Born and raised in the Houston neighborhood of Kashmere Gardens, Johnny Bush is a Texan through and through. He left Houston for San Antonio at the age of 17 to pursue his passion for music. Later he headed to Nashville, where he achieved huge success with songs like Whiskey River. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder that affected his ability to speak, which took a toll on his singing career. He still continued to perform and hunt for a cure, but it wasn’t until recently that his career really saw a major revival (thanks in part to Botox injections in the muscles surrounding his vocal cords). He was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003 by his lifelong friend Willie Nelson, and his autobiography, “Whiskey River (Take My Mind): The True Story of Texas Honky Tonk” was recently released. Johnny Bush may have ventured out of Texas to pursue his dreams, but he’s still a Houstonian at heart.
The Drywater Band
Formed in 2003, the Drywater Band is one of the best local country bands in Houston. Made up of nine members, this band has played at hundreds of venues around the city, including weddings, parties and corporate events. The band includes male and female vocals, percussion, keyboards, lead guitar, pedal steel guitar, bass and horns. Drywater may be best known for their country performances, but they also play a variety of other styles, including 80s classics and top-40 hits. If you’re looking for a great band to play your next event, you’ll want to give this group a call. They can also be seen at major Houston venues including the Toyota Center, the Omni Hotel, Blackhorse Country Club and the Swingin’ Door.
Route 4 Band
Part classic country, part old-time rock ‘n roll, this four-man band is one of the best local country bands in Houston. Band members, all born and raised in Houston, include Mark Pollard on bass guitar and vocals; David Reynolds on keyboards, fiddle and vocals; Paul Murski on drums and vocals; and Robert Zientek on lead guitar and vocals. In fact, the band was named after the address of the home where Zientek was raised and still resides with his wife and kids. Between the four of them, these guys have enough talent to take them to Nashville, Austin or L.A., and yet they prefer to stick to their Texas roots. In the past, both Reynolds and Pollard have played with or opened for major names in country music, including Johnny Bush, Sawyer Brown, Dolly Parton and the Bellamy Brothers.