One Flew South
are an American country music group composed of Eddie Bush, Chris
Roberts, and Royal Reed, all three of whom sing lead vocals and play
In 2007, One Flew South signed to Decca Records and Sony/ATV Publishing.
They release their debut album "Last of the Good Guys" in May 2008. The
single "My Kind of Beautiful" charted on the Billboard Hot Country
Songs charts. Most of the songs on it were co-written by the group's
three members, along with Marcus Hummon, who also produced the album,
in addition to playing guitar, piano, and mandolin on it, and rock
songwriter J.D. Souther, well known both as a performer and as a writer
and co-writer of hit songs for other artists like Eagles, Linda
Ronstadt, James Taylor and Jackson Browne.
Interview with Eddie Bush,
singer and guitarist
of One Flew South:
S: When and how was One Flew
OFS met and sang together for the first time 8/7/05. The minute we sang
together, it was a no-brainer...OFS was born!.
S: Where is the name of the
band coming from?
Royal and Chris live in Nashville and I live in Charleston, SC; when I
fly home, I "fly south"..
S: How and when did all begin
We all started young; Royal's background was Western Swing ( his
grandfather played with Bob Wills). He played in multiple country cover
groups in LA, before getting the gig that would introduce him to Chris,
a part in "The Civil War", a Broadway show in NY. Chris' mother is a
classical pianist, which gave him a strong interest in classical work,
long before he became interested in writing songs. He pursued music in
NY while going to college, and at the advice of a friend, auditioned
for a Broadway show...after getting the gig, shows became a
regularity. When he got a part in THE CIVIL WAR who could've seen that
it would lead to the idea the became One Flew South.
I started playing guitar at age 4; it was all I cared about, playing
guitar and aiming to be as good as my heroes- Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van
Halen, Prince, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck. I played my first pro gig at 16,
and subsequently released 6 full length cds, and 4 eps. I charted with
"Hard to stop a train", my single in 2005 ( right before I met Chris
and Royal). Also, I've been blessed to tour with lots of my heroes-
Eric Johnson, Ted Nugent, Sammy Hagar, 38 Special, Cheap Trick, Jeff
Healey, Keith Urban, REO Speedwagon, Eddie Money, Jefferson Starship, etc.
are the positive and negative sides of being a musician in USA?
Positive in terms of the varied stylistic approaches that are seemingly
accepted by American music fans.
Negative in the heavily formulaic approach by the corporate side of
music on mainstream radio; there is a reason for the current rise in
S: Do you feel anxious before a
Totally...every show is different, especially regarding the energy of
the audience, and we want to leave the best impression possible. It's
impossible, and healthy to have nerves!
S: What musicians or artists had
an influence in your life and in your work?
BEATLES, HENDRIX, CSN, EAGLES, PRINCE, KEITH URBAN, POCO, SIMON &
GARFUNKEL, ERIC JOHNSON
S: Do you remember what was the
first CD you bought?
KISS - "DESTROYER"
S: Do you think the emotion is
different between a song in English and in another language?
S: How could you define the
music of One Flew South?
Harmony laden, folk infused roots rock.
S: Do you agree with Victor Hugo
who said :"Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad"?
Yes...I love that quote!!
S: When you write a song you
follow your heart, your brain or your hand?
S: What is your favourite song
of One Flew South and why?
I have 2 ( it's so hard to choose!) MAKIN" IT RAIN, a song that I feel
captures the very essence of OFS, and SARA, the song that I feel best
shows this beautiful marriage of our multiple influences, the country
instrumentation, the CSN style harmonies, the poetic imagery of the
lyric, the rock friendly guitar solo. To me, very fresh, and very
S: As musician, what is your
feeling about Internet?
the internet offers so much to an artist...there is opportunity for
truly unequaled exposure to your work.
S: Who is the "First of the Good
Guys" in the band ?
The first "good guy" would have to be Chris...OFS was his idea!
S: Can you describe what is a
typical One Flew South's day?
Early radio visits, afternoon radio visits or drive time to a gig, and
a performance at night, with song writing opportunities taken
throughout the day.
S: What are your hobbies aside
NASCAR and NFL.
you venturesome person?
Yes, I think so..
S: Where would you like to play
in the future, is there a place in the world you would love to visit?
EUROPE...would LOVE to visit FRANCE, always wanted to go there,
specifically for the great history. Also would like to visit Scotland.
there any things, which you are afraid of? Do you have any fears?
I have to admit...I HATE needles.
S: What is the best moment and
best place to listen to your music?
place where you can REALLY listen.
our website is dedicated to Manic Street Preachers maybe can you say
some words about them?
Love the Manic Street Preachers!! We've known them over here for a long
know it’s a difficult question, but if you would have to keep
just one album from your CD collection what album would it be?
-The Beatles...It almost HAS to be a BEATLES record, you know?
S: What was the last song you
listened to before the interview? And, if you know, which one will be
: And so
it goes - Billy Joel
Next song up on my current playlist is Desert Rose by Eric Johnson
S: Can you tell us the name of
one French song, or singer, or band?
S: And say something in French?
Bonjour de la part de One Flew South! Je vous remercie pour cette
S: What are your plans for the
Supporting our new single, LIFE.
S: And finally, what’s
the most important thing in life for you?
: My wife,
and our family, as well as our French Bulldogs, Lily, and Jamie, our
Lab Streets, and our cats, Winnie and Pooh Bear.
MANY thanks to Eddie and One Flew South for the interview!
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