All too often we see stars in the music world that have been seemingly plucked out of obscurity and placed lovingly in the fabled catbird seat.
I'm talking about the American Idols, the Britney Spears, and the other folks that rely more on looks and luck than actual talent. Just so you know, there are indeed still people out there who work hard and stick to their dreams through thick and thin, hoping for that one big break.
One of the latest examples of that type of entertainer has roots right here in the Lowcountry.
Those who know Eddie Bush will tell you that his guitar isn't simply an instrument that he plays, but rather an extension of his own body.
I doubt even Bush's immediate family can remember a time when he wasn't picking out a song on a guitar.
In the '90s the Eddie Bush Group was one of this town's most in demand acts, and Bush got a chance to open for the likes of Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar and .38 Special. He also gained notoriety after September 11, 2001, when that day's events led him to write and record "Spirit of America," which received national airplay in the months that followed.
For those that wondered what Bush has been up to lately, well, that's where we get to the part of the story where it is demonstrated that hard work and perseverance do indeed pay off.
After playing some shows in Nashville, Tenn., a couple of years back, Bush hooked up with fellow songwriters Royal Reed and Chris Roberts. Reed and Roberts had been tossing around the idea of a vocal trio in the same vein as Crosby, Stills & Nash. The duo had already started collaborating with legendary songwriter Marcus Hummon, who had penned No. 1 hits for the likes of The Dixie Chicks and Rascal Flatts.
Sensing some magic happening, Reed and Roberts began to search for a third voice to complete their vision. No one seemed like the right fit, until Eddie Bush showed up. Once the final piece of the puzzle was in place, the guys became the group One Flew South, eventually landed a recording and publishing deal, and commenced recording the trio's debut CD.
The resulting collection of songs, titled "Last of the Good Guys," hit store shelves Tuesday. The album captures not only the harmony styling reminiscent of CS&N, but also those of other harmonious classic rock acts, including The Eagles and Kansas.
Songs such as "My Kind of Beautiful" and the CD's title track feature vocal interplay that reminds one of Don Henley and Glenn Frey, while later tracks such as "Makin' It Rain," "Junkie" and "Life" lean more toward the sweet three-part harmony of CS&N.
Two of the CD's best tracks, "She's a Gift" and "Sara," are co-written by Bush. "She's a Gift" is particularly easy on the ears, with a chorus that was made for radio play, and a sound that is not unlike that of another recent three-part harmony group, The Thorns, which featured Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge and Shawn Mullins.
The CD further benefits from the input of veteran songwriter J.D. Souther, who has co-written hits for The Eagles such as "Heartache Tonight" and "Best of My Love."
If that doesn't have any country rock fan out there chomping at the bit to hear the results, then something is terribly wrong.
Released on the Decca label, "Last of the Good Guys" looks and sounds as if the project had some time, money and thought put into it, and with any hope a push by the record company could lead to the elusive fame that Bush, Reed and Roberts have been pursuing for quite some time.
For Bush, it will be the culmination of years of keeping his eye on the musical prize. Somehow, that just seems more exciting and fulfilling than singing in front of Paula Abdul for a few weeks for the chance to "break into" the music business.
Contact Devin Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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