Whiskey River

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"Whiskey River"
Single by Johnny Bush
from the album Whiskey River
B-side "Right Back in Your Arms Again"[1]
Released July 1972 (1972-07)
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 2:32
Label RCA Victor #0745
Writer(s) Johnny Bush
Paul Stroud
Producer(s) Jerry Bradley
Johnny Bush singles chronology
"I'll Be There"
"Whiskey River"
"There Stands the Glass"
"Whiskey River"
Single by Willie Nelson
from the album Willie and Family Live
B-side "Under the Double Eagle"[2]
Released 1978
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 3:32
Label Columbia #10877
Producer(s) Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson singles chronology
"There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight"
"Whiskey River"
"Sweet Memories"

"Whiskey River" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Johnny Bush. He released the song in 1972 through RCA Victor and included it on his album Whiskey River. Bush later re-recorded the song in 1981 and released it through the Delta label, with "When My Conscience Hurts the Most" on the b-side.[1]

Willie Nelson versions[edit]

Willie Nelson first recorded "Whiskey River" for the album Shotgun Willie in 1973. In 1978, a recording from Nelson's live album Willie and Family Live was released as a single through Columbia Records.[2] "Whiskey River", despite not being a Nelson original, has come to be regarded as one of his signature songs [3][4] and a concert staple, usually the first song on the set list.

Chart performance[edit]

Johnny Bush[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 14
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 7
Chart (1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country SinglesA 92
  • ARe-recording.

Willie Nelson[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 12
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 72. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, p. 294
  3. ^ Brennan, Sandra. "Johnny Bush biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Daniels, Charlie. Growing Up Country: What Makes Country Life Country, section: Johnny Bush (see Google Books link - page number not available.