One Flew South

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One Flew South
One Flew South - Photo by Anthony Pepitone.jpg
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee, United States
Years active2005-2009[1]
Past membersEddie Bush
Royal Reed
Chris Roberts

One Flew South was an American country music group composed of Eddie Bush, Chris Roberts, and Royal Reed, all three of whom sing lead vocals and play acoustic guitar. The group's first recording was a song for the soundtrack to the 2006 Disney animated film The Fox and the Hound 2. In 2007, One Flew South signed to Decca Records, releasing their debut album Last of the Good Guys in May 2008. The album featured collaborations with Marcus Hummon and J.D. Souther, producing the single "My Kind of Beautiful" which charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.


Eddie Bush, Royal Reed, J.D. Souther, Chris Roberts

After a solo career, Royal Reed, a native of El Paso, Texas, met Chris Roberts, a native of New Orleans in the late 1990s while both were starring in a production of the Broadway musical The Civil War, alongside singer Larry Gatlin in New York City.[2] Gatlin, who had once fronted a trio which also included his two brothers (Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers) mentored Reed and Roberts suggesting they add a third member to complete their vocal-centric group.[3] Initially, they could not find a suitable third member for the trio. Eventually, they befriended Marcus Hummon with whom they began to write songs.[3] Through Hummon, the two discovered South Carolina native Eddie Bush who was added to the group in 2005.[4] The three members discovered that they worked well together as a vocal trio, and they chose the name One Flew South.[5] All three sing lead vocals on their songs.[6]

One Flew South's first recording was the song "Friends for Life" which Hummon co-wrote; the trio recorded the song on the soundtrack to the 2006 film The Fox and the Hound 2.[7] After the song was released, the trio began recording demo tapes while seeking a record deal. With Hummon's help they were signed to a recording contract with Decca Records in 2007, as well as a publishing contract with Sony/ATV Publishing.[3] Their debut album, Last of the Good Guys was released on May 27, 2008, debuting at No. 67 on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts;[5] Most of the album's songs were co-written by the group's three members along with Hummon and rock songwriter J.D. Souther.[8] Hummon also produced the album in addition to playing guitar, piano, and mandolin on it. The album's lead-off single, "My Kind of Beautiful" was co-written by Andy Griggs, who previously recorded it on his 2005 album This I Gotta See. It went for radio adds on June 2[9] and debuted at No. 57 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts for the chart week of June 21, 2008 where it stayed for a week. For the week of August 16, 2008, the song re-entered the Hot Country Songs charts at No. 56.



Title Album details Peak positions
US Country
Last of the Good Guys 67


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2008 "My Kind of Beautiful" 54 Last of the Good Guys
2009 "Life"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video
2008 "My Kind of Beautiful"


  1. ^ "About". Eddie Bush. Archived from the original on 2013-08-24. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  2. ^ Leggett, Steve. "One Flew South biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-09.
  3. ^ a b c "About One Flew South". Retrieved 2008-06-09.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Doerschuk, Robert L. (2008-05-07). "New Artist Spotlight: One Flew South". American Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-06-09.
  5. ^ a b "Newcomers One Flew South to release debut album". That's Country. 2007-05-28. Retrieved 2008-06-09.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Grant, Devin (2008-06-05). "Lowcountry native musician just 'Flew South' with band". Charleston Post and Courier. Archived from the original on 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2008-06-09.
  7. ^ Coleman, Kathy. "Various Artists - The Fox and the Hound 2 (Soundtrack)". Retrieved 2008-06-09.
  8. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Last of the Good Guys: Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-09.
  9. ^ "Newcomers One Flew South's Debut Single 'My Kind Of Beautiful' Gets Early Radio Response". 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2008-06-09.

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