Johnny Bush kicks off 2016 Charity Concert Series

Country music legend Johnny Bush will kick off the 8th Annual Charity Concert Series with a Jan. 14 performance at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. The series benefits Bluebonnet Youth Ranch, the Victoria Lions Club and the Welder Center.

Bush, nicknamed the “Country Caruso,” is best known for his distinctive voice and as the writer of “Whiskey River,” a top-ten hit for himself and Willie Nelson’s signature song.

Opening for Bush is Dallas Wayne, an Austin, Texas-based singer, songwriter, voiceover artist and on-air radio personality for satellite radio’s honky-tonk channel “Willie’s Roadhouse.”

Bush became an early devotee of the Western Swing music and the honky-tonk sounds and was only 17 when he moved to San Antonio to pursue his passion. He was a natural performer with a soulful sense of time and meter, a unique gift that led him to the drums and a series of gigs on the dancehall circuit with several groups.

When he joined Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys in 1963, along with a brash young kid named Willie Nelson, Bush became the timepiece for the honky-tonk dream team. He kept his finger on the rhythm of the road by playing in Willie Nelson’s group, the Record Men, which in turn led to his first single recording, “Sound of a Heartache.” A series of regional hits followed, including “You Gave Me a Mountain” and “I’ll Be There.” In 1972 Bush released the hit single “Whiskey River.” He was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003.

The Charity Concert Series is held at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. in downtown Victoria. The series will continue on May 5 with Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame members Mac Davis and Allen Shamblin and will conclude Aug. 11 with Texas native Tracy Byrd.

Season packages are on sale now through Jan. 14 for $90 per person at the Welder Center Box Office and online at Individual tickets are on sale for $40. Concert-goers are encouraged to purchase tickets early as tickets for all performances are limited.

For more information about the Annual Charity Concert Series, contact the management office at the Welder Center at (361) 582-2436 or email

Published: Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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