In 2005, Eddie released the self-titled Eddie Bush, which featured Hard to Stop a Train, Eddie’s first Billboard charting single. Hard to Stop a Train and its accompanying video were featured frequently on GAC (Great American Country) and CMT (Country Music Television). The national success of Hard to Stop a Train led to a fortuitous introduction to Grammy® winning songwriter Marcus Hummon.
Having attended one of Eddie’s live performances in Nashville, Hummon was impressed by Eddie’s guitar-slinging talents and breadth of vocal range. Looking for the perfect artist to round out a trio he was creating, Hummon invited Eddie to meet with Chris Roberts and Royal Reed in Nashville. Roberts said, “From the first moment the three of us sang together it felt like home.” Reed added, “There was something about the way that we all came together. Musically, it all just fell into place; it just felt right.”
In August 2005, Eddie, Chris and Royal formed the trio One Flew South and they were quickly signed by Decca/Universal in New York. One Flew South’s debut album Last of the Good Guys included their Billboard Hot Country single My Kind of Beautiful and the album included collaborations by award-winning songwriters Marcus Hummon, Darrell Scott and JD Souther.
Last of the Good Guys’ Let the Day Carry You and She’s a Gift were co-written by Eddie and Souther. “Having the opportunity to write with a legend like JD was one of those moments where you pinch yourself; first, for the sheer experience of creating music with such a great master of the craft, and then when reveling in the beauty of the end result. I’m very proud of our work together.”
Souther, who co-wrote the Eagles’ classics Best of My Love and Heartache Tonight, said, “It’s been my good fortune to work with excellent writers and singers, and with beautiful echoes of the great harmony groups like Poco, Eagles, and even The Beach Boys, One Flew South is right in that vein of turning good melodies into the harmonic adventures you hope for when you write these kinds of songs.”
Touring heavily from 2007-2009, One Flew South performed at legendary festivals and theaters throughout the U.S., including Farm Aid’s 23rd Annual benefit concert in Massachusetts and the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island.