Roger Bush (musician)

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Roger Bush
Born (1940-09-16) September 16, 1940 (age 81)
Hollywood, California
GenresBluegrass music, country music
InstrumentsBass, guitar
Associated actsKentucky Colonels, Country Gazette

Roger Bush (born September 16, 1940[1]) is an American bassist and guitarist.

Early history[edit]

Roger Bush was born in Hollywood and raised in El Monte, California. After high school, he started the Green Mountain Boys bluegrass group with his brother Sherman and future Golden State Boys Don Parmley and Tom Kuehl.[2]

Kentucky Colonels[edit]

Roland White (brother of Clarence White) taught Bush how to play upright bass. In 1961, Bush replaced bassist Eric White (brother of Roland and Clarence) in the Country Boys[3] which in 1962 became the Kentucky Colonels.[4][5]

In 1962, Bush accompanied Clarence White on guitar on a recording captured on a home tape recorder. This recording was released in 1980 by Sierra as 33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals.[6]

When the Kentucky Colonels disbanded in 1966, Bush played a country group called Trio with Clarence White and drummer Bart Haney.[7]

Doug Dillard Expedition[edit]

Bush met Byron Berline in September 1969 and replaced David Jackson in Doug Dillard and the Expedition (after the departure of Gene Clark from Dillard & Clark.[8][9]

Country Gazette[edit]

In 1971, Bush and Berline formed Country Gazette. They initially assisted the Flying Burrito Brothers with a tour and live album, then recorded their first album in 1972.[10] Bush stayed with Country Gazette until 1977. The original Country Gazette (including Bush) reunited in 1980 and again in 1985.[11]


As part of the Kentucky Colonels[edit]

  • 1962: The New Sound Of Bluegrass America (Briar) reissued by Sierra in 2007
  • 1964: Appalachian Swing! (World Pacific)
  • 1964: Long Journey Home (Vanguard) released 1991
  • 1965: Scotty Stoneman with the Kentucky Colonels: Live in L.A. (Sierra)
  • 1988: On Stage (Rounder) from 1964
  • 1999: Live In Stereo (Double Barrel) from 1965

As part of Country Gazette[edit]

  • 1972: A Traitor In Our Midst! (United Artists)
  • 1973: Don't Give Up Your Day Job (United Artists)
  • 1975: Country Gazette Live (Transatlantic)
  • 1976: Out To Lunch aka "The Sunny Side of the Mountain (Flying Fish / Transatlantic)

With Billy Ray Lathum and Clarence White[edit]

  • 2007: Rare Performance (Shikata) recorded in summer 1964)

With the Flying Burrito Brothers[edit]

With Clarence White[edit]

  • 1962: Clarence White: 33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals (Sierra) with Bush playing rhythm guitar

Also appears on[edit]


  1. ^ Thompson, Richard (September 16, 2011). "I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky #351". Bluegrass Today. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Thomas Aubrunner. "Country Gazette (Part 1)". Burrito Brother. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Griffin, Sid (2005). Bluegrass Guitar: Know the Players, Play the Music (1 ed.). Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  4. ^ Carlin, Richard (2003). Country Music: A Biographical Dictionary (1 ed.). Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "IBMA Announces 2016 Inductees to International Bluegrass Hall of Fame". IBMA. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals: Clarence White". Grateful Dead FamilyDiscography. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  7. ^ staff writer (December 15, 2016). "Clarence White 7/1973". Rock and Roll Paradise. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  8. ^ Stambler, Irwin (Jul 14, 2000). Country Music: The Encyclopedia (1 ed.). Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  9. ^ Kingsbury, Paul (Dec 16, 2004). The Encyclopedia of Country Music (1 ed.). Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  10. ^ Erlewine, Michael (1997). All Music Guide to Country: The Experts' Guide to the Best Recordings in Country Music (1 ed.). Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  11. ^ Lawless, John (May 27, 2014). "On This Day #30 – Country Gazette Live". Bluegrass Today. Retrieved July 5, 2017.

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