Cowboys & Indians Magazine interviewed Josh Turner about his new album:
It’s a late-March afternoon at Billy Bob’s Texas, and there aren’t many folks inside the historic and huge Fort Worth honky-tonk just yet. I’m sitting alone in the music hall area, watching 34-year-old country star Josh Turner and his band kick off soundcheck for that evening’s show.
“Chp chp chp; psp psp psp. … Hey hey; ho ho.”
Dressed casual in jeans and work boots, Turner tests his microphone a few times and mills about the stage, chatting with his keyboard-playing wife, Jennifer, and other band members. Eventually, he grabs a guitar, and the band launches into “All Over Me,” the endlessly catchy summer jam from 2010’s Haywire. His bass-to-baritone voice is in top form, and the players behind him are already at studio quality – on the first soundcheck song. I proceed to surrender disbelief, and pretend I’m getting a private concert from one of country music’s most talented and prolific young traditionalists.
The next one they run through is “Time Is Love,” a sweet, mandolin-tinged new single from Turner’s upcoming fifth album Punching Bag (out June 12 on MCA Nashville). They nail it. Same goes for the final test run, the female-form-worshiping barn burner “Eye Candy.”
Fifteen minutes later, I’m ushered to a stark backstage waiting room to chat with the singer.
Q: What do the kids think of all this craziness?
Turner: They’re pretty flexible, with the things we put them through and the places we drag them to. We’re in a different place every day. There are so many different things to do, so many types of people to be around. In some ways it’s great, because they get to see the country we live in with their own eyes -- things a lot of children experience only in textbooks. So that’s great, plus there’s the fact that we’re together. But I guess the negative side is that we get run down.
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