For many artists, adapting their songs for the concert stage can be a tricky task. But for Josh Turner and his famous river-deep baritone, it just comes naturally. The proof lies in his dynamic new album for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, Josh TurnerLive Across America. A collection of 12 live performances recorded in concert halls, theaters and even at rodeos around the country during his 2012 tour, Live Across America captures Josh at the top of his game.
It also marks his second collaboration with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®Cracker Barrel presented Josh Turner: Live at the Ryman in 2007and his first release since his fifth studio album, Punching Bag on MCA Nashville, debuted at No. 1 in June.
"This is my second go-around with Cracker Barrel, who is also sponsoring my 2012 tour. We came up with the idea of taking a Pro Tools rig out on the road and recording our show every night. And thats what Live Across America is: the best renditions of songs from all over the country," Josh says. "The fans will be able to hear recordings from their hometowns."
Concert recordings have always been important to Josh. He cites Johnny Cashs unconventional At San Quentin and Lyle Lovetts Live in Texas as inspirations, and hopes his own live albums fill a void for fans that may not be able to see him regularly. "When I was growing up, I always tried to see my heroes in concert. But I often didnt have the opportunity to do that," he reveals. "With this record, fans will get to experience a little bit of my show."
The musical roadmap kicks off in Biloxi with a lively take on "All Over Me," and wraps up in front of a boisterous crowd in Atlantic City with "Why Dont We Just Dance." In between, Josh hits destinations like Plant City, Florida, for "Would You Go With Me," Austin for "Long Black Train," Atlanta for "Another Try," and Kansas City, Missouri, for "Your Man." Yes, just like his inspiration Johnny Cash once sang, Josh has been everywhere.
"Being onstage is a passion of mine. And the fact that the fans show up night after night is humbling to me. They come out to the shows and crave being entertained as much as I crave singing for them," Josh says. "Every time I step out there, I count my blessings."