled with quicksilver fiddle runs, steel guitar solos, and good old-fashioned tack piano, and Bush is in typically fine voice throughout. Often, it's a mild insult to say that an album just offers more of the same, but in this case, it's the highest recommendation.

Biography

Born: 17 February 1935 in Houston, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Singer/songwriter/drummer Johnny Bush, born John Bush Shinn III in Houston, began his country career as a vocalist and guitar player in 1952 at the Texas Star Inn in San Antonio. Eventually he switched to drums and in the early '60s began working in Willie Nelson's band, the Record Men. A year later, he joined Ray Price's Cherokee Cowboys. During his three years with the band, Bush tried to cut a record deal, but the labels felt he sounded too much like Price to be marketable. Nelson stepped in and...
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