Fourteen years ago South Carolina native Josh Turner released his debut album. He wrote the title track and first single, “Long Black Train,” which he debuted at his first Grand Ole Opry performance in 2001. The tune was very well received and stayed on the Billboard country charts for over 40 weeks. It was nominated in 2004 for a number of awards – including CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year, Country Music Association Awards Song of the Year, and Inspirational Country Music Awards Song of the Year. Since “Long Black Train” won that Inspirational Country Music Award, he has charted four No. 1s, “Your Man,” “Would You Go with Me,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” and “All Over Me.”
Ten years after being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry (Hee Haw star Roy Clark invited him), Josh Turner has just released Deep South, his sixth studio album, on MCA Nashville. “I’m really proud of this album,” Josh Turner says. “It was really important for me to expand creatively and explore in new ways for this record. The way I pick songs is different now. There are so many things in my life and career that have matured me as an artist.”
There is no mistaking Josh Turner’s rich deep vocals and the allure of the Deep South starts with the first string sound on the title track. The song shares treasures from a southern life, whether it be drinking sweet tea, eating fried chicken, staring out at an oak tree, or listening to Charley Pride while sitting on a front porch swing, the track will remind you of Mayberry, the small town setting on The Andy Griffith Show.
The current radio single “Hometown Girl” was co-written by Marc Beeson and Daniel Tashian and describes a woman who grew up in a small southern town.
She couldn’t hide her beauty with a baseball cap
Couldn’t help but shine with a heart like that
New York called when she turned 21
But she never forgot where she came from
And her roots run deeper than that old town square
She’s a good girl but she’s not uptight
She can rise and shine and she can hang all night
She’s got an old soul, she’s the salt of the earth
When she gives her love she knows what it’s worth
There’s a lot of pretty girls out there to me
But there’s nothing like the one right across the street
The album’s first single “Lay Low,” written by Ross Copperman, Tony Martin and Mark Nesler makes one think of relaxing to raindrops hitting an old tin roof while sitting on the front porch with your boots propped on the railing. I’m definitely picturing the Deep South in future travel plans.