Weather & Bone
Raised in the middle of a cotton field. Listened to a lot of hymns and Hank Williams early on. Later, Bob Dylan, my favorite. Other influences include John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Kris Kristofferson, Warren Zevon, The Band, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, the Tao Te Ching, bluegrass, wild rivers, wilderness, fireflies, clouds, stones, birds, breath and silence. Been writing one thing or another since age 12, beginning with science fiction and continuing into poetry and songs. I write songs and poems for the adventure of finding out where they will take me. A believer in the mysterious muse. The songs that come straight from the muse are the ones that are gifts, and they are the best. They are true museic. I have hope our species will survive civilization and eventually reconnect. Reviews and Comments on Jim's first CD, "Love Time & Distance'--- "For those of you who miss Townes Van Zandt, let me introduce Jim Bush. Familiar phrasing and delivery, yes, but there are two distinct and powerful differences that make Jim Bush a troubadour for our times. First, he leans a little more toward the country and the occasional bluegrass feel, which wasn't really Townes' thing, and second, his lyrics, while containing some vagueness, get quite to the point, painting succinct pictures in the mind. If you've read any of my hundreds of reviews, you'll know that I don't typically like making these types of comparisons. However, I think Jim Bush and Townes once shook hands and a bit of each other spilled into the other, edifying and enhancing each. Bush is not the Van Zandt incarnate, actually far from it, but rather stands on his own as one of the great songwriters of our time. Bush's 2003 release, "LOVE, TIME & DISTANCE," contains twelve such offerings, including the soon-to-be classic "Sixes" which tells the story of a dice game gone bad. "Ouachita "Rain" is one of the most moving songs I've heard from this genre, and "Till I See Marie" might be the best train song-turned-love song ever written. My advice to all performers out there is to cover a Jim Bush tune. (Please pay him for it) To music fans of Townes, Blaze, Fromholz, Bell (Wrecks or Vince) and new fans of JT Van Zandt... here's your next purchase. -Lucky Boyd, My Texas Music "They're great songs. Well written, and it's a great CD." -Ray Wylie Hubbard, during his radio program interview with Jim on KNBT, New Braunfels "I was just knocked out by his songs." -John Inmon, guitar legend of Lost Gonzo fame, and producer of Jim's 'Love, Time & Distance' CD "...reminds me of John Prine, Warren Zevon, and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Music like that. Lyrics always insightful and sometimes elegiac, often witty but seriously thought provoking." -Marquetta Herring, Lone Star Web station, Kitchen News "Bush can sound startlingly like Townes Van Zandt on his debut CD, "Love, Time & Distance," somewhere between TVZ's silly jokes and the depression." -Tom Geddie, review in "Buddy" magazine "Jim is one of the most creative songwriters we have ever met. After hearing him play, it is guaranteed you will be walking around singing his songs to yourself. His songs are full of real life and humor, and just plain good." David and Lois Byboth, hosts of Texas Nights North House Concerts "We were just blown away at the range and depth of his music. The CD captures Jim at his very best. Takes the listener on a ride with the stories he tells through his songs. He paints the picture in your mind and you can identify with every song." -David Ross and Carey Dean, DJs, review in their music column, Corsicana Daily Sun "LOVE the album. Great sound, great songs." -Bill Oliver, singer/songwriter, environmental troubadour "One of the most extraordinary and prolific songwriters we've had the pleasure to know. We're overjoyed to have had the opportunity to perform with him, and to record some of his songs as well. His first 'official' CD, produced by John Inmon, is a wonderful musical experience, and a sign of more great things to come." -Chip and Jonna Woodburn, Texas singer/songwriters "Jim hails from Waxahachie and is one of the most impressive songwriters you have never heard of and I am serious when I say that. His songs are rooted in his love of the outdoors and nature and will blow you away with the imagery he conjures up." -Nacogdoches Red, host of The Pine Knot Music Co-Op concert series.