Johnny Bush

Talk to My Heart

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Johnny Bush's second album after a 1994 comeback from an obscure neurological disorder that affected his voice finds the honky-tonk singer challenging his voice with a set of uptempo, tenor-led songs. In the opener, a Ray Price nugget named "Please Talk to My Heart," Bush places his voice front-and-center, proving it's just as expressive as it ever was, and possibly a bit stronger. Originals like "The Cheatin' Line" and "It Sure Feels Good (Not to Feel So Bad)" show no concessions to contemporary country, and Bush's backing band -- including Floyd Domino on piano, Jimmy Day on steel guitar, and Bobby Caldwell on electric guitar -- forge a clean, crisp honky-tonk that accentuates every song. Talk to My Heart isn't just an excellent comeback album, it's a superb country album.

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