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Review: Josh Turner’s Punching Bag

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We know and love Josh Turner because of his previous hits such as Long Black Train that sounded so much like Johnny Cash, it was shocking. That was followed by Your Man, Would You Go With Me, Why Don’t We Just Dance, Firecracker and a few others. Now Josh Turner has a fifth studio album titled Punching Bag.

With Michael Buffer introducing Turner as if he were a boxer in a professional boxing match the beginning to this CD is quite unique and after reading the CD booklet the title of the CD as well as referring to each track as a round becomes clear. Punching Bag is how Turner views life. He says it’s not about the hits that life brings but about how you fight back.

Turner co-wrote 8 of these 12 tracks about traditional country themes of love, life, cheating, breaking up, hurting, starting over and faith. Turner is a deeply religious man and as with some of his previous songs,that element of faith is always present. This CD has a touch of everything that we look for and love in a country album including bluegrass, influences of Johnny Cash and George Jones and that traditional country sound without the rock, pop influence.

There are three tracks that are absolutely outstanding. Cold Shoulder is a pure country ballad. The way he sings this love gone wrong song reminds us of George Strait and Alan Jackson but with Turner’s incredible baritone it sounds all the more unique. Whatcha Reckon has that traditional country sound to it and is a very upbeat happy love song. It is the kind of song that once you hear it, very pleasantly sticks in your mind for hours. The third song Pallbearer (with Marty Stuart and Iris DeMent) is a truly amazing song. It’s so incredible that words cannot do it enough justice.It is a sad song with a mournful sound but along with this mournful sound is not only a haunting, ethereal ambiance but also a traditional country slow ballad. It is so sad that at first the inclination is to not listen but then you hear the mournful melody, the haunting ethereal sound and listening all the way through is inevitable, you are drawn in and listen because you can’t help it. A song like this has not been around for quite a while.

As Turner concludes his CD notes, he encourages all of us to keep going, no matter what is thrown our way. He hopes that his songs inspire and motivate us to keep going. Its’ easy to see how listening to his incredible voice and inspiring message will motivate us to do just that as we immerse ourselves in his music.

Country Albums plunge in for Summer

Recently Released and upcoming new country music: Available now is Blown Away by Carrie Underwood, Heroes by Willie Nelson, and Ronnie Dunn Special Edition available through the Cracker Barrel Old Country store music program. Looking forward to the rest of 2012 there are quite a few upcoming country releases. Alan Jackson‘s wonderful Thirty Miles West… Continue Reading

All adds up for Country Thunder

All adds up for Country Thunder

Festival Alert: Country Thunder rumbles in the near future with a mega lineup and major fun. When it comes to summer country music festivals, there’s no competition for Country Thunder. A stellar four-day lineup of some of the biggest names in modern country music combined with all of the qualities of the great outdoors, it’s a… Continue Reading

The Windy 15 for March 28, 2010

Katie Quick returns to the number one spot while Carrie Underwood finds a new “temporary” home at number two on this week’s Windy 15. Windy 15: It’s Too Late – Katie Quick – Be the Change  | Temporary  Home – Carrie Underwood – Play On | Come On Rain – Steve Holy – Brand New… Continue Reading

The Windy 15 for March 21, 2010

This week’s greatest gainers include Taylor Swift for her Valentines Day hit “Today Was A Fairytale”  at number one and the girl-power duo, Bomshel, with their radio debut “19 and Crazy” at number three.  Steve Holy’s 2006 release, “Come on Rain”, is up eight spots to number six.   Bunch of new adds this week as… Continue Reading

The Windy 15 for March 14, 2010

Katie Quick continues her reign in the number one spot for a second week while Alan Jackson’s 1994 hit, “Gone Country” picked up some major stream power. Looks like Chicago has Gone Country! As expected, Lady Antebellum “American Honey”, from the album “Need You Know,” is quickly working its way up the chart. Windy 15:… Continue Reading

The Windy 15 for March 7, 2010

Debuting at number 1 on the Country Music Chicago Radio Windy 15 chart is Katie Quick with her release “It’s Too Late”. Quick, a local artist turned Nashville resident, released her “Be The Change” album in the fall of 2009. Windy 15: It’s Too Late – Katie Quick – Be the Change – New Add… Continue Reading

Word on the Street – Feb 21

With a chart topping album release, an Oprah Show exclusive and a couple of GRAMMY “wins”, Lady Antebellum’s country music career continues to soar in 2010. Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott had a remarkable 2009 but for the trio best known as Lady Antebellum, 2010 is rolling out quite nicely. Just after their… Continue Reading