Multi-platinum-selling country music star Josh Turner invites fans to join him in scaling what the charismatic performer likes to call his “Mount Rushmore of Country Music” on his outstanding new studio album, Country State Of Mind, scheduled for release August 21st via Snakefarm Records in the UK.
This 12-song collection finds Turner in an enlightened “country state of mind” as he pays homage to a cross-section of classic country music icons, including five legends who have long held a firm place in his musical journey: Randy Travis, John Anderson, Johnny Cash, Vern Gosdin & Hank Williams.
“I’ve always said that any song you hear coming from my voice, you’re going to hear bits and pieces of those five guys,” says Turner. “They taught me how to be Josh Turner.”
Josh Turner – who headlined a night at The Long Road Festival last September during his first visit to the UK – recently treated fans to an exclusive first look at Country State Of Mind during a special Facebook Live session, viewable HERE. Fans can listen to the title track HERE, as well as watch a video teaser for the album HERE.
Country State Of Mind showcases Turner as a disciple of country music history, with the album spanning more than half a century of classic country music, encompassing both well-known standards and deep-catalogue cuts, many of which hold deep personal meaning. Turner also invited other stellar country voices – some heroes, some contemporaries – to join him in the studio as he crafted his celebration of classic country.
The new rendition of the Randy Travis classic ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’ marks Travis’ first recording session since an incapacitating 2013 stroke.
“Randy has always been my hero. He was the reason I wanted to become a country singer,” recounts Turner. “He’s an inspiring figure, not just to me but to a lot of people, so to have him sing on this record is pretty special”.
Early in his career, Turner often performed Vern Gosdin’s first chart-topping single, ‘I Can Tell By the Way You Dance (You’re Gonna Love Me Tonight)’, and has long dreamed of re-introducing it to a new generation of listeners.
Meanwhile, he teams up with John Anderson to reprise Anderson’s 1993 hit, ‘I’ve Got It Made’.
Turner also plays guitar for the first time on one of his albums on his renditions of Johnny Cash’s ‘The Caretaker’ and Hank Williams’ ‘Alone and Forsaken’ – the album’s oldest, darkest, songs.
Country Music Hall of Famer Kris Kristofferson joined Turner to record a new version of his 1973 chart-topper, ‘Why Me’.
Other standout moments include the title track, originally a 1986 hit for Hank Williams Jr., which becomes a duet with fellow Grand Ole Opry member, Chris Janson; the members of Runaway June take George Jones’ part on ‘You Don’t Seem to Miss Me’, while Maddie & Tae sing with Turner on ‘Desperately’, a 2004 single for George Strait and the album’s newest song.
Country State of Mind Track Listing:-
1. I’m No Stranger To The Rain
2. I’ve Got It Made (Duet with John Anderson)
3. Why Me (Duet with Kris Kristofferson)
4. Country State Of Mind (Duet with Chris Janson)
5. I Can Tell By The Way You Dance
6. Alone And Forsaken (Featuring Allison Moorer)
7. Forever And Ever, Amen (With Special Guest Randy Travis)
8. Midnight In Montgomery
9. Good Ol’ Boys
10. You Don’t Seem To Miss Me (Featuring Runaway June)
11. Desperately (Featuring Maddie & Tae)
12. The Caretaker
Produced by Kenny Greenberg