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Willie Nelson’s 4th of July PIcnic Concert in Austin 2017

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Tickets for Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic are open to the public starting at 10 a.m. on April 21. It’s the third year for the annual event to be held at the Circuit of the Americas and the 44th edition of the picnic overall.

This year’s all-day event features performances from artists on two stages, including Willie Nelson & Family, Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle, Margo Price, Asleep At The Wheel, Turnpike Troubadours, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Johnny Bush, Billy Joe Shaver, David Allan Coe, Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real, Insects vs. Robots, Raelyn Nelson Band, Folk Uke.

Tickets are priced at $89.50 for the GA Pit Section and Reserved Seat Section in front of the stage. Reserved bowl tickets are $69.50-$89.50 and $39.50 for H-E-B General Admission Lawn. There are also a limited number of special VIP packages available for sale including the “Outlaw” hospitality package for $350, the “Trigger” package for $450, and “Shotgun” hospitality for $550.

All tickets will be available at,, all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Texas, or they can be charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Standard parking lots at Circuit of The Americas open at 10 a.m. and gates to the Austin360 Amphitheater will open at 11:00 a.m. Standard Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Premium Parking, Bus Parking, RV Parking, as well as campsites are also available for purchase at the time tickets are purchased.

Live Nation, C3 Presents and Circuit of The Americas (COTA) are proud to announce the return of Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic to Circuit of The Americas. The legendary Willie Nelson plays host to one of America’s most celebrated festivals, and the 4th of July Picnic returns to COTA for the third year. Joining Willie at this year’s party is a star-studded cavalcade of his friends.

Ticket and pre-sale information here.  

Willie Nelson and Friends

Thursday, August 25th, 2016


Dallas Wayne, LeeAnn Womack, Johnny Bush, backstage at Willie Nelson’s picnic

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016


Dallas Wayne, Lee Ann Womack and Johnny Bush backstage at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in Austin, TX.

Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, “The Party’s Over”

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Johnny Bush and Ben Dorcy at Willie Nelson’s Picnic

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015


Thanks to Andy Bush, from Georgia, for his photo of Johnny Bush and Ben Dorcy, who kindly posed for him, at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic Saturday.  Nice to meet you, Andy!

Andy said this about the show:

“The 3rd song (actually 2nd of the three) they sung together was “Reasons to Quit.” What a thrill it was to stand there a few feet from the stage and watch my favorite two singers together. I’ve seen them both dozens of times, but together only once before on the “Last of the Breed” tour. This was my first picnic and I got to meet Linda Banks to boot!

One funny thing that happened during their set together took place during “Poncho and Lefty.” Willie is so used to singing the song by himself every show now (I believe in the old days, Jody Payne sang Merle’s lines with him), he just went ahead and sang Merle’s line. Figuring out what he’d done, he just looked over at Merle and gave that priceless Willie Nelson smile. They laughed it off, no egos, just two class acts.

God thank you for such a great day!”

Andy and I took a selfie, too.


Willie Nelson and Johnny Bush

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

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Johnny Bush was at Willie Nelson’s first 4th of July Celebration — and he will be there Saturday, July 4th, 2015 in Austin.

“Whiskey River” by Johnny Bush (The Story behind the song)

Friday, January 9th, 2015

by David Scarlett
Country Weekley

Johnny Bush’s career as a solo artist was taking off in the early ’70s when he came to a disc jockey convention in Nashville to sign a deal with RCA records. That’s where the Texas native met RCA executive Jerry Bradley, who planted the seed for “Whiskey River,” a song that would blossom into one of the best-loved — and most recorded — in all of country music.

At the time, Johnny had already experienced sucess with a series of hits including, “You Gave Me a Mountain” and “My CUp Runneth Over.” Still, Jerry wanted him to write a very special song.

Johnny picks up the story.

“Jerry told me, ‘Johnny, what we’ve got to do now is, you’ve gotta write a hit.’ And I said, ‘Jerry, with all the songwriters in Nashville — Harlan Howard, Willie Nelson, Hank Cochran, Bill Anderson and people like that we can draw from — you want me to write the song?.”

But Jerry knew Johnny had a hit in him, and put the ball back in Johnny’s court.

“On my way back to Texas from Nashville,” continues Johnny, “I was on my tour bus and when I woke up in Texarkana, I had the idea about ‘Whiskey River.’ And by the time I got home, I had it written.”

Johnny’s recording of the song went on to becoem a Top 15 hit, but his longtime Texas buddy, Willie Nelson, recorded it and made it a huge hit in 1978 — and his signature tune. In fact, Willie has recorded the song over twenty times.

And it’s a good thing. The royalty checks from the song helped sustain Johnny through some lean years that resulted from a rare vocal disorder.

“I’d jsut released ‘Whiskey River’ and it was climbing the charts when it struck,” he recalls. As a result, Johnny’s career took a serious downturn and it would be years before his vocal problem was correctly diagnosed and treated. Now he’s got a new album, Green Snake, and is back working as many dates as he wants to.

But ‘Whiskey River’ and his pal, Willie, were always there for him. Willie even joined Trick Pony in recording the tune for the group’s upcoming album.

“I just hope it makes the cut,” says Johnny modestly. “You know a lot of time songs are recorded that never make it onto the album.”

Don’t worry Johnny. It’ll be there.

— David Scarlett

Legendary Reunion: Johnny Bush, Mickey Gilley

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Thanks to Sue Mayfield Geiger, for sending along the video.  Check out her website here:

Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, “My Own Peculiar Way”

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Willie Nelson and Friends

Saturday, August 30th, 2014


Johnny Bush played at Willie Nelson’s First Picnic, and he’ll be at his next picnic (Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth, Texas)

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014



photo credit:

Cosett Holland, Johnny Bush & Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, “My Own Peculiar Way”

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Johnny Bush celebrates new album “Reflections” and reflects on his life in interview with Dallas Wayne on Sirius/XM Radio

Thursday, August 29th, 2013


The “Country Caruso” Johnny Bush celebrates his new album “Reflections” by looking back over his impressive 60-plus year music career, including tales from his days on the road with Willie Nelson and, in this extensive two-hour interview with Dallas Wayne airing over Labor Day Weekend:  Saturday 8/31 Noon ET; Sunday 9/1 10 am ET and Monday 9/2 3 pm ET.

For information on how you can hear this:

Willie Nelson and friends

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013


Johnny Bush fans at the Ernest Tubb Record Store, Fort Worth Stockyards

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013


The walls of Ernest Tubb Record Store in the Stockyards at Forth Worth are covered with Johnny Bush memorabilia, and the guy working there had stories galore. Besides posters, pictures, records, and posters about his upcoming performances, including Picnic on Thursday, there is a giant photo album full of pictures of Johnny with other artists.