“Opry Member Josh Turner Brings Real Country to Town”
By Christian F. Scalise
It was truly a special treat for concertgoers at the beautiful Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Thursday November 12th as MCA Nashville/UMG recording artist and member of the Grand Ole Opry, Josh Turner brought his neotraditional style to the Chicago suburb, or as Turner jokingly called it, “Wayne’s World,” based on the classic film starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey.
After an opening acoustic set by newcomer Raquel Cole, Turner took the stage at 8:55pm welcomed by continuous cheers and thunderous applause. Josh opened the show with hits “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker” and “Everything Is Fine.”
The solid turnout was quite impressive to see on a Thursday night, even more so for an artist who unapologetically represents and performs REAL country music. Regardless of the unoriginal industry controlled music on the radio, Turner remains true to his roots by honoring the very music that brought him to the genre.
Mr. Turner’s band of beloved country music staples; steel guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and upright bass delivered a refreshing alternative to the huge void that many of today’s so called “country” artists fail to incorporate into their own live shows.
Slowing things down a bit, Josh performed a ballad titled “Slow Moon Rising,” while the official music video featuring his beautiful wife Jennifer played on the large screen behind.
Performing material from his upcoming sixth studio album in four years, Josh introduced new songs, “Where All The Girls Are,” “Deep South,” “Beach Bums,” “Bench Seat” and debut single from the forthcoming record, “Lay Low” to which the audience responded to positively.
For those wondering why Josh was sporting a full beard, he
is currently involved in a fundraising campaign #NSN4SJK, (No Shave November
for St. Jude Kids) to help support and raise awareness for St. Jude’s Children
Hospital based in Memphis, TN. Assuming when the month is over, a clean shaven
Turner will return to the road once again...at least we hope!
Josh brought fans to their feet on favorites “Time Is Love,” “Haywire” and “Would You Go With Me” while the touching “Me And God” and chilling testimonial song “Long Black Train” earned well deserved applause.
Closing out the show, Josh performed his 2005 #1 hit, “Your Man.” The show ended at 10:30pm.
1. Why Don’t We Just Dance
3. Everything Is Fine
4. Backwoods Boy
5. Bring On The Sunshine
6. Slow Moon Rising (Video feat his beautiful wife Jennifer)
7. Lay Low
8. Where All The Girls Are
9. Deep South
10. Beach Bums
11. Bench Seat
12. Time Is Love
14. Me and God
15. Long Black Train
16. Would You Go With Me
17. Your Man