Calloused Hands

Calloused Hands


Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)

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CALLOUSED HANDS travels a virtual map of stylistic instincts from rocking country blues to slick pop flavorings to poetic musicality to intimate, acoustic expression.

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Calloused Hands by Eddie Bush

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CALLOUSED HANDS is a true representation of Eddie, as both an artist and writer. It travels a virtual map of stylistic instincts, from the rocking country blues of the title track, to the slick pop flavorings of SHAMELESS, to the poetic musicality of THE URGE OF SLEEP, to the intimate, acoustic expression of WHEN THIS MONTH IS OVER. It’s a powerful collection. 

In the spring of 2010 I was facing a new chapter in my musical career. One Flew South, the group I had spent the better part of 6 years with, had officially disbanded. It wasn’t new territory to me, as I had been a solo artist for the majority of my long career prior to OFS, but it was a melancholy period because of the bond that I shared with Chris Roberts and Royal Reed, my partners in the group, and my friendship with our producer Marcus Hummon and his family. It was odd to be “on my own”.

A bright spot in my OFS experience was my great friend Dave Matthews; he and I enjoyed being creative together and we decided to take this new chapter as an opportunity to spread our creative wings and make an album of new material. The process was invigorating, as I dug through my writing demos for the perfect cuts. My youngest brother Alex also played a role, as he couldn’t contain his excitement of participating in the act of choosing songs. I met Steve Clark and Ben Bennett during this time as well, and found myself playing in an electric power trio for the first time in years. It was like being in the garage all over again.

I teach a great young group in Charleston called the 3 Dudes, and they invited me — the Ploch family, that is — to record in their house. And so it began.

Dave flew into Charleston, and CALLOUSED HANDS was born. In 2010, we recorded 12 songs, crazy with excitement from the sounds we were getting. The songs were chosen from a variety of places; SHAMELESS from the OFS record; THE URGE OF SLEEP from my ‘96 solo record; ROLLERCOASTER RIDE from a demo I recorded in ‘98; BROKEN WHEEL and OVER THE MOON new songs just written. In short, the goal was to make the most complete record possible, for the sake of expression through this art form.

Everything we knew as normal, the passion of the project, the focus Dave and I shared, the desire to take this disc all the way, was drastically changed Dec. 29th, 2010, when my brother Alex and his girlfriend Katie Scott were killed by a drunk driver. Alex was 24, Katie 22, and they had no chance. My life was forever altered.

After the initial shock hit, the only thing I could do was write. Two days after losing them, I wrote WHEN THIS MONTH IS OVER and WE SHARED TIME. As my life was changed, now too was the focus of this record. It became more important to me than just another collection of songs. It was now a reminder of the love my brother had for this music as well as the many memories we created during the planning and creation of the disc while Alex was still very much alive and a true part of it. Today as I see the release of CALLOUSED HANDS come to fruition, I realize that its release is sincerely as much a celebration of my brother as it is a celebration of my creative energy.

Please enjoy this as you will, and know that I poured every ounce of my emotions and musicality into this, for my love of music, for my love of Alex.


7 reviews for Calloused Hands

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    An outstanding collection of songs! I absolutely love She Goes 18 and The Urge of Sleep. But with so many to pick from, it’s hard to choose one favorite! Thank you Eddie!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    This album was everything I’ve come to love with Eddie’s music and more. It is a solid collection of songs strung together well. I love them all but a few of my favorites are Broken Wheel, Still in the Wind, When I Grow Up, and She Goes 18 (so hard to decide really though since each song resonates with me at different times and moods). I shared the song, Over the Moon with a child actor friend I met and told her the song totally fits her personality. Later that night her mom told me that her husband and daughter both learned to sing and play it on the guitar! Calloused Hands is a wonderful masterpiece and must-have for country/rock fans alike. Have a listen y’all!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    CD Baby Review [Added]

    A Roller Coaster Ride of Thrills!

    Such an amazing CD! So many great tracks, and the songs written in tribute to Eddie’s brother Alex are both heart wrenching and passionate. It is truly a labor of love.

    I can’t listen to Calloused Hands without experiencing a full range of emotions, starting with the uplifting Gonna Be A Good Day, then heading over to Shameless (which reminds me of Eddie’s former group One Flew South), then on to the fantastic lyrics of Trouble, and the forever haunting, unforgettable connection with The Urge of Sleep.

    Joy, Perseverance, Gratitude, Sorrow, Appreciation… It is itself a roller coaster ride and a true gift to experience.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    CD Baby Review [Added]


    I love music!!! From the time I rise until I lay my head on the pillow at night I have a song in my head!!! I have music for every emotion that I experience in my life , but rarely do I hear a musician that satisfies every emotion within one album!!! Eddie Bush’s new disc ” Calloused Hands ” is that rare animal that makes me grin, brings a tear to my eye, and has me playing air guitar all over the room!!! I urge anyone that appreciates great musicianship to give this disc a listen… will not be disappointed!!!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    CD Baby Review [Added]


    “Eddie flies south,” is how the vocal trio of One Flew South described their start (and band name). Well EDDIE BUSH is “back on the ride again” with the right mix of country, blues, rock, and popular music that makes the Nashville sound so dominant and appealing to today’s rapidly growing audience. CALLOUSED HANDS explodes with heart and passion weaved in and out of every track on the song list. It is a complete album filled with every emotion imaginable. No energy drinks needed here. Eddie provides plenty of energy on this record that will help you discover muscles you hardly knew about begin to twitch and suddenly you are out of your seat dancing around your living room.

    This is a terrific buy and the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who appreciates superb musicianship in every sense.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    CD Baby Review [Added]

    Amazing Singer/Songwriter!!!!!

    I have known Eddie for a few years now. This album is truly the best one he has ever put out. It covers all the emotions anyone could be dealing with at any time. This album also shows how amazingly talented Eddie is not only as a singer and song writer but as a musician. I recommend everyone to get this cd, you will not be disappointed and it will make you look forward to his next album.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    CD Baby Review [Added]

    The Guitar Wizard has done it again

    Eddie is a good personal friend of mine and he has once again done it again. I have heard every song he has written and preformed both live and recorded. This album by far is one of his best. It has so much heart and passion behind it for a lot of reasons as does all of his music. Calloused hands has been a long time coming and well worth the wait. It is a must have album from who I believe is one of the greatest men and musicians I have ever had the honor of knowing.

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