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Jim Bush
©2011 Independently released

Review by Lucky Boyd


Okay, I’ll get it out of the way.  Listening to Jim Bush reminds me of Townes Van Zandt.  There, I won’t mention it again.  The latest offering from Bush comes eight years after his LTD album on which he established himself as a formidable singer/songwriter.  With this release, Bush continues down a well-written path with a collection of tunes that are fun, insightful, poignant, and emotional.  On my first listen through the project, I settled on “Cherokee County Line” as my favorite cut.  It’s upbeat and lively with a wonderful theme.  On my second listen through, I began to take notice of the outstanding imagery in songs like “The Wolf Next Door” which is a very entertaining tune with an amusingly cryptic ending.  “Wildcat Road” shows that Bush has a bit of a jazzy side and features fellow MTM member Jonna Woodburn on harmony vocals as does “Hey I Love You.”  The disc is a comfortable listen throughout.  It’s the kind of disc you can put on and just let it play.  Hearing the smooth flow of the tracks reminds me of something that might be playing in the background at The Old Quarter Acoustic Café as the crowd files in for a Friday night performance.  Jim Bush has put this album together as a chronicle of his talent and a preservation for all time of the passion he inserts into his music.  Lacking the slickness of a cash cow release [a disc that is more about making money than making good music; i.e. most of Nashville’s recent productions] this artistic release is a good reminder to songwriters of why they write in the first place.  Bush’s stories are well conceived and his delivery is solid.  I think one of the best features of the album is that it is a recording of exactly what you would hear if you went to a live show with this set of pickers.  There are no fancy overdubs or electronic processors; no auto-tune or fake reverb here.  The instrumentation is well suited to each lyric and the dynamics of the album are gainly and emotive.  Any self-respecting Texas music fan with a flair for the real deal will want this album in their collection.  

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