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Josh Turner at Festival Park- July 12th, 2014

"Traditional Country visits Festival Park"



By Christian Scalise

On a muggy summer evening, country music fans packed into Festival Park in downtown Elgin, Illinois alongside the Fox River to catch MCA Nashville recording artist, singer/songwriter and the second youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry, Josh Turner perform on Saturday July 12th, 2014.


Not even a forecast of potential storms could stop dedicated fans from seeing the  Multi Platinum selling music superstar in person. Thankfully, the concert was spared by the storms until the very last song of the night was performed. The torrential downpour of rain began immediately after Josh left the stage at 9:30pm.


Cheyenne Rose, daughter of Chicago’s very own US*99.5's “Ramblin Ray” Stevens, opened the show performing an eclectic mix of contemporary flavored cover tunes and original songs. Her musical style is very much influenced by today’s hit makers and more of a pop sounding style. 


Taking the stage promptly at 8pm, Josh was welcomed by solid applause as he opened the show with "Backwoods Boy," "All Over Me" and "Haywire." Wearing a sleeveless button down shirt, denim jeans and a pair of black Ariat boots; Josh smiled back at and waved hello to the crowd.


Josh’s SENSATIONAL and madly talented band the “Honkin' Tonkies” provided a much needed reminder on how a REAL country band should sound. It’s very unfortunate that many of today’s touring country acts have stage shows full of electric guitars, bass, drums and synthesizers. While those instruments are appreciated, whatever happened to staying true to your roots? The sweet sounds of the banjo, mandolin, pedal steel, Dobro, and fiddle permeated the air thanks to Josh and his mighty fine band!


It is time for a music revolution don’t you reckon?? Country music fans need to institute a “Country Music Constitution.” Unless you have a pedal steel, Dobro, fiddle or banjo in your band, hit the road and leave the genre!!  


It has been a little over two years since Josh's last studio album, "Punching Bag" was released, but that didn't seem to affect the hit filled set list one bit. Josh shared with the audience that he plans to have a new single out within the next month or two, and the album release to follow early next year. He also encouraged fans to purchase an autographed copy of his brand new book, “Man Stuff” at the merchandise tent.


If you are a true fan of Josh Turner, then you are well aware that he is a devoted husband and father, dedicated Christian and loyal disciple of traditional country music. His deep and unique vocal style, stage presence, and structured upbringing all play an instrumental role in the success of his career.


Josh strolled through his catalogue of hits such as his first #1 song, “Your Man,” “Time Is Love,” “Would You Go With Me,” plus new unreleased songs “Lay Low” and “Bench Seat.” (I could definitely see “Bench Seat” becoming an instant radio hit.)


One of his most well known and recognized hits, “Long Black Train” followed. It was a touching moment and very fitting considering the Milwaukee District Metra Line train tracks ran alongside the Festival Park stage.


Before closing out the show, Josh performed “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and gave a show stopping encore of the beloved hit, “Firecracker.”


A HUGE thank you to Josh Turner and his band for proudly carrying the country music torch for all of us traditionalists to enjoy; it was truly savored by everyone in attendance.   


Set List:


1. Backwoods Boy

2. All Over Me

3. Haywire

4. Your Man

5. Good Problem

6. Punching Bag

7. Time Is Love

8. Wouldn’t Be A Man

9. Me And God

10. Would You Go With Me

11. Lay Low

12. Bench Seat

13. Long Black Train

14. Everything Is Fine

15. Why Don’t We Just Dance




16. Firecracker


For more information, visit Josh Turner's official website:

Enjoy pictures from the show. (Credit, Christian F. Scalise/Country Stars Central)

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