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Sings Bob Wills
     

Sings Bob Wills

by Johnny Bush
 
The veteran and venerable western-swing artist Johnny Bush has as much Hank Thompson in him as he does Bob Wills, so his amiable homage to the king of western swing -- recorded at Willie Nelson's studio in the early 1990s but thrown into limbo for several years due to Nelson's

Overview

The veteran and venerable western-swing artist Johnny Bush has as much Hank Thompson in him as he does Bob Wills, so his amiable homage to the king of western swing -- recorded at Willie Nelson's studio in the early 1990s but thrown into limbo for several years due to Nelson's problems with the Internal Revenue Service -- delivers the best of both worlds: smart, vibrant Wills-style ensemble work by band and horns, sly vocal curls on the up-tempto numbers, and smooth, pop-inflected phrasing on the ballads -- both approaches redolent of Thompson's distinctive signature. The point is emphasized right off the bat when Hank shows up to help Bush kick off the album with a rollicking, horn-drenched reading of Merle Haggard's "Don't Sing Me No Songs About Texas." Willie Nelson sits in to add a tart edge to the guaranteed classic heartbreaker "Time Changes Everything," but otherwise the show belongs to Bush and his redoubtable bandmates. The musicians get in their licks on a rousing instrumental workout "Jersey Bounce," while Cindy Walker's "Warm Red Wine" is cast as a honky-tonk tearjerker, and the classic "South of the Border" is a model of bluesy swing mated to the laconic, multitextured vocal that underlines Bush's distinctive talent.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This is a repackaged version of Time Changes Everything, an album with a curious history. It represented a comeback attempt for Johnny Bush after years of vocal problems. He organized a session in which his regular band, the Bandoleros, was augmented by a horn section to record a tribute to Bob Wills and cut it at Willie Nelson's studio in the early '90s. Unfortunately, that was just when Nelson experienced his troubles with the I.R.S., which seized all the tapes at the studio, Bush's included. It took two years to free the material for release, and then it was little heard. This is a second attempt to present it. After all that trouble, it turns out to be a brief, sturdy, minor effort, a welcome celebration of Wills that begins and ends with tributes to the great Western swing bandleader, leading off with Merle Haggard's "Don't Sing Me No Songs About Texas" and closing with "Bob Said It 'Aw' (And Called It Western Swing)." In between, Wills favorites such as "Time Changes Everything" (a duet with Nelson) and "South of the Border" are revived in appropriately lively fashion. The big-voiced Bush makes a good frontman for this music, and the performances are obviously heartfelt. There are many tributes to Wills, and this is not the best one, but it is good and enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
Label:
Texas Music Group
UPC:
0049891400223
catalogNumber:
4002
Rank:
96981

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Bush   Primary Artist,Vocals
Willie Nelson   Vocals
Hank Thompson   Vocals
Harlan Kubos   Bass Guitar
Robert Gordon   Trumpet
Bob Kelly   Steel Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Weyman McBride   Electric Guitar
Martin Steitle   Drums
Jim Walton   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Johnny Bush   Arranger,Liner Notes
Cindy Walker   Composer
Eric Paul   Engineer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Paul Preston   Executive Producer
Lenny Anderson   Producer

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