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“Well it’s hard to stop a train when it really gets goin’ When it’s all downhill and the steam is up and blowin Makes a deafening sound, and you can’t turn it around …Here’s the thing; it’s hard to stop a train.”
In a way, the chorus of Eddie Bush’s new single, “It’s Hard To Stop A Train,” describes the dynamic career momentum of this talented singer, songwriter and guitarist. Playing guitar practically since he could walk, Eddie was also inspired by a passionate love of artists like Glen Campbell, Elvis, The Beatles and The Osmond Brothers to develop his natural singing talent. He’d formed his first band before he hit Junior High and was playing club dates as lead guitarist and singer with his own original rock bands by age sixteen. Eddie has continued to build a strong following as an in-demand live performer known for his eclectic set lists, charismatic stage presence and virtuoso guitar licks. “Once I decided that music would be my career,” Eddie recalls, “I was completely dedicated to becoming a great guitar player.”
Oddly enough, it was the guidance of Eddie’s guitar-slinging country idols that led him to focus on his vocal abilities and gift for compelling song craft, a move that steered him away from straight up rock and directly into the country realm. Eddie’s ambitious, self-titled debut album presents a tight collection of thirteen songs that fit comfortably into the country pocket while drawing from classic rock and pop sensibilities that have inspired him since childhood. “When folks first hear a song like “Call Me Lucky,” it’s easy to assume the record will sound like Keith Urban,” Eddie offers, “but when you actually listen to the variety of songs, it goes beyond that. For years, fans told me I had so much more to offer than just going down the road of being a gunslinger. I started taking these comments seriously, really listening to what’s going on in country and experimenting with sounds. There’s so much room to move within country music right now that I feel my trip into the country world basically fell into place at the right time.”
Eddie Bush was born in Indiana but has called Charleston, South Carolina his home since early childhood. He was introduced to the guitar at age four and it was love at first sight. By twelve Eddie discovered the larger-than-life theatrics of Kiss and, as he remembers, “I knew there was absolutely no question I would have my own band. Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen really helped me develop my playing style and for several years, it was all about guitar for me.” A major moment on Eddie’s career evolution happened when he discovered Texas guitarist Eric Johnson. “I saw Eric play here in town and was absolutely blown away,” he says. “I started learning about him and getting into his playing.” Unbeknownst to Eddie, Eric was also a fan of his. “Eric’s manager contacted me and asked if I would open some shows for him doing an acoustic set. Eric felt that I had such a good singing voice and talent as a songwriter that the flashy guitar playing was pigeonholing me. With Eric’s guidance, I started paying attention to my singing and the fact that I’d developed into a serious songwriter-- things I’d been taking completely for granted. He took me out on the road with him where I played House of Blues venues doing solo acoustic sets in front of 1800 guitar fanatics each night. That success really opened my eyes that I had more to bring to the table.” The decision to shift directions jelled further when Eddie had the opportunity to open for Keith Urban, another gunslinger who’d successfully merged rock guitar stylings with country music.
“When I saw Keith play for the first time, I realized he was doing the exact same thing I’d been doing for years and it made a lot of sense. Everything just happened from there.”
In 2001, Eddie wrote the moving anthem, “Spirit of America” one week after the tragedy of 9/11. An acquaintance working at Clear Channel in Charleston asked him for a recording of the song, and soon “Spirit of America” was getting played hourly on every Clear Channel station in Charleston. The song eventually got airplay in markets all over the country, including The Howard Stern Show. Based on the success of “Spirit of America,” Charleston’s local police asked Eddie to write a song for them. He was invited to perform that song, “The Thin Blue Line” at the The National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial,in Washington, DC in front of President Bush and 30,000 police officers. “That was a big deal for me,” says Eddie. “It got me on Fox & Friends (Fox News Channels’ irreverent morning program), which was great because it was my first serious national exposure. “The Thin Blue Line” is included on Eddie Bush.
In the fall of 2004, Eddie Bush signed a deal with Tone-Box Records in Nashville to release his debut album. “It's Hard to Stop a Train” the album’s first single, was written by Craig Wiseman, who won CMA’s Song of the Year for “Live Like You Were Dying” (recorded by Tim McGraw). ““It's Hard to Stop a Train” is such a fun tune,” says Eddie. “When it’s played at local dance clubs, people – line dancers especially – just flock to the dance floor. That is the sign of a great song.” Eddie has also filmed a video for the song. Beyond the strength of “It’s Hard To Stop A Train,” Eddie Bush is the rare album that truly reveals the artist’s versatility as a musician and songwriter, with stories that feel both personal and universal whether they come in the guise of a solid country rocker like “Trouble In a Skirt” or the upbeat sentimentality of “Call Me Lucky.”
“What I do to get away from assuming that anyone really cares about what goes on in my life,” Eddie offers, “is pay attention to what goes on around me. An example would be “She’s My Life,” which was written about a musician friend going through a divorce. We were talking one day and he made a comment about how this woman was his life, but she couldn’t be in his life. I thought that was very poignant. “Every Memory” is a beautiful power ballad and “Heartbreak Can’t Last Forever” is very a melody–driven song I co-wrote with my friend Bob Shipley. I think the ballads on this record are typically very heart-felt and stylistically a little bit different.”
The rousing two-step, “We Don’t Kiss Like That Anymore” and the album closer, “Two Nights In a Row” show Eddie’s lyrical playfulness and keen sense of humor. “Songs are like time capsules that can take you right back to the place you were when you wrote them. Ultimately, if I’ve been very moved by something I’ve written about, then hopefully you’ll be moved by it as well when listening to my songs.”
Eddie Bush has earned encores and standing ovations from audiences around the country while sharing the stage with such respected and popular country artists as Darryl Worley, John Michael Montgomery, Deana Carter, Sherrie Austin, Montgomery Gentry and Jimmy Wayne. He’s also won over the fans of classic rockers like 38 Special, Ted Nugent, Sammy Hagar, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick and Eddie Money. “I’ve had so many great opportunities to introduce people to my music,” says Eddie. “Any time I have a chance to play in front of an audience, I’m going to do it.” The manufacturers of Dillion Guitars have also honored Eddie with his own signature acoustic guitar, distinguished by its stallion shaped sound hole. “Dillion’s Eddie Bush Model is a pretty cool thing, considering where I’m at in my career,” says Eddie. “I get a lot of comments about this guitar because it’s really unique and I feel like I’m a little bit unique as well.”
Eddie Bush looks at the release of his new album as the exciting next step in a career that’s already been successful beyond his dreams. “I live my life in and around music and it’s all I’ve ever really known,” says Eddie. “I recently met a woman in the industry who told me how a huge percentage of signed artists never achieve in their careers what I’ve achieved so far. I’m really glad to be releasing this album and having these successes at the point I’m at now. I’m definitely ready for it.”