Whiskey River (Take My Mind): The True Story of Texas Honky-Tonk

Whiskey River (Take My Mind): The True Story of Texas Honky-Tonk

Johnny Bush

When it involves Texas honky-tonk, no one understands the tune or the scene greater than Johnny Bush. writer of Willie Nelson's vintage live performance anthem "Whiskey River," and singer of hits similar to "You Gave Me a Mountain," "Undo the Right," "Jim, Jack and Rose," and "I'll Be There," Johnny Bush is a legend in nation tune, a singer-songwriter who has lived the cheatin', hurtin', hard-drinkin' lifestyles and recorded one of the most heart-wrenching songs approximately it. He has one of many purest honky-tonk voices ever to come back out of Texas. And Bush's profession has been simply as dramatic as his songs—on the verge of accomplishing superstardom within the early Seventies, he was once sidelined via a unprecedented vocal illness that he combated for thirty years. yet, survivor that he's, Bush is once more filling dance halls throughout Texas and encouraging a brand new new release of musicians who crave the authenticity—the "pure D" country—that Johnny Bush has continuously had and that Nashville state song has lost.

In Whiskey River (Take My Mind), Johnny Bush tells the dual tales of his existence and of Texas honky-tonk song. He remembers transforming into up terrible in Houston's Kashmere Gardens local and studying his chops in honky-tonks round Houston and San Antonio—places the place chook twine safe the bandstand and lethal fights broke out on a regular basis. Bush vividly describes existence at the highway within the Nineteen Sixties as a band member for Ray cost and Willie Nelson, together with the booze, medicinal drugs, and one-night stands that fueled his songs yet destroyed his first 3 marriages. He recalls the time within the early Seventies whilst he was once warmer than Willie and at the quick music to superstardom—until spasmodic dysphonia compelled his occupation into the sluggish lane. Bush describes his agonizing, yet finally winning fight to maintain appearing and rebuild his fan base, in addition to the hard-won happiness he has present in his own life.

Woven all through Bush's autobiography is the never-before-told tale of Texas honky-tonk tune, from Bob Wills and Floyd Tillman to Junior Brown and Pat eco-friendly. Johnny Bush has identified just about all the good musicians, previous and current, and he has excellent tales to inform. Likewise, he deals sensible observations on how the tune company has replaced seeing that he begun appearing within the 1950s—and pulls no punches in announcing how Nashville track has misplaced its state soul. for everybody who loves real kingdom track, Johnny Bush, Willie Nelson, and tales of triumph opposed to all odds, Whiskey River (Take My Mind) is a must-read.

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