Texas Country Music Hall of Famer Johnny Bush will headline the Marble Falls Opry on Saturday, November 17 at the Uptown Theater in Marble Falls. Joining Bush, will be the “Blackland Farmer” Frankie Miller. Tickets are on sale at the Uptown Theater or the Heart of Texas Records office at (325) 597-1895. The show will begin at 7:30 PM and admission is $20.00.
Johnny Bush began his career as a member of Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys. He then joined Willie Nelson as a drummer and member of his Record Men. Bush and Nelson remained close and would aid each other with a hit song.
His recording career began to take off in the late 1960’s with songs like “My Cup Runneth Over” “There Stands The Glass” “Undo The Right” “Green Snakes On The Ceiling” “My Joy” and “You Gave Me A Mountian.” He received the Most Promising New Artist from Record World in 1968 and 1969. Music City News named Bush the Most Promising Male Vocalist in 1970. The credits continued to come in 1970 as BMI chose Bush for their BMI Songwriter Achievement Award.
Bush rose to fame throughout the country music industry with his recording of “Whiskey River” in 1973. The Library of Congress now recognizes the song as one of the all time Top 20 country music standards. The song has also earned Bush a BMI Million-Air Award.
The National Council of Communicative Disorders and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association honored Bush with their 2001 Annie Glenn Award at the 20th Anniversary Communication Awards at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. The Annie Glenn Award, first presented to James Earl Jones, is presented annually to an individual who has had a communication disorder and through his success, serves as an inspiration to others. Other recipients of the Annie Glenn Award have been Sen. John Glenn, President Bill Clinton, Jenny Craig, Sen. Bob Dole and Mark Herndon of Alabama.
In August of 2003, Bush was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. The award was presented to Bush for his major contributions to Texas Country Music in the annual ceremony in Carthage, Texas. Willie Nelson inducted Bush into the Hall of Fame along with Kris Kristofferson and Lefty Frizzell.
The University of Texas Press released Bush’s biography “Whiskey River Take My Mind” covering his entire life and career from Houston, Texas, to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Willie Nelson wrote the introduction for the book.
Bush has most recently recorded some projects for Heart of Texas Records including “Lillies White Lies” “Texas Legends” with Johnny Rodriguez and his latest “Who’ll Buy My Memories?”
“I am so excited to be back at the Marble Falls Country Opry ,” Bush said. “We need venues like the Marble Falls Opry for fans to come out and listen to our music. Most importantly, we need people to keep supporting these shows.”
Frankie Miller was born in Victoria, Texas and made his first records in 1951. After the Korean War, Miller returned with a Bronze star and signed with Columbia Records in 1954. He also joined the “Cowtown Hoedown” in Ft. Worth. Don Pierce, owner of Starday Records, persuaded Miller to move to his label in 1959. Miller wrote and recorded “Black Land Farmer”. It landed in the Top Five and earned Miller a Grammy Award. Miller was honored with Cashbox’s Most Promising Country Artist for 1960. He joined the Louisiana Hayride and made frequent appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. Several other hits followed including “Family Man” which reached number 7 in October 1959, “Baby Rocked Her Dolly,” “A Little South of Memphis,” “Too Hot To Handle,” “Poppin Johnny” and “Loosing By A Hair.”
Other entertainers on the show will include Benny Fred Kothmann, Charlie Walton, Bode Barker, Sammy Geistweidt and Shane Lively. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.
“We are certainly excited to have Johnny Bush back in our 2012 season,” Tracy Pitcox said. “Johnny has been very dedicated to our work and delivers one of the finest shows in Country Music.”
For more information about the Heart of Texas Country Music Association, check out the website: www.heartoftexascountry.com.