Lost Highway Saloon

Lost Highway Saloon

by Johnny Bush
     
 

An ongoing bout with spastic dysphonia, a disorder that wreaks havoc on the vocal cords, hasn't diminished Texas honky-tonk legend Johnny Bush's ability to sell a song. Even if he can't leap octaves as he once did, Bush remains one of the finest traditional country singers around, a fact he proves again and again on Lost Highway Saloon. "Wish I'd Seen YourSee more details below

Overview

An ongoing bout with spastic dysphonia, a disorder that wreaks havoc on the vocal cords, hasn't diminished Texas honky-tonk legend Johnny Bush's ability to sell a song. Even if he can't leap octaves as he once did, Bush remains one of the finest traditional country singers around, a fact he proves again and again on Lost Highway Saloon. "Wish I'd Seen Your Going Coming" finds the band (including legendary country sidemen Bobby Emmons on steel guitar and Hargus "Pig" Robbins on piano) laying down a wistful rhythm as Bush evokes the heartbreak of a man whose love blinded him to his partner's faithlessness. The honky-tonk heartbreaker "The Wall" gets some added juice from a searing vocal guest shot by Leona Williams, whose voice blends beautifully with Bush's to lay on the ache. Kate McCarthy joins Bush for a lusty, blues-drenched version of Bush's low-down reading of "I'll Never Be Free," originally a 1951 hit for Tennessee Ernie Ford and Kay Starr. When all else fails, the swinging "Home to Texas" is Bush's humorous prescription for healing.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
At age 65, a rejuvenated Johnny Bush continues to purvey styles of country music that had begun to go out of fashion before he was 25. He begins with "The Same Ole Me" (aka "The Same Old Me"), which was a number one country hit for Ray Price in 1959, and which he no doubt played as part of Price's backup band in the early '60s. Going even further back, there is a version of the 1950 hit "I'll Never Be Free," originally sung as a duet by Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford, here performed by Bush with Leona Williams. (Just to reiterate the point, there is a second version of the song included as a hidden track, complete with scratchy sound as if transferred from an old single.) Bush isn't always reviving 1950s chestnuts, but his choices among more recent material reflect his vintage sensibilities, notably on the title song, a ghost story in which a man travels back to a barroom where Hank Williams and Bob Wills are holding forth on the bandstand. In the past or the present, Bush never gets too far away from a bar, and the songs are drenched in alcohol and tears, though they often proceed at a danceable pace. Despite the vocal problems of the past, Bush is in good voice here, especially for his years, and anyone with a taste for old-time honky tonk country is advised to have a listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
Label:
Texas Music Group
UPC:
0049891400124
catalogNumber:
4001
Rank:
85874

Tracks

  1. The Same Old Me  - Duane Wavra
  2. When It's Your Turn to Fall  - Jerrad Green
  3. Wish I'd Seen Your Going Coming  - Hargus Robins
  4. Maybe, Maybe Not  - Allen Chapman
  5. The Wall  - Martin Steitle
  6. You've Got 'Til Sundown  - Jerrad Green
  7. Lost Highway Saloon  - Jerrad Green
  8. Hands Can a Say Lot Beneath the Table  - Junior Usky
  9. They're Hanging Me Tonight  - Jerrad Green
  10. I'll Never Be Free  - Kate McCarthy
  11. Home to Texas  - Martin Steitle
  12. Pride Goes Before a Fall  - Martin Steitle
  13. So This Is the Fall (That Pride Goes Before)  - Martin Stietle
  14. Wine into Water  - Martin Steitle

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Bush   Primary Artist,Drums,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Buddy Caldwell   Guitar
George Chambers   Rhythm Guitar
Gene Chrisman   Drums
Floyd Domino   Piano
Duke Dumas   Bass
Bobby Emmons   Track Performer
Bunky Keels   Piano
Dave Kirby   Electric Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Kenny Sears   Fiddle
Herb Steiner   Steel Guitar
Pete Wade   Electric Guitar,6-string bass
Leona Williams   Vocals
Tommy Hill   Rhythm Guitar
Larrie Londin   Drums
Bobby Flores   Fiddle,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Tommy Detamore   Steel Guitar
Randy Reinhart   Piano
Justin Trevino   Bass
Bobby Caldwell   Track Performer
Domino   Track Performer
fiddle Flores   Track Performer
Ma Steitle   Track Performer
Duane Wavra   Track Performer
Sandra Carroll   Track Performer
Cham   Track Performer
Chambers   Track Performer
Chapman   Track Performer
Kate McCarthy   Track Performer
Martin Steitle   Track Performer
Martin Stietle   Track Performer
Junior Usky   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Johnny Bush   Producer
Clay Baker   Composer
Jimmy Johnson   Composer
Tommy Hill   Producer
Bill Green   Engineer
Low   Composer
Doodle Owens   Composer

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >