Bud Willow

Real Name:
Mike Rebhahn
Country musician from Wisconsin and leader of the band Hillbilly Fever.

From Promo Literature:

Meet Bud Willow

Promising country artist Bud Willow just wanted to bloom where he was planted. His fans, however, had a much bigger garden in ind and finally convinced the Wisconsin native to Nashville a try.

The result of all this encouragement and cultivation is his debut album, "Friday Never End." Produced by Nashville veteran Jack Solomon and engineered by Grammy Award-winner Tom Pick, the album features six Willow originals and two other cuts, "A Reason For the Rain" written by Willow's hero, Larry Boone, and "White Lighnin'" written by he late J. P. (Big Bopper) Richardson. Willow's album was recorded on Thunder Ridge Records, Nashville, Tennessee.

"Every song he writes has heart," Willow says of Boone. "He also puts so uch feeling into a song when he sings it. He's my absolute hero."

But heart is not lost on any of Willow's songs. With his own heart on his shirtsleeve, the composer-crooner takes his music through the emotional gamut from heartbreak to joy, from laughter to tears and everywhere in between.

"A lot of my songs come from real-life experiences," he says. "I feel if you don't live it you can't write about it."

Born into a Wisconsin farm family, Willow worked a number of years as a big-rig jockey and wrote his first song in a warehouse in Eau Claire. His early inspirations include such country music legends as George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Mel Street. He has opened for several artists including Jack Greene, Sheb Wooley, John Conlee and Tom Wopat.

Willow also has garnered a number of accolades including the first-place slot in the WAXX-sponsored band competition during the Jim Falls Sturgeon Festival and second-place in the GMC-True Value Show Band contest featuring 52 entries.

"Everybody up home wanted me to do this," Willow said of his Nashville studio sessions. "I didn't think I had any business recording in Nashville. I just enjoy playing music. As long as people like what I do and they feel I'm good enough to entertain I'll keep on. If there comes a time they don't want to hear it I'll just go away quietly."



TR-0002 Bud Willow - Fridays Never End album art Bud Willow Fridays Never End(Cass) Thunder Ridge Records TR-0002 US 1992 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TR-1100 Bud Willow - Tonight It's Gonna Rain album art Bud Willow Tonight It's Gonna Rain(7", Single) Thunder Ridge Records TR-1100 US 1992 Sell This Version