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Kashmere Gardens Mud [Enhanced]

Johnny BushAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 6, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Icehouse Music Inc
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. I Will Sail My Ship Alone
3. Free Soul
4. Born to Lose
5. Tequila and Teardrops
6. Pancho and Lefty
7. Family Bible
8. Jole Blon
9. Took the Stars Out of Heaven
10. These Hands
11. Send me The Pillow that You Dream On
12. Bloody Mary Morning
13. I Want a Drink of that Water
14. Kashmere Gardens Reprise

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Johnny Bush's place in the country music pantheon has been secured. Inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003 by his longtime friend Willie Nelson. Loyal fans and a new generation of honky-tonk traditionalists regard him as one of the finest country voices to come out of Texas.

Johnny Bush paid his dues from the mid-1950s on, working solo and with and longtime friend Willie Nelson in Ray Price's Cherokee Cowboys. Bush's first honky-tonk hit came in the late '60s when he was drumming for Nelson, and his star steadily rose until a 1972 stress-related vocal cord affliction wrecked his singing voice. Vocal exercises eventually allowed him to resume performing and, more recently, Botox injections brought a near-total recovery. Proving that is this career celebration, named for his boyhood in Houston's Kashmere Gardens, which inspired the opening ballad. Except for an unnecessary instrumental "reprise" of all the tracks at the end, Bush's Lone Star muse holds center stage throughout, with a zestful rendition of Moon Mullican's "I'll Sail My Ship Alone" (featuring pedal steel master Buddy Emmons) and a salute to Texas's blues heritage, "Free Soul," backed by bluesman Calvin Owens's orchestra, who beautifully frame his rendition of Ted Daffan's Texas country classic "Born to Lose." Willie assists on "Pancho and Lefty." A low-key rendition of Floyd Tillman's "They Took the Stars Out of Heaven" also features the then-88-year-old Tillman in a vocal cameo recorded soon before the honky-tonk innovator died in 2003. All in all, this album resoundingly underscores the 72-year-old Bush's achievements and his ultimate triumph. --Rich Kienzle

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic album that will be praised for years to come March 11, 2007
By joe don
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Johnny Bush is one of the top ten country singers of all time period. Now that you have gotten over the shock of that statement accept the fact that its true. There is only one Johnny Bush and if it werent for the fact that Johnnys voice in the early 70's went out on him due to a rare condition this would be commonly accepted. Johnny is back big time and this album is so fantastic I cant begin to explain. I consider myself an expert on country music and this one blasts everything out of the water that comes out of slicksville (nashville) today. This is the one to own this year buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Career Album of Bush's Career March 31, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Though Bush's commercial flame was doused by an early-70s vocal problem, his reputation remained strong. Key compositions, including "Whiskey River" and "There Stands the Glass," helped sustain Bush's legacy during his performing absence, but his presence was felt even when his songs weren't on the charts. His place in Texas honky-tonk, something he took up in the late '50s, has been referenced and quoted ever since.

Amazingly, after decades without a voice, new medical treatments have brought Bush back to the studio for this superb life retrospective. Recorded as an audio companion to an autobiography published by the University of Texas, the songs reflect on Bush's personal and musical lives, and the life of music in his native Houston. The sessions, recorded primarily at the legendary SugarHill Studio, pull together players and songs with a connection to the Bayou City, mixing new compositions with Houston linked classics.

The fifteen tracks (fourteen listed, plus a bonus reworking of Mickey Gilley's 1956 rockabilly "Ooh Wee Baby," the original of which featured Bush on drums) are woven from several strong threads. Jesse Dayton and band (of nearby Beaumont) provide the backing for a pair of songs with a Mexicali edge: Dale Watson's "Tequila and Teardrops" (with Watson on harmony vocal) and a cover of "Pancho and Lefty" featuring a duet with one of Bush's earliest musical amigos, Willie Nelson. Nelson's "Bloody Mary Morning" features great picking from guitarist Dayton and his steel player, Brian Thomas.

A second musical thread is the brass of the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra, swinging through "Free Soul" and a sophisticated arrangement of the classic "Born to Lose.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Playing Time - 51:29 -- John Bush Shinn III was born in 1935 in an "unforgiving land north of the bayou" called Kashmere Gardens in Houston, Texas. With a stained memory that still lingers in his blood, "Kashmere Gardens Mud" is the musical accompaniment to Johnny Bush's biography. The song make reference to his parents' divorce when he was just seventeen, and in 1952 he began his musical career at the Texas Star Inn in San Antonio. While the salvo written by Bush seems weak for the album's opener, it sets the stage for some grooving music that taps his honky-tonk, blues, western swing, big band, Cajun and even mariachi influences. The album shows that Bush's setbacks in life haven't slowed him down. About the time of this album's release, Johnny's autobiography ("Whiskey River (Take My Mind): The True Story of Texas Honky Tonk" co-written with Rick Mitchell) is scheduled for publication by the Univ. of Texas Press.

While Bush may not have the vocal range he used to, the album serves as a powerful "tribute to Houston's country soul" by tapping classic country standards like Moon Mulligan's "I'll Sail My Ship Alone" and Townes Van Zandt's "Pancho and Lefty" with a stellar cast of Texas musicians such Bobby Flores, Johnny Gimble, Bert Wills, Jesse Dayton, Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra, Frenchie Burke, Buddy Emmons, Brian Thomas, Floyd Domino and others. There's plenty of steel guitar and fiddle throughout, shining with luster over the rhythm foundation of guitar, bass and drums. I especially enjoyed the orchestral arrangements of "Free Soul" and "Born to Lose," both recorded at SugarHill Studios in Houston. Bobby Flores and Shane Pitsch provide a mariachi intro to Dale Watson's "Tequilla and Teardrops," that also includes Watson's vocalizing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not enough honky tonk August 14, 2007
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I love Johnny Bush and have almost all of his CDs. I hate to be negative, but this CD is way too mellow and has too much non-honkytonk/shuffle music for me. The swing/jazz stuff isn't what I want to hear. I miss the Johnny Bush of "Talk to My Heart," "Green Snakes," and especially "Lost Highway Saloon," which I consider to be Bush's masterpiece. His recent album with Justin Trevino is pretty good, but I guess that as Johnny gets older he gets more mellow.
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