LISTEN to Johnny Bush's country classic, Whiskey River:
Texans have always gobbled up his songs like cold beer. Johnny was simpatico. When he cried out in his sterling tenor voice, it was OK for the toughest dancehall redneck to feel sorry for himself. You might say he provided a catharsis for all country fans caught in the same whirlpool he was singing from.
A baby-faced Bush, on the right, poses with two country music legends, his uncle Jerry Jericho (left), and Ernest Tubb.
Still belting that impeccable voice, at first I started to accuse him of lip-sinking. On a good day his delivery is still phenomenal. And he has more better days than he used to.
Dancing. Dancers made Bush popular. Dance was the drivng force, the motive and the market. He could always make more money in Texas singing for country dancers than he could anywhere else at mere music concerts.
Most people were buying his CD's from Johnny's wife Lynda, and well they should, but if you do not get his book, you are missing out on a TREASURY OF TEXAS MUSIC!
AND Now, Ladies and gentlemen, one of my all time favorite songs... Green Snakes On the Ceiling! Click and start dancing!