Johnny Bush w/Special Guest Marty Haggard*
Johnny Bush & Marty Haggard- 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.
Marty was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. Of course, everyone knows his Dad, Merle Haggard, who Marty considers "the best country singer/songwriter ever". Marty was privileged to be a part of his Dad's career and having the opportunity to meet many of the country greats as well as other celebrities and dignitaries. Unfortunately Marty's Dad passed away April 6, 2016 on his 79th birthday. He will be greatly missed by all.
In 1979, Marty began touring with his own band, then in 1981 signed with Dimension Records. From 1983 to 1985 he travelled with his Dad, singing harmony and playing guitar. In 1986, he signed with MTM Records and released Trains Make Me Lonesome, a song which garnered him a nomination as best new male vocalist. In 1995, Marty signed with Critique/BMG.