"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]

"Whiskey River"
Single by Johnny Bush
from the album Whiskey River
B-side"Right Back in Your Arms Again"[1]
ReleasedJuly 1972 (1972-07)
Format7" single
GenreCountry, roots country
LabelRCA Victor #0745
Songwriter(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]
Format7" single
GenreCountry, Outlaw Country, roots country
LabelColumbia #10877
Songwriter(s)Johnny Bush
Paul Stroud
Producer(s)Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson singles chronology
"There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight"
"Whiskey River"
"Sweet Memories"

Willie Nelson versionsEdit

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. Nelson's version is featured in the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack.

Chart performanceEdit

Johnny BushEdit

Chart (1972) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 14
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 7
Chart (1981) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 92
  • ARe-recording.

Willie NelsonEdit

Chart (1978) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 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.
  5. ^ a b "Johnny Bush Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Willie Nelson Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.