Herbert Busby, although a performer of country gospel material, is not part of the Louisiana Busbice family from which sprang the Busby Brothers group and performers such as Buzz Busby of the Bayou Boys. Herbert Busby's surname actually was Busby and he hailed from northwest of the bayous, a tiny coal mining town named Nauvoo, AL.
A tough home environment is something this Busby has in common with the stage-name Busby brood, one of whom -- there seems to be some argument about exactly which brother -- described their poor farming life as "horrible -- best I can say for it." Herbert Busby's life at home was so awful that at only 11 he jumped a train to Texas. He wanted to be a cowboy, a goal he has in common with just about every country and western recording artist, and just like all of them he gave up on it when he realized it wasn't going to be as much fun as it seems in the movies.
Back out on the road as a hitchhiker a couple of years later, Busby caught a ride from bandleader Howard Goodman. This led to Busby singing with the Goodman group for the next years -- presumably there was some sort of audition in the car, or Goodman may have been simply demonstrating the desperation many bandleaders felt about keeping the slot filled for upfront crooner. Busby felt so grateful, at any rate, that he later credited the incident as the basis for his conversion to Christianity.
Busby went on to study at the Indiana Conservatory, then came up with his combo entitled the Indian River Boys. This group began recording for the Bright Star label, Busby creating a series of gospel sides including "Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross," "I Have Heard of a Land," and "Who Is at My Door Standing." ~ Eugene Chadbourne, Rovi